Friday, November 27, 2009

Security Breach

NY Times: WASHINGTON — President Obama and his wife, Michelle, had a face-to-face encounter with the couple who sneaked into a state dinner at the White House this week, White House officials acknowledged on Friday. The revelation underscored the seriousness of the security breach and prompted an abject apology from the Secret Service.
...That disclosure coincided with a statement from the director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, saying that his agency was “deeply concerned and embarrassed” by the events. Secret Service officials said the agency wanted to interview everyone connected with the episode, including the Salahis, and had not ruled out criminal charges.
This is completely unacceptable. Luckily nothing adverse took place, but I'm dumbstruck that something like this could happen with all the precautions of modern day presidential protection. Death threats to the President have increased 400% since he took office, and although investigations into this incident are taking place, there has to be accountability for such shoddy security. Something of this magnitude shouldn't be brushed off as a minor because of who these people are.

I'm also thinking it's time to tone down these awful reality shows. You'd think that Bravo would have double checked that these people were invited to the state dinner instead of taking their word for it. Had it not been for the lure of the cameras, I don't know if they would have been this ballsy.

1 comment:

Annette said...

I have heard every reaction from hilarity to abject horror that someone could get that close.. the horror was mine. I am just shocked and dismayed that our president was actually at this much risk.. You know I have said it before.. the SS is not as good as they used to be. Between Shrub getting shoes thrown at him and people carrying guns at events where Pres. Obama has been this year.. and now THIS.. what the hell is the SS thinking and doing.