A 3rd Uninvited Guest Got into White House Dinner


obama-white-houseA third uninvited guest made his way into the White House state dinner for India’s prime minister in November, the Secret Service said today.

As the Secret Service was reviewing how an attention-hungry couple, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, got into the dinner without being on the guest list, officials discovered that a third person made it through security without an invitation as well. The Secret Service said the man, whom they would not identify, did not get close to the president or the first lady.

The Secret Service is investigating the Salahis, and the Justice Department is looking into whether they broke any laws. The Secret Service said the other man they just learned of is now under investigation as well.

The man traveled to the White House from the hotel where the Indian delegation was staying. The Secret Service said the man arrived with members of that delegation. But he was not in the Secret Service’s database of people prescreened and approved to attend the event. Part of the security screening is a criminal background check that the Secret Service does before a guest enters the White House. The Salahis and the man traveling with the Indian delegation did not go through that background check.

But the Secret Service said all three uninvited guests went through other screening, such as metal detectors, before the event.

Subpoenas have been issued for the Salahis to testify before Congress on the Nov. 24 incident. Through their attorney, the Salahis have said they will invoke their Fifth Amendment right to refuse to testify against themselves.

Three uniformed Secret Service officers have been put on administrative leave because of the security breach. President Barack Obama acknowledged that the system did not work as it should have, but he said the episode hasn’t shaken his confidence in his protectors.

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan has said the security breach is his agency’s fault but that the president was never at risk.

{NY Newsday/Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. We’ve become a third-world country led by a two-bit president. but seriously, if there was enough food – what’s one more guest going to hurt?

  2. I’m beginning to winder if some of the people in the Security around there care of something happens to him. It almost seems as though they’re inviting trouble by a lax attitude.