Well, what have we here? Hours after the Secret Service insisted that President Barack Obama was never endangered by a security breach that allowed a Real Housewives of DC hopeful and her polo aficionado husband to crash the administration’s first state dinner, The White House released a photo showing that not only did the enterprising couple get close to The Prez, they shook hands and spoke with him.
Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, met Obama in the receiving line, a “deeply concerned and embarrassed” Secret Service acknowledged Friday, confessing that procedures were not followed and officers never checked whether the two were on the guest list before allowing them onto The White House grounds. The agency previously said the president was never in any danger because the couple â€” like others at the dinner â€” had gone through magnetometers and were unarmed.
The Salahis were not on the guest list and should have been barred from entering last Tuesday’s dinner on the White House South Lawn for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan.
The newly-released White House photo shows The Salahis in the receiving line in the Blue Room with Obama and Singh.