November 30, 2009

Pirro on party Crashers: Secret Service not worthy

Posted: 07:51 PM ET

*Note: Judge Jeanine Pirro is a former judge and district attorney.  She's a frequent guest on Larry King Live and CNN.  Here, Judge Pirro shares her views on the security breach at the White House involving Tareq & Michaele Salahis and who she thinks is to blame.  Her thoughts are her own.

Michaele and Tareq Salahi crash a White House state dinner in an apparent attempt to have a better shot at a reality show.The latest fiasco involving the egocentric, power hungry, wannabe celebrities, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, is matched only by the apparent laziness, ineptitude, or incompetence of the United States Secret Service who allowed these lawsuit challenged bozos into the inner sanctum of a White House State Dinner.  Their actions are nothing more than a reminder of how some government employees – in this case the United States Secret Service – who are paid by each of us with our hard earned tax dollars to protect the President, are not worthy of the jobs they hold. This utter lack of even the most fundamental requirements of not just safety, but protocol, requires both swift and certain sanctions.  Hell, I've been to private parties, and hosted a few myself, that had better security.

As an elected district attorney for many years, I know first-hand the passion and excellence of those members of law enforcement who give up the better life and higher paying jobs because they believe in what they do.  They are my heroes.  By the same token, I also know of civil servants who take advantage of taxpayer funded government jobs, and do as little as possible to keep those jobs.

Examples:  the parole officers in the Phillip Garrido case who did nothing to uncover the fact that 12-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was being raped and impregnated for 19 years while under their watch; the Cleveland police in the Anthony Sowell case who paid little attention to a naked woman falling out of a second floor window of a registered sex offender's house, and the stench of decaying corpses (which they conveniently and lazily blamed on a neighboring sausage factory); and Major Nidal Malik Hasan who allegedly communicated with a terrorist leader, spewed hatred of our government, and love of suicide bombers, while under our watch and pay!

I, for one, am tired of government employees not doing their jobs.  Enough!  Either supervise them properly or fire them.  I'm not talking about desk duty or disciplinary action.  There is too much at stake. I'm tired of people being politically correct and not being morally right.

Something tells me that like the Heenes (balloon boy parents), the Salahis will be criminally charged – as well they should be.  Possible charges they might face include lying to a federal officer, which is a federal crime, punishable by imprisonment.  Even if they didn’t specifically lie to the Secret Service in order to gain entry to the party, Federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 1001, still makes it a crime if they knowingly and willfully concealed, or covered up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact.  The material fact here:  they were not invited to the party!

At the very least, even if the Salahis are not prosecuted, this is a game-changer.   Even if they went through magnetometers, there still could be dangerous liquid in a perfume bottle.  We live in a world where liquids and microorganisms are the new warfare and a magnetometer can’t stop that. The message to the world is:  "it can be done,” and the Secret Service agent or agents, whose salaries we pay, need to be identified.

No longer should government employees who do not take their jobs seriously be allowed to remain on the government arm.  In the Phillip Garrido, Anthony Sowell, and Fort Hood cases, their laziness led to murder and life-altering damage.  In the Salahi’s case, we should be grateful that nothing happened.  What did happen was the Secret Service proved to the world, on the world’s stage, that we look like the very bozos that the Salahis want to play on TV.

Filed under: Larry King Live • Politics

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Antonio-elizabeth,NJ   November 30th, 2009 8:44 pm ET

Although not complete, right on Mrs. Pirro.

Antonio-elizabeth,NJ   November 30th, 2009 8:53 pm ET

And this the same Government that is trying to find Bin Laden. They cant stop weirdos from casually disturbing a white house dinner. Conspiracy all the way. I promise you that.

Antonio-elizabeth,NJ   November 30th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

We need to take a serious look at our hiring standards.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   November 30th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

They have their five minute fame or notoriety.
Prosecute them please. Treat them like a pariah.
But knowing America, they will be in the limelight from now on.
We will see and hear lots about them being featiured in the networks and print media.
That's what they want and they will get it.
Watch out for them in reiiaty show,
Ps. I must say the lady is dressed up right for the ocassion with sari fabric dress. just like Bollywood actresses..

John   November 30th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

every one is talking abt the party crashers and failure of secret services and the security risk for obama.It is true but no one is mentioning anything about the security of Indian Prime Minister,who was next to the Salahis and who could be the target of islamic militants...
Who's duty is it to protect our Guest????

Nelson De Souza   November 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

If the the police have not talked to Tiger Woods then how do they know that there was no alcohol involved in his accident. Did they give him breathlizer or blood test ?

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 30th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

What if these people were infected with a dangerous decease all they would have to do is fart and kill everyone

Gretchen   November 30th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Arrest the two jerks,they broke the law!

Dodie   November 30th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

@ michael armstrong sr. TX.

You are obscene ( lol ) You must have been a commedian in your previous life!

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   November 30th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I remember on an episode of 24 when a woman went to shake hands with the President and infected him with a virus that was laced on a fake covering of her hand. These people should be in jail right now, why is the Secret Service giving them a pass, or are they making it know that they really do not protect the President of the United States anymore.

thomas macemon   November 30th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

i dont think they should be punished. i think it sould be a reality check for secrit service

Tim   November 30th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

yes,my Presidents safety is not a laughing matter, they do belong behind bars. Any $ they get should be denied to them just as a convict.

Matt S   November 30th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Another failure of the Democratic Party! Can we say anymore.

Mark Chellis   November 30th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Something smells funny about this whole affair. It seems highly unlikely these 2 just showed up to a WH event uninvited. I think somebody at the WH messed up and is trying to cover it up.

Natalie   November 30th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Larry, these folks are complete frauds and more of their lives will quickly be brought to light. If they were legitimate guests, they would have posted a copy of the invitation on their facebook page along with the photos they obtained illegally. They should be prosecuted, this was a complete breach of security and both the secret service/the WH social staff should be reprimanded...

Dan H.   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

If they weren't invited but were let in anyways, why should they face charges? If anyone should face a charge for them being let in, it should be the security guards who waved them through.

Dee Silbaugh   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Yes, by all means they should be charged. They are just wanta bees and they are out for their 15 minutes of fame. They should get more than just 15 minutes.. They should get 15 years!

Wanda Fuller   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

No, Hey, they took a shot; the Secret Service should be held accountable!

Charles Howard   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I keep hearing folks say these "Party Crashers" should be charged. What would the charge be? They were not tresspassing because they were never asked to leave.

Crystal Harris   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Why should someone be charged for showing our country how easy it is to walk into supposedly one of the world's most secure building. What is our tax money being spent on?

Matthew Friedman   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

The party crashers exposed a serious security hole in the whitehouse and therefore actually did the president and the country a service.

jason s   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I would like to see a judge set a standard and simply punish them by forbidding them to profit from the actions in anyway. This would set a standard for other situations where "stunts" (ie. Balloon boy) would be stopped for profit.

Nelson De Souza   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Larry if they were invited then why don't they post whitehouse invite online like they did with pictures

cc pennes   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET


t. carter   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

if the party crashers were "invited", where is their paper invitation?

and why would THEY be invited in the first place? among jennifer hudson, and other celebrities and important people in politics, what reason would there be to invite these two people?

Inez Caspi   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Of course they should be prosecuted and without fanfare, book sales, and movie rights.

michael   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

yes they should be charge, they take it as a big joke, u can look at the husband when they were walking in, he never turned his head, and other need to be fired

Lisa   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

If they were legitimate guests, why did they leave before dinner was seated?

Val   November 30th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I think the party crashing couple should face charges and fines for their actions.

Amy   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Invited or not, I do not feel sorry for this couple who now are apparently complaining about being the center of media attention. They asked for it , they got it.

Kristine Wallace   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

If they can prove that the White House party crashers were not invited and broke a law, they should be prosecuted. To not prosecute them would mean this is not a serious issue and I absolutely disagree. Especially if this was part of a ploy to get attention for a reality show.

Monique   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

They should be charged with criminal trespass and giving false information to a federal official.

Gloria   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

This couple should face consequences right along with the "Balloon Boy" couple. Both will apparently do whatever it takes (within the law or not) just to make it to their own reality show. Shame on them.

Serenity   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET


The White House Crashers need to go to jail for a few days.

Just think if the woman had H1N1 the President would be at risk right now.
She had her hand in the President for a hand shake.

They need to get time.

Kathy Bryant   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Absolutely they should face charges. They are self-centered and sought publicity. Their actions may result in someone getting fired and losing their career – just because they wanted to be noticed. No one should get into the White House unless they are cleared.

Debbie Griffle   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I think the press should ignore them as they are getting exactly the kind of attention they were seeking.

Michele   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

If the Salahi's thought they were invited to the state dinner, when and how did THEY find out that they weren't?

B N   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

If it was just a average citizen who did this, they would probably be in their 48th hour of water boarding trying to find out why they did what they did.

angela   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Good grief, yes they should be charged. This type of behavior is absolutely totally undignified and takes classlessness to a new level. When you make us look stupid so you can wear a new dress and pose, it just makes me sick. Charge them, they wanted attention, give it to them now. These panelest tonite are babbeling socialites.

Mohamed A.   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Is it possible that someone told them come and we will let you in? Although that they were not officially invited?

Sandra Flowers   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Your guests need to explain how they thought Bravo network film crew was invited too!!

B Gilbert   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I think the amount of coverage you are giving this story is totally ridiculous. There must be something more importnat and newsworthy to discuss on your show.

swana   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

If the salahi's were not invited and they managed to crash the white house event then must charged as its a felony. This being said the entire secret service needs to go through a through investigation which i believe is being done, but it is no laughing matter that the security at the white house can be breached this easily, god knows what other major setbacks there are in white house security, this should not be treated lightly and all necessary action must be taken to increase or strengthen security and yes the salahis absoultey have to be charged it is not okay for someone to crash such an important event and be able to get away with it!.

Lizzy   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

No they should not be charged, they had no malicious intent and did not sneak in or break in. If they were let in then it is not their fault!

M davis   November 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Did they have seats with place cards?

Melwyn   November 30th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Yes, please press charges against them. They want a reality show? They should be given one on Court TV.

gary michaelson   November 30th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

If the Salahis were invited they must have invatations. I do know that i's not that easy to get in to see a president. I don't think that tey thought they were doing anything wrong.

Ashley   November 30th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Yes, they should be brought up on charges. What they did pretentious and ridiculous. I do not believe they were invited, I think they did this for a publicity stunt. This should not be tolerated!

Dee Blake   November 30th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

I believe that the State Dinner Crashers should be put in jail. They showed no respect for our President and his guests. They are Media Hogs that should be slaughtered.

nicolette Carty   November 30th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

i dont think that they should get in trouble for this because
1. you do not know if they were invited
2. the secret service should be at fault not them they should have checked them

Mohsin   November 30th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Before making any charges, the White house should investigate properly and then make an appeal. This is absolutely nuts. Whitehouse I assume is a high secured area and it would even tough for even a BEE to get it.

Tim, Avon, OH   November 30th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

If, in fact, it is shown that they were not invited or otherwise received authorized clearance to attend, they should be punished. This is not a game, and the signal should be very clear that this kind of action cannot be tolerated.

michael   November 30th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

I do feel these people should be prosecuted. It is completely inappropriate for them to "crash" the party. Why would they be invited? It is obnoxious and disrespectful that they would do this.

Cynthia   November 30th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

No, I don't think they should be charged. If anything, the members of the secret service that allowed them to get through security should be charged. Although I understand the seriousness of what they did, they exposed a really big problem it the security for the president.

steve   November 30th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

No. They are guilty of nothing. The secret service let them in. They didn't trespass. There was no illegal entry. The secret service are the ones that need to be investigated. Someone should lose their job!

synthkid   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

If they were not invited, these people need to be taught a lesson for crossing the line to gain a moment of fame for whatever gains they thought that would bring. If they bypassed the process in place to protect the president they need to sit in a jail cell for a few months. Then they will get their moment of fame. Also, who are all these people who say they were invited? Prove it.

Dr. Robin   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Clearly, they should ALL be charged! The Salahi's and the Secret Service. There is no excuse (on either side) for doing what they did or allowing it to happen! The Secret Service agents should all be fired immediately.

nikki   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

These people are saying that they were invited if thats the case why did they leave befor the dinner with assighned seating!!!!!!

Victoria   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

I believe that we are focusing on the wrong people. Yes it is unfortunate that they crashed the white house event. But let's look at the Secret Service, this is a serious matter. What reforms are they making to make sure this never happens again. The attention needs to focused on the "What Next" with the CIA.

Blake macphee   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

what did the salahis even do wrong could you fill me in please?

Jacki Granger   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Definitely, they should be prosecuted. They both have put the US and our government under more pressure. Now we will probably have more idiots tring to get their 15 min of fame and soon enough someone will really get hurt. They are pathetic and need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent, just as if they were terrorists. I'm tired of idiots like this making money off America. Get a Life!!

Gordon Webb   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

At this time in our history, we can't convey to terrorists that someone can simply "sneak" in to the U-S President's home. Whether they should be charged depends on investigating if they REALLY thought they were invited... or actually evaded security to gain entrance.

Vicky   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

If the couple is found to be guilty of crashing they should definitely be prosecuted!

Bill Tighe   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Yes, the Salahai's should be charged, and for several reasons. The first is that they misrepresented themsevles to gain entry to a private residence, which constitutes criminal trespass. Secondly, they are attemtping to make monetary gains from said trespass. Thirdly, conviction on the charges would prohibit any monetary gains they could realize for comitting this crime.

Finally, they have been dishonest about the events leading up to and including the crime and that has hampered investigation.

mari skelly   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

I think the Salahis should be ARRESTED! Who do they think they are? And the media is making stars out of them. It is utterly ridiculous. I hope no secret service person loses their job over this.

Ruth Cook   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Clearly, this couple wants as much publicity as is humanly possible, and thanks to you and the rest of the media, that's exactly what they are getting. My biggest regret is that this publicity-seeking twosome aren't trapped in some runaway balloon.

Gretchen   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

This is incredible,now you people are making the friends of these media hogs celebritys to? What are you doing? These people could have been killers.This is not a joke,and this show and the rest of the media is playing along with their stupidity.They did unlawful thing,and they should be arrested and who ever was in charge of protecting the president should be checked out then fired. This may not have been a mistake.

Shalondra Prather   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Yes!. They should definitely face charges of some kind. It is clear that the Salahis crashed that party, and it should be held against them, and any secret service agents that let them through. They need to be made an example of, so that anyone even thinking of doing this kind of stunt will think twice!. This is very serious!, they got too close to the President, and this needs to be taken seriously. President Obama could've been assisinated!, and that's how they should treat this case.

Harry Burton   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

No Larry, I do not think they were invited to the White House. I think they should be charged. I can see where this will open the door for real terrorist to try to gain access to the President in the future. As one who has spent over 30 years in law enforcement, I hate to see any officer loose their job, but someone dropped the ball here and should loose their job.

Gloria   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Where's the blame??? How about looking at who's in charge here.....If lthey got in, it's because someone let them in. No, they should not have any charges brought against them.....How about we take a look at Mr. President and his staff for a change?

Ashley   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Yes, they should be brought up on charges. What they did was pretentious and ridiculous. I do not believe they were invited, I think they did this for a publicity stunt. This should not be tolerated!

Karen Thompson   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Enough already!!! Were they invited were they not invited.... get real, anyone who receives an invitation to a White House Dinner will forever save that invitation. So I ask where is their invite to show, save to share with their children, grandchildren, etc.???? I have every White House invitation we ever received... mostly Christmas cards. I have lived my life wanting to be invited to a State Dinner and had that happened you better believe I would have my "hard copy" of the invitation. That's all I have to say about that. I am sick of them and the time they are getting with shows like yours.


pip   November 30th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

With all this talk about this couple that 'crashed' the White House party last week, it makes me wonder why the media just cant get enough of it. The Heene family, they were procesuted for the incident that they clearly didnt realise would cause such a big deal. Now these people knew. Why dont they get prosecuted? And if there are any questions about their invitation or lack there of, get the proof! Then there would be no more talk. Or do they like the attention? They should pay for the Heene Familys dues as obviously this family just didnt realise and didnt want to cause anyone any harm. This is an obvious disregard of the law in this case.

Stephanie Moore   November 30th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

What is it that the Pirro's do that would get them invited to the White House State Dinner? If they were invited, it shouldn't be hard for them to prove it.

Diego   November 30th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

I think the couple should be left alone, however the secret service person that let them in should be fired !

ronald schmid   November 30th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

To ridicule the President, the Whitehouse, and all International Guests, etc. wether they got in or not should be treated as a crime against America.

These uninvited clowns, need to be clearly punished. To discourage this nonsense. The fact that they still claim to be in the right–only means they do not know the difference between right or wrong. Teach them hard!!

Tim   November 30th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Tiger I wish you well. Please hold your head high. We all have problems you are human and nothing cant be fixed. Life is a process and Great Americans and Great Atheletes are humans. You are the classiest athelete in history. My prayers are with you and your family. Tiger you are ONE. Stay that way God Bless. Speak to your fans and make a statement. It will come out soon anyway. We understand you are not perfect. So be human and have faults.

angela   November 30th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

they interviewed the hairdressers, she could not produce an invitation, and why did they brag about it on Facebook, I mean c'mon. They are changing story because they are in deep S***. And, why is it all these people are saying these people, these fine people, dont pay any of their bills?

sassylady   November 30th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

London bridge is falling down, take the key and lock them up and through away the key.
This is outlandish if I were to show up uninvited to the White House State Dinner. I would get shot!!!

dariella marceleu   November 30th, 2009 10:28 pm ET


Scott Walker   November 30th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

I believe that the secret service or the security should be fired!

Ted Fisher   November 30th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Party Crashers shouldn't be charged. It was nothing compared to Tiger Woods' event, police would investigate anyone else.

Serenity   November 30th, 2009 10:29 pm ET


if you are not on the list you should not be able to get in.
It is so embarrassing for the President, because the Prime Minister was there and he was also.

They need a lesson, this is not a joke this is serious.

Everyone now is going to think that the White House is easy to get into.
This couple needs to get a life and a lawyer.
They are cooked.

Tom   November 30th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Prosecute them, if nothing more than to deter future idiots. Nice security. My school group's parents have to give SS #'s, etc. when we tour D.C. If one of them wanders into the Oval Office-are they going to be on Larry King or just their idiot friends defending them?

Johnny Mac   November 30th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Yes, prosecute the Salahis to the fullest extent. Our troops are sacrificing in war and our police on the streets, and these 2 idiots parade around the White House while the President is trying to make things work with world. Their actions make me sick and I am sick of hearing about them. Lock them up and give them what they deserve.

Roger Heisen   November 30th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

If the clowns of the media were welcome at the WH then any other tax payer should be there too if they can
They really made us a favor: they showed us how weak and infatuated the secret service is

Nancy   November 30th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

If they were invited, produce the invitation or check the White House guest list. Their names are either on the list or not. Show the proof. If they were not invited, there should be charges.

Anne Dowling   November 30th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

We – up here in Canada – absolutely agree that these people should be charged –
WHO actually invited them –
IF they were actually invited – where were they seated at dinner –
This was an unsafe and unclassy action on their behalf !!
Not at all funny –
Let's show some respect – for the President and guests – and for the Secret Service –
Whoever was involved in this lark should be charged
Maybe it was actually an inside job
Has anyone asked the President if HE had invited them – as neighbours !!!!

Faye McCray   November 30th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

They are not any better than anyone else.They should have to pay for this.I think they will do anything for the publicly.

Robyn matthis   November 30th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

If this DC power couple is so well known, why would they risk their reputation and position in society by crashing a state dinner?

Barbara   November 30th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

of course they shouldnt be .. showing up at the presidents party. they didnt do anything wrong. how stupid is stupid. strange. its a state department dinner. not an attack.

Ree Webb   November 30th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Give me a BREAK!!!! I voted for Obama and we are a retired military family. We are African-Americans. Do you think we could crash that party. Whether they are well-known or not....that is the President of the United States. This makes me angry. They should be prosecuted. I quite sure no one would give this a second thought if it was my husband and I. God Bless America!!!!

Jane - Vt   November 30th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

This is ridiculous, of course these two should be charged. They lied to the Secret Service. That's a crime.

These reality shows are out of control. Everybody wanted the balloon boy family to be charged, but not these two. I worry now that some nut will try to get into the White House after this stunt.

Mark D.   November 30th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

This is just an absolute outrage. Both these crazy-minded, desperate people, need to be prosecuted. They could have killed the President. They knew they were not on the list and perhaps uninvited. It is evident: they left before dinner. They just wanted to be in the presence of the President. This is a total embarrassment for both the White House and Secret Service. Shame on all of them!

yvonne Ortiz   November 30th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Yes they should be charge...Just because they know some ipeople who may represent power..players...and their friends,,,Does not make them a friend of our President. of the United State...

dianne   November 30th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

it's not crashers that should be charged , but the incompetence of the secret service that should be focused upon and investigated. they just had the audicity to be there .

BLANCHE PENCE   November 30th, 2009 10:31 pm ET


Nick Netchvolodoff   November 30th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

Ask the guests why the Salahis didn't stay for the dinner. I would guess they had nowhere to sit etc.

Susan Kehoe   November 30th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

If they were invited, why didn't they stay for dinner? They had to leave because there was no place for them to sit. They should be charged!

Nanci in Manhattan   November 30th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

Of course they weren't invited. Why would they have been? The head of the Secret Service should become the former head, along with whoever let them in. And, yes, they should be charged if there was no invitation. Just let them produce the formal invitation. If they have it, end of subject; if they don't, prosecute them and fine them to show everyone that this will not be tolerated. They may be well known around DC in certain circles, but the majority of people in the USA had never heard of them. Let's at least get back to gossip about talented celebrities who do good in this world like Brangelina. Gimme a break!

Mo   November 30th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

They broke the law and how could anyone defend their behavior. Never in the history of a President has this happened. Why would it be okay because we now have an African American President. They need to be punished.

Barrett Blake   November 30th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Michaele and Tareq Salahi did all of us a big service and helped expose how decisions are made based on race, looks and "story line". Michaele and Tareq Salahi should NOT be subject to any legal proceedings. The Secret Service needs to own up, clean up, clean out and shut up. Michaele and Tareq Salahi demonstrated how harmful minded folks could crippled this country because our secret service made decisions based on race, looks and "story line". Thank you Michaele and Tareq Salahi for exposing opportunities to improve our secret service.

Marianne Reilly   November 30th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

If they were invited, why did they leave before dinner?

joanne   November 30th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

I believe the Salahis should be prosecuted. There is no way they could have thought they had an invitation if they left before the dinner – the purpose of the event. It was pure deceit that led them into "our" White House illegally. Not only have they broken the law, but they have also exposed a huge flaw in our security system for all the world to see.

They were so brazen to proclaim their stunt on Facebook the following day, but I believe the whole country should speak up against this behavior. Politicians and governmental leaders, please stand up for what is right and punish the interlopers.

They should go to jail   November 30th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

This is the President of the United States, I believe people are taking a black president a joke let it be a white president. they will be prosecuted.

steve   November 30th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

If the party crashers were invited to the White House state dinner, why didn't they have a place for them to be seated at the dinner?

neena and dorothea   November 30th, 2009 10:32 pm ET


Aviv Caspi   November 30th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Charge them with trespass and punish them. Such an action is insulting our national security and that of President Obama. An example must be made of people who ridicule our country.

-Aviv Caspi, 15

michael   November 30th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

larry if i crash your show, do u think i can go on GMA and make some money. thats how these nuts think, and the bad part about it, they will make money off of it, isn't that the american way.

Carole Carter   November 30th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

I agree totally with Judge Pirro. They should absolutely be charged with whatever is legally possible. I hope they use them as an example and throw the book at both of the n'er do wells. They seem to think the rules don't apply to them and take our esteemed office of the president as a joke. Carole Carter

Scott Stodden   November 30th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Larry I feel in my opinion that the people who let the Salahis in The White House along with the Salahis should be all sent to prison and locked up for endangering President Obama and his family. Did the Salahis ever cause any harm or danger to President Obama or Vice President Biden? No but this is The White House and any other normal person including myself knows that we wouldn't get through the front doors of The White House without names on a list or an invitation and if we were to some how get in without an invitation would be sent to jail and prosecuted and the Salahis and the Secret Service should be all sent to jail and prosecuted.

Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

Tim   November 30th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

I dont blog but enough is enough. Go to jail you fake wannabe's. You are a menice to society with nice hair and clothes. You are still confused and unstable to do what you did. Shame on you, Shame on you. Now Shame on American if they think this is a joke. It's scary and sick. Go to jail and think about what you can do positive for our country not make us the laughing stalk of the world. Shame on you.

Kathy   November 30th, 2009 10:33 pm ET


get someone on the show who knows what they are talking about.
A & B list at the White House?
This guy is lying thru his teeth

Vicky   November 30th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

They are hungry for fame and they're obviously greedy even if it's not proven that they're criminals.

ruby   November 30th, 2009 10:34 pm ET


Natalie   November 30th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Seriously? Invited to the reception but not the dinner?? I don't think so....These people are financial frauds and pretenders...they have probably crashed more than one DC event....

Richard, Kankakee, IL.   November 30th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Everyone at that party was in danger, what if they had a bomb in their stomachs, not all bombs have metal in them, put these sad people away where they belong!

Richard   November 30th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

This is a non news event, why is CNN spending so much time covering it? The couple is obviously well connected in DC, and no harm was intended or done. I believe this coverage is just a smokescreen to divert Americans from the more pressing issues, like health care, runaway nation debt, over population, depletion of world oil, etc.

albert chin   November 30th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

If the Salahis' have no proof of an invitation from the whit house, they should be charged with breach of security, threatening the national security of the united states.
If someone lied to gain access into a nuclear power plant or a NASA launch facility, would they not be charged?
The secret service people involved should be "retired"

Terra from Virginia   November 30th, 2009 10:34 pm ET


I've known Tareq & Michaele for over 10 years. Their belief is that they feel they are entitled to everything – telling the truth for them, in most cases, is ambiguous – it depends on what they can gain by misleading. I can tell you that there are numerous lawsuits against them for not taking responsibility for their actions.

Enough is enough! They were not invited! They misled federal officials to gain access – they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law! They should hang their heads in shame for their stunt. They should take responsibility...for once.

Sam Hamze   November 30th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Its good that it happen from a couple that are looking for publicity and not from someone who's looking after the president him self, let it be a lessen to the secret service, and the salahi’s should be out of this.

cecilia   November 30th, 2009 10:34 pm ET


The Salahis should produce their invitation. I can't believe the White House would not send out official invitations. If they cannot produce an invitation, they should be charged or fined since the only motive of crashing the party would be for notoriety and make money from what they did. Let them pay! If they have no invitation they come under the category of sleazy people who want to be known and profit from it!

Stephanie G   November 30th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

I love my President and want to know he is safe from any nuts out there that would like to see his demise. However, these "Party Crashers" did Obama a favor and showed how safe our President and his family really are. The secret service failed and we should all consider this a blessing that we found this flaw. In this country we have secret shoppers so we can improve the quality and service of our businesses and for whatever reason we now have this opportunity, because of the secret white house crashers, to help us improve the safety of our President.

Towanna from: New Jersey   November 30th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

If Mrs. Salahi got her hair done and a custom made dress why not stay for dinner and show off some more?

David Helda   November 30th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

Mr. Larry King

Good Day Sir

The breach of security into the white house if without proper invitation ; is as scary and dangerous as a breach can be. This actually could have put the President Of The United States in the greatest danger possible . The quest and country as a a whole would be compromised if these two intruders had been of bad intentions. This is a national dissaster and should be tteated as such. Any and all individuals responsible for allowing these univted quest to have access to the President Of The United States , need be held responsible and made an example of to reinstate the tightest security and consiquesnces for compromising security intentionally. All involved should be defined and punished . An example should be made that this is not exceptable in any way shape or form; and surely not to be rewarded for striking a weakness in security at the highest level of this country.

Highest Regards

David Helda

Ruth Green   November 30th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

These wannabees need to be treated as criminals so this does not happen again. Perhaps the crashers will then grow up.

jennifer   November 30th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Who does this dumb couple think they are???? Why would our president ever consider such a stupid thing? They are as dumb and stupid as """"THE BALOON MAN""""".

John Crenshaw   November 30th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

They should go to jail, they are playing the president, and one thing is because he is black, let it be a white president they would of been in jail prosecuted, you guys need to stop this this is a very racist world the black organization are not going to tolerate you guys playing our president for long before we take action.

Larry Carson   November 30th, 2009 10:36 pm ET


Why is the Media making the Salahi's more famous than they really need to be, you know the more this gets pedaled the more famous we make the Salahi's. Im tired of this, there are so many more importants stories that are worthy of your finesse and talents rather than the Salahis-

No ones Chicken Soup and Matza Ball got poisened. The Salahis are Fruitcakes looking for this type of coverage, dont give them what took you years of blood and sweat to earn, the respect of you viewers and fans. Larry Put a Lid on the Garbage can, enough is enough

Andrea Duncan   November 30th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

My question with all of this hoopla, is why weren't guests required to show an invitation or guest party card? Wouldn't that be the simplest way to insure that the people entering were invited? Certainly the PM of India would be exempt, but everyone else, including the VP should have to have submit a copy of the invitation or a "guest party card". It just seems to me such a simple solution I think that not only the SS dropped the ball, but the social office blew it as well. What a disaster! Perhaps I am missing something here, but I just don't get it. Thanks. AD

i babb   November 30th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

The friends of this couple have got to be kidding. This couple would do anything for 15 minutes of fame.

The Secret service needs to investigate this matter thoroughly and take whatever action they see fit under the laws of this great nation. How could these people think it was all right to do what they did? I await the outcome of this fiasco.

Glenda Guedes   November 30th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

This couple is despicable. Typical star seekers. The only thing they may have done in a positive way is to tests the security of the President, which surely needs upgrading. Ridiculous seekers of the limelight. The worst type of modern American. It would certainly seem that for them, Fame is all. May they pay a large fine and be socially ostracized. That would be an appropriate punishment.

Harry Burton   November 30th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Larry, soon or later they will have to tell the truth and admit they were not invited. Pressure is already more than they can handle and they will break under pressure. The CIA must make an example out of these people to keep others from doing the same thing.

Ms. Know It All, Atlanta, GA   November 30th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

What's the Hype? The White House Party Crashers should be sitting in a Federal Prison right now. It is no question that our National Security was threatened. They know they did not have an invitation, they were bold to take pictures with our President, Vice Pres and other high ranking officials. This is a violation of our national security. This President is the most threatened President in many years. He's being blamed for the mess he walked into. I'm a retired Federal employee with a Top Secret Security background and I am MAD, that so far nothing has been done. I. want President Obama and his Staff to Stop being so PASSIVE. Lock them up to send a Message to the world that if anyone else have this idea they can expect to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. If not, it will happen again by some Fame seeking Idiots. Sign me Afraid for Our Commander In Chief.

julie ruskin   November 30th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

The couple that crashed the State Dinner, should be prosecuted!
They also should not be on Larry King, or any other show! This would be rewarding bad, and dangerous behavior.
There should be a complete investigation, and this should never happen again. It puts out President in danger!
These people are publicity hounds, trying to get a reality show.
They should be in jail!!
I hope the secret service gets their act together, so that this does
not ever happen again!!

Susan   November 30th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Investigate.... if proven guilty.... go to jail isn't that how it works here? If not guilty end of story! But, if my husband and I went to the White House party without an invite we would have been hand cuffed right then and there. We would be in jail now while an investigation would be going on! This is just UNBELIEVE-–ABLE!!!!!!!!!!!! Who sends out the invititions anyway? The White House knows who was and was not invited! This is NOT GOOD PEOPLE!!!!!!

Sigrid Gross   November 30th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

How disrespectful can these people be? To crash an event like that without an invitation (and they would have shown it proudly had they had one). How embarrassing!

erika   November 30th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

The bottom line here is-what did they do wrong? Unless they blatently flat out lied in front of Secret Service or White House Staff about being invited or were not-there can be no charges filed. This is an issue that has to be dealt with -with Secret Service and mainly White House Staff. The Press Secretary is not doing a good job of speaking at this point and points blame at Secret Service as the "little guys" always seem to have to take the blame for upper echelon's faults. That seems to be what is happening here. Keep in mind-the Obama Administration hired the White House Staff. If it came out they hired inadequate individuals, they would face serious problems. With the blame shifting to Secret Service-my goodness, anyone could have hired the individuals that supposedly breached security procedures. This is highly unlikely. Has anyone questioned that maybe these two have a Secret Service or White House Staff friend that let them in, but they are to be hush, hush about the situation or they can get fired?

Gretchen   November 30th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Larry, do you know what happened at the state dinner? What about the important relationship with the United Staes and India? How about showing our first lady instead of the "party crashers".How about let's give our president and our first lady some respect on their first state dinner. Please this kind of media crap needs to stop. They should go to those clowns homes handcuff them and take them to jail .No more promoting theser clowns as though they have some important position in our lives,give us a break from this foolishness,stop dumbing us down.

pat in Virginia Beach   November 30th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

This reminds me of a "where's Waldo" picture. These people got in because of a security breach. Notice how they weren't allowed to drive inside the gates and were turned around. At which time they promptly left their SUV, camera's in tow, and headed to the front gate. How many other guests came with their own reality TV crew? None. The Secret Service made a mistake and these folks got through the system. Sounds like egg on everybody's face!

angela   November 30th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

didnt they OUT themselves bragging?

angela   November 30th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

i so agree jesse

vicky   November 30th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Larry Uninvited dinner never digest (LoL)

Marie   November 30th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

I think they need to produce the invitation–just like everyone ask President OBAMA to produce his birth certificate–then if there is a invitation then leave them alone. There are more important things to worry about. What about our troops and their families? Let us all know how they are living they sure are not crashing parties.

Towanna from: New Jersey   November 30th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

If the Salahi's were invited. Does the White House staff keep a copy of the invitation as proof?

And if they were truely invitied. They had the nerve to come to the dinner and not eat.

They should be charged 1 million dollars.

Richard, Kankakee, IL.   November 30th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

President Obama has chosen to give away Healthcare, Energy Independence, and guarding our borders for this losing war that can not be won! Can you say he is a Dumb A**!

Melda   November 30th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

Hi to you all.

Well I think that if anyone is going to get charged, that should be security. They are paid big money and this shows that they are far from doing there jobs. Maybe this is a good thing that happened. This could have been a disaster. Someone could of been seriously hurt. If it was that easy for them to get in how easy will it be for a terrorist.
Think about it.

majid   November 30th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

I think they showed the world how poor is the security of President of our President. They opened our eyes that our security service has to step up and be alert not to sit on a side and see people walk by thinking that they are invited. Thank God thay were harm ful couple what if there was someone else.........

Chuck   November 30th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001 is the federal statute covering "providing false information to a federal agent." The statute does not require that a person be under oath. The Salahis bluffed the Secret Service into getting into the White House state dinner. That is tantamount to lying and sufficient to invoke the statute.

The next reality show for this couple should be life and love in the federal prison.

Johanne   November 30th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

It shows that there are serious problems in the process of internal inquiry. It's not reassuring when they think that these people have as mission to protect the President Obama.

vicky   November 30th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

CNN, HLN, Tru TV, HBO ,TBS,TNT confused me lot I can’t watch all same time
I wish I watch all these same time

Billy   November 30th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

Well, are to see another person resign over this crasher issue? And Larry, thank you for cutting of Jessie. Tell him to put a sock in it.

Dr. William L. Bradley   November 30th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

Larry it seems that we have been down this road before. Terrorist, always conducts dry runs, before they strike, so Yes! Michaele and Tareq Salahi should be given the respect that they may be working for Terrorist for money if not for some other dumb reason, like working for the republican party to discredit President Obama......Investigate that sir.

Gretchen   November 30th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

Jesse is right.They said that the Bush administration knew that Bin Laden ws in Tora bora,and they let him go.He killed thousands of americans why did they let him go? I think they let him go,because they neede an excuse to go into Iraq,if they would have gotten bin laden,there would have been no reason what so ever to go into Iraq.
And worse than thast there were no weapons of mass destruction,and the Iraq oil did not pay for the war,but it did pay cheny's company hallaburton

Jim, Roswell, GA   November 30th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Should the Salahis be prosecuted? Of course. For whatever minor offense, if any, they committed. But they should also be rewarded as whistleblowers who did America a big favor showing us a gaping security hole. When American citizens are persecuted for revealing weaknesses in the government, we have serious problems.

Kelley Brown   November 30th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

The party crashers should NOT be held responsible for someone else's mistake!

Kimberly Owens   November 30th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

I feel that an in depth investigation should be done to see if this couple was actually invited. If they were not, then the appropriate criminal charges should apply. Their "local" celebrity status should NOT play any part in any charges filed against them. People need to realize that this is a serious breach of security to our nation and to our well being.
Thinking that you had an investigation to the White House and actually HAVING an invitation are two different things.
The dumb blonde act does not pass the smell test.

majid   November 30th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

not harmful

Ariana   November 30th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

I'm sorry to see that this story is being given credibility by all the media attention it's receiving. The publicity is benefiting only this scummy, classless couple, not the public, the White House or the dignitaries & invited guests. If they were being tried in the court of public opnion, they'd be convicted but they're not and public opinion won't carry any weight as to whether they'll face charges or not. If they don't, it speaks volumes about the ineptitude of the judicial system in this country and leaves the door wide open for a future catastrophic incident – shows how easy it is for even simple minded people to access a supposedly high security event where you have world leaders including the Pres. and VP of this country and other cabinet and congressional members. What a world shaking disaster this could have been. Unbelieveable!

VinnyB   November 30th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

The Salahis's should be charged just like any other 9 to 5 hard working American. There should be a point made here, that you are not going to get your our TV show with faking moves on the secret service of the united states. What message does this send to the rest of the world. Let's see how much the Salahis's will be laughing when it hard for them to get that get out of jail card.

DBrown   November 30th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Larry, you should do your part to not encourage this type of publicity seeking actions by not giving them exactly what they crave. Do not invite them on your show unless it is shown that they were invited or told that they were invited by someone with a hidden motive. Showcasing them for any other reason is just inviting this form of celebrity to continue. I for one am growing tired of hearing about non-important people and their stories presented as something I need to know about.

Christine Gamble   November 30th, 2009 10:51 pm ET



angela   November 30th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

why do we need to do anything with Afghanistan, damn it, get our boys the F home somebody

Flora L. Kent-Moore   November 30th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

If they was in invite where are their invitationand why was therename tag. The security need to be question about how they let these people getin. They need to be put on leave.
I think it a conspiracy in the govement

A. Mason   November 30th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

The Salaheis knew they weren't invited-I just think they were arrogant opportunist ,who also appear to be pathological liars. Even though the Secret Service dropped the ball(I think the social office did too),that couple should be held out as an example and prosecuted. I know there have been CNN guest who are saying "Nothing happened,they didn't have weapons"...I can assure you,if that couple had been operatives,they could've taken that whole room out in a number of to your other guests,I say ,don't be naive and don't "get it twisted". Good night.
A. Mason

jovonnesands   November 30th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Yes, the Salahi should be charged. For having the nerve to be this stupid. This is a very serious matter. They need to be made an example of because there is some unbalanced individual,somewhere, thinking that if they can do it so can I. But he will not be there to shack the Presidents hand. He will be there to kill the President. It has to be made clear that it is not this easy.

Mic   November 30th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Stop the look at me crowd and send them to the same place as Bernie. Perhaps he madoff with their invitation!!!

They intentionally misrepresented themselves so that is fraud. Those that let them in did not do their job to protect the President or his guests. They tested the system and brought it to light, but there are me too's who may try the same. There are enough crazies around and they have proven it.

It was a state dinner and they claim they were only invited to the reception. It's not a reception – the invitation was for DINNER. They know that.

Asha Mehta   November 30th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

First off, let's assume that the Salahis were not invited and they were not on the gues list. They still made it to the party inside the White House, and this shows how easy it was for anyone to actually get inside. Don't they deserve an award because they were able to show how easy it was to get close to President Obama? The Obamas will have many future state dinners, and the discovery of this flaw in security could save his life in the future. The White House can now make sure that this never happens again. For that, the Salahis should get an award from President Obama because they saved Obama's life at future state dinners. Do not punish them; instead they deserve a presidential pardon so that they can tell their side and show how they really got inside the White House.

Gretchen   November 30th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Larry, let's send all these big,bad republicans to fight in the war.They are so willing to pay for war but not for health care,and they have the nerve to say they are against a womens right to choose.War is abortion,all thoses dead soilders are people's children.Hypocrites!

Richard, Kankakee, IL.   November 30th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

We all know they blow the towers, as they said they wanted a new Pearl Harbor, so they created one, they were warned by over 12 different countries for months, about the coming attack, and to hide it they blow building 7 to cover it up with all of it's surveillance equipment. Our own government helped the terrorists! Many of the guys that were supposed to be on the planes are still alive in their home country of Sandi Arabia!

Ron J   November 30th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Brought up on charges -for what ? they announced themselves
at the gates, and were waved in by security to the reception.
I don't see why they don't just get up on TV and start talking
away....forget the stalling.. just speak up party people, you
have nothing to fear but the bright lites in your eyes.

dorothy johnson   November 30th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

hi larry the friends of the white house dinner gate crashers, that was on your show not one of them actually declared having seem the invitation did they, they were only so call told about it and what our these peoples connection to anyone at the white house or to india .
why would they have been on the invitation list i dont think this was a night that the the white house would have invited socialites for the indian prime ministers intertainment, this was people taking a chance desperate for publcity at any cost, so let them find out what that cost is and yes they should be charged.
the question of security is another issue and should be dealt with seperately.

Richard, Kankakee, IL.   November 30th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

Tell us why the only plane that was allowed to fly during the time when all flights were grounded across the U.S., but not the Bin Ladins Bush's long time personal financier

Shay McNeal   November 30th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

The reckless actions of these two have made wineries in Fauquier County endure harsh restrictions (with more pending) as a direct result of their absurd social climbing and overt loud lifestyle.

They are not dynamic as one of your guests suggest. Abuse of your parents and claiming to own a winery – they are not the registered owners of Oasis. Their loud, unseemly life style (when they were allowed at the winery) was another abuse the late Frederick Hart, a reowned sculptor who was their neighbor, had to endure in his final days. Check the county records.

When they were only working at Oasis they were not held in high regard by their neighbors or their many creditors. I suppose we are now to believe that their behavior constitutes the label of "dynamic."

Why should they be given respect when they render so little to others? Prosecute? I rather doubt it. Laws have never kept them on the staight and narrow. And, sadly, those of us who do own legitimate
wineries in Fauquier still have to endure the fall out from their fencing with county officials.

Anne   November 30th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

If the 'party crashers' were invited why did they leave the party before dinner was served, is it possible they didn't have a place to sit?

Christine Gamble   November 30th, 2009 11:00 pm ET



Tamora   November 30th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

Yes they should be charged. If there are no consequences to their actions this could only encourage other idiots to try it. Make an example out of them, they obviously think they are above the law. As for the SS, someone's butt should be on the line. These are supposed to be well paid professionals that take their jobs seriously. The American people expect more from their tax dollars.

sammy   November 30th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

The Party crasher were harmless. Therefore are innocent of any wrong doing. Invitation or not they were harmless still. Secret Service is the problem with their failure to notice anything with the couple.. Fix the Secret Service, they failed. The crashers were harmless... my opinion

Richard, Kankakee, IL.   November 30th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

The whole Bush Administration should be in prison! For Treason, War Crimes, and Inhuman treatment of people who have not been convicted of any crime through the use of torture! Through the Bush Administration acts the U.S. became just like Nazi Germany and many of our rights were lost because of it! The President office does not have more power then that of Congress!

mike   November 30th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

well what have done is done but i think we have to take the selahi name carefull cos u knowwwwwwwwwwww.he must sent to guantanamo with his bros/

Richard, Kankakee, IL.   November 30th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

All of you who keep saying that America is a Democracy have not learned for history when Democracies fail a Tyrant always come to power. Until you all come to understand that America is a Constitutional Republic our country will continue to circle the toilet bowl until it falls!

Stop saying that America is a DEMON-OCRACY A.K.A. down right EVIL!

Please read the Federalist Papers!

Dodie   November 30th, 2009 11:16 pm ET

@ Richard, Kankakee, IL

I second that motion regarding the Bush Admin! Well said! They all need to be on trial

Gilbert   November 30th, 2009 11:16 pm ET

I think that Michaele and Tareg Salahi should be brought up on charges for disrepecting the President Obama and the First Lady
of the United States of America. The party was for invitation only.
If your name is not on the list that mean that you are not invited.
Michaele Salahi stated that President Obama made the White House
for everyone to attend. President Obama did not mean that for
an invitation only party. Michaele and Tareg Salahi need to learn
how to respected people when they say invitation only. The
camera crew need to be brought up on charges too. Far as
the Secret Service need to be retrained so this will not happen

keith   November 30th, 2009 11:24 pm ET

I'm still trying to figure out how their names were read on the introduction list but not on the list that the Secret Service was suppose to have. Watching the report I heard their names read on the introduction as they entered the affair.

trebor   November 30th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

Wow! The first part of the show was spent talking about Tiger, which is a non issue. Then the W.H. Party Crashers but not really them. Their friends showed up. That's the part of the show with barely any commercials/interruptions. Then Larry squeezed in a few minutes with a lot of commercial breaks when topics of utmost importance were being discussed. Things like 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, health care and the secret service blunder at the state dinner. You know, things that actually matter. Is there something wrong here? What's really the new?

Mary   November 30th, 2009 11:26 pm ET

I am very annoyed at these party crashers, ( I have another name for them which is not polite to share in this national forum) how dare them took it upon themselves to endanger the President's safety. The fact that they did this tells me they have no regard for decency or the President and his beautiful family. They are just power hungry. They should be punish to the full extent of the law. What would even make me more angry is if they get away with it. Did race, socialites, celebrity status played a factor here. I must say if that was average Joe Blow down the street they would not have even be let on the property. You cannot have different rules, all must follow the rules of the white house affairs. I can go on and on this is so upsetting. How dare you two. Any one with class would have known better, were you two drag up, were you not thought what is proper.

She looked so confident walking in and he just kept his head not focus on the camera I thought that was strange. She seemed to be a professional at this sort of thing. Punish them. Punish them. So others will not get ideas.

Judith   November 30th, 2009 11:26 pm ET

Party crashes should have been thrown in jail not be able to return home until they posted bond like anyone else.

This Party wasn't some neighbor down the street but the President of the USA.They were not invited.

One reporter did say he saw that a car was turn away then saw them get out of the car walking to where ones walk in at a certain entrance.
Apparently they knew what to do and it sounds fishy.They knew ones
in the Washington circle.Who?How many would know where to go to crash the WH?
They were in the mist of losing their home and vineyard.They could have received $$ from someone or someones until their reality show would have gotten off the ground.

Bottom line yes they should be treated like anyone else with no special treatment.

trebor   November 30th, 2009 11:27 pm ET

Wow! The first part of the show was spent talking about Tiger, which is a non issue. Then the W.H. Party Crashers but not really them. Their friends showed up. That's the part of the show with barely any commercials/interruptions. Then Larry squeezed in a few minutes with a lot of commercial breaks when topics of utmost importance were being discussed. Things like 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, health care and the secret service blunder at the state dinner. You know, things that actually matter. Is there something wrong here? What's really the news?

Mitch Chester   November 30th, 2009 11:30 pm ET

The incident highlights a missed opportunity to use technology, at the highest levels. Instead, Salahi and his wife got within inches of the President, the Vice President, the First Lady and the Indian Prime Minister. Using a laptop and the right database, an e-mail…or even simple texting (with or without MMS), could have averted this serious security breach. Clipboard lists just do not provide the immediacy of last minute verification. This is not 1961; we are no longer dealing with Selectric typewriters.

The White House complex is full of intricate detection devices and systems to prevent intruders, but old fashioned thinking and clipboards do not fulfill the mission of protecting the Chief Executive. Any lack of security and adherence to procedures at the White House is a shared emergency for us all.

Mike   November 30th, 2009 11:31 pm ET

Can someone PLEASE explain to me why CNN loves Ben Stein, the non-economist introduced as an economist, the anti-science propagandist invited on science panels, the non-politician invited on political panels. Were the science journalists in CNN fired, or did they really resign?

vitoria   November 30th, 2009 11:53 pm ET

Is there a message to the Obama's Team administration in how
distracted they really are by not been focus in their job by letting this couple slipped thought their security team ?
Is possible that this couple was sent to the white house so the American people could question Obama's performance as a president and his administration ?
In politics every thing is possible ,it only matters who wins ,by planting
false information or by creating a stir scandalous like this one , there are some thoughts for you to think about ...
forgive the couple and go after the real intruders !

Riley Jenkins   December 1st, 2009 12:08 am ET

What a freakin' joke! This "dynamic, power couple of D.C." is over their heads in debt, they have had NUMEROUS repossessions of property, (cars, a boat and numerous lawsuits over UNPAID BILLS) and their home is in foreclosure! Why on earth would THEY be invited to a White House Dinner? They are no one. They have NOTHING to offer. They can't even pay their bills! They DO NOT own a winery, NEVER DID! And she was never a Redskins cheerleader or "supermodel" as she claims. No one from Redskins has ever heard of her. ever! Hell, they aren't even from D.C., they are from Virginia!

Plain and Simple, they did not have an invitation. If they did, any "normal" person would be sharing the sight of it with family and friends. Heck, as photo happy as the Salahi's are, they would have taken a photo of it and posted it on their facebook account. We all know that they lied. Micheale dressed the part, probably still owes on her dress, and with the camera crew in tow, faked her dumb blonde self into the white house.

As for running her car off the road.....give me a break. She probably made that up too, where's the police report? Any witnesses? I bet not! She probably did it herself for the insurance money so that she could pay on her foreclosed house or maybe pay the bill on her sari dress.
I say give her a permanent roof over her head in federal prison and PROSECUTE this lying, power hungry, BROKE!!!!!!!!, couple. If balloon boys parents are going to jail, so should the party crashers. JAIL, JAIL, JAIL!!

Brenda P. Georgia   December 1st, 2009 12:21 am ET

There is no excuse for what the Salahis did by crashing the WH steak dinner, they should be put under the jail and the key thrown away. I also think the secret service put the President and all other high ranking official in harms way and they too should be fired not disclipline for thier action and oversight..

David Helda   December 1st, 2009 12:26 am ET

Mr Larry King

I enjoyed watching your show again tonight as usual! The comments made by Ventura seem like he is reachng but lead me to review the War . If we were to do nothing , in my opinion we would be making a wrong descision. We are facing an enemy that states we and all Christians ; " must be destroyed " , as the belief held by mussim extremisms or terrorism. We must not compromise our moral foundation and stay the fight even if we adjsut to a more secretive but succesful angle of fighting this war. We continuaously adapt to win.

Maintained presence in the middle east to show honorable and respectable examples that truly help and show a better way to those in need of our assistance; is needed! Simultaneously , we should covertly take out the threats that are real. Utilization of more unmand actions and exacting and procuring target threats , increased.

Can terrorism just go away if we do nothing?

That is the horrible truth that we face. I do not feel that we can afford to give terroism the chance. Why we have not taken out the poppy crops is totally beyond me. I would think that a strike of that magnitude would stir those that mean us harm to show themselves and we then could move forward in the appropriate way.

We must make good and decisive dicisipons as a nation against our enemy. We connot and must not fail to protect our nation . We must stand strong and be the examples for the freedom of our people of this great nation of The United Staes Of America and the freedom of our allys in the world. We can lead and show the way forward!

God Bless America We are a great country and very lucky for all we have!

May God Bless all those who Love and Honor , Peace Through Jesus Christ

I believe we all seek to honor and protect and serve in a thankful way our God and creator ; and be a part of making the world better with him. May we go forward with good conscience and clarity of purpose. We protect our very own peace and freedom.

What greater possition could we hold ?

We can lead and show the way forward!

Nelson De Souza   December 1st, 2009 12:32 am ET

America and India were attacked by muslim terrorists and the party crasher being with muslim name sends the chills..............................

John H.   December 1st, 2009 12:34 am ET

My My; another tempest in a teapot. I wonder if judge Pirro has made any mistakes in her illustrious career. How quick we are to pass judgement. I am not prepared to throw the Secret Service to the Lions just yet. There is no such thing as perfection and I doubt anyone out there is in a position to throw stones; certainly not me. A mistake was made. Something serious may have happened especially with all the imaginative minds on this blog but it didn't. Those of you who have never erred are welcome to critizize but I doubt there are many of you who meet that criteria and especially not Judge Pirro.

george..   December 1st, 2009 12:56 am ET

did they sit down & eat dinner? were there 2 extra place settings for them ? do not understand...

Curtis   December 1st, 2009 1:23 am ET

The Salahis who breeched security at the White House should be made an example of and prosecuted to the highest degree, we should not be lax on this issue, it’s quite embarrassing for our nation to have this happen and I’m shocked the White House allowed this to leak through to the media to be made public, and more especially that the pictures were posted on Facebook when the security knowingly were aware of a violation, pictures should have been obtained, definitely not a joke and a stunt for television publicity.

If they are not made an example of there will be even more questions raised about the security of our commander in chief and to the overall national security if anyone could pull this off, it’s so shocking knowing that even cameraman and others were in on it, there is no absolute excuse to avoid prosecution including looks, a lie or an internal connection, the fact that it was a breach and one that bypassed security for our President is not a simple act to pass by and grant leniency to even though nothing bad occurred. The law needs to take over and demonstrate that the President is not just an ordinary individual anyone could reach but a priority to protect and prosecution is due in respect to President Obama and this nation as reassurance of security.

Nick Sehgal   December 1st, 2009 1:25 am ET

The pair should most definitely be arrested for the unlawful intrusion into the White House. It comprimises the security of the President and that of the Indian leader. Does this suggest that we all can make an enterance into the White House at any point in time?

Ben Noble   December 1st, 2009 1:26 am ET

They should be prosecuted. Why not? If they were invited where was their invitation card when they got to the venue?

Jimmy Rufus   December 1st, 2009 1:26 am ET

The White House should've been happy for the guests (uninvited?), they put alot of class and looks into the dinner ! making to big of a deal out all of this..................

Mel Eiteljorge   December 1st, 2009 1:28 am ET

There are pics at the reception, but what about the dinner? Aren't there assigned seats at these dinners? What did they do when it came time for everyone to sit down to dinner?

Wanda   December 1st, 2009 1:29 am ET

If the Salahis did not have an invitation, they should face charges. If someone w/terrorist ties had done the same thing, I'm sure they would have been charged by now. It shouldn't matter that she's cute & they have money, wrong is wrong!

Kevin L.   December 1st, 2009 1:30 am ET

I believe that the Salahi's should be commended for what they have done. I had believed that The White House Security was much more sophisticated. Obviously, I was very wrond. If the U.S. Secret Service could not keep out two innocent civilians who were able to find there way in without being invited, then it's the Secret Service that should be taken under question. The Salahi's should not be charged with anything as they have not broken any laws. If the protection of the President Obama is as much of a priority as were are lead to believe, then I suggest that he hires new members of his Secret Service.

TK   December 1st, 2009 1:30 am ET

Prosecute them. They will get their reality show dreams – "Salihas from Behind Bars". A happy ending for all. Think of the repercussions if they get off; white, rich, celebrities in America can do anything. Bernie, Salihas, Bush.

Wesley McGowan   December 1st, 2009 1:31 am ET

This is a serious situation and it seems like the party crashers are being applauded for their actions. The way I understand it, trespassing is against the law. Uninvited guest should be considered trespassers!
Trespassing as it relates to real estate law means entering onto land without consent of the landowner.

Dr. Mosley   December 1st, 2009 1:31 am ET

Do you want to know how they got into the White House? Look who our president is (a black man)! Would this have happened during the (white) Bush presidency? Unequivocally not!!

Bonnie Flint   December 1st, 2009 1:32 am ET

I think the FBI & CIA should "throw the book" at these gate-crashers! They obviously broke the law while trespassing on the White House grounds. If they aren't charged, every "wannabe" in the nation will try the same stunt.
It is ridiculous that the Secret Service did not catch these people. That is scary!!

dessica   December 1st, 2009 1:32 am ET

yes i think that they should be charged because they knew that they wasn't suppose to be there but i know they will lie there way out of this and that will only prove that you can do anything and get away wit it

vivien yang/MBA/Global Strategic Advisor   December 1st, 2009 1:32 am ET

OK the White House's security made a mistake; if they got in without invitation~they did not just crashed the party because they are not a couple of kids! under age teenagers crash parties; these are 2 adults, worse than homeless folks!! they need to be charged like the balloon boy; they need to pay back the while house with cash; what ever we spent on the media/photos/reporters; they need to pay out a "fine" may be $15 – $30k; this is not a joke, it is a serious matter!!
I think after hours of investigations; they must be charged and fine with punishment!! we do not want this type of people around~it is not funny!! vy

Monica   December 1st, 2009 1:33 am ET

"Balloon Boy's" parents lied to a 911 dispatcher and were criminally charged. I think Shalabi's should be criminally charged.

Theresa Ende   December 1st, 2009 1:35 am ET

I am CNN junky... i watch it all the time because i believe CNN bring the world news around the globe to it's audiences. Lately, i am very disappointed of the news CNN is focus on the wrong stuffs.
Who care about the party crasher... Who cares about what happens to Tiger Wood... Sure you should report it but you don't have to drag it out for weeks.... There are many important issues that people need to know that this stupid story...

Please keep the quality stories in this station otherwise you become like another networks.

Charles   December 1st, 2009 1:36 am ET

They should be prosecuted for lying to Gov't officials and the Secret Service agent who let them enter when their names were not on the guest list should be fired for endangering the life of the President on grounds of breach of security. The Salahis could have been psychopatic and metal detectors don't detect plastic guns

mary decatur,il   December 1st, 2009 1:37 am ET

Can we PLEASE find something else to worry about? The shooting of the policemen, the homeless, the hungry, any of the wars? Be especially worried that 2 people made it into the White House uninvited and thru security...did anyone ever think maybe Tiger was going out at 2 am because he thought maybe no one would bother him at that time of night? Just move on for God's sake...I am a huge fan of Tiger's and I don't care...he said he's not perfect, made a mistake –let it be.

brian   December 1st, 2009 1:39 am ET

Why is everyone in an uproar when the answer to this party crashing is plain and simple plain people went to a party giving by simple minded people. PS don't be so hard on the security they did their job they let everyone in what's wrong with that.

Megan   December 1st, 2009 1:40 am ET

There are a lot of questions in need of answering.

1. Was there an actual invitation?
It should be a matter of minutes to find out what invitations were sent out for the dinner and/or reception.

2. If there was a breach, what was the intentions of the couple? What were the wanting to get out of this?

3. If a young black man from less money was put into the same situation, would it be handled the same way?

I seems that the breach did happen. Under that presumption this issue/scandal is embarrassing.
Embarrassing that a couple would seek to discredit the US Government in seeking more fame.
Embarrassing that a couple could simply schmooze their way into an exclusive and secure party.
Embarrassing that the aren't being arrested.

Christie   December 1st, 2009 1:40 am ET

I think these people are absolute fools and feel that they should be charged with something. do not know much about the law but there has to be some consequences here or everyone will try to crash an event at the White House. This is complete insanity and someone has to be held accountable. This is outrCommander in Chief we are talking about here. There needs to be an investigation and whoever in the Secret Service allowed them to enter the party should get on the unemployment line.

Christine A Jonik   December 1st, 2009 1:40 am ET

I believe the Salihis received exactly what they desired...PUBLICITY. However, the simple fact is, they should never have been there no matter what friends say at present. This couple MAD MOCKERY of the security system at the White House, particarly given the fact they appeared being photographed with as many individuals as possible. The Secret Service situation is so dubious and I do believe an inquiry as to how this could have transpired is necessary. This really does not look good no matter how ones looks at it. The Salihis should be totally accountable ashamed for their FUN AND GAMES.
Christine Jonik

Carla B   December 1st, 2009 1:42 am ET

If my husband and I left our half million dollar home and arrived at the White house in our natural Black faces in our 80,000 dollar car in our best attire WITHOUT AN INVITATION, IN HAND, we would have been LOCKED UP!!!
This is a travesty and proves that when you are white, you are assumed to be right; even when you are DEAD WRONG!

And Larry, for you to have their "FRIENDS" interviewed and inquire as to whether they thought they had an invitation is nothing less than a JOKE!

The other Joke: what would they have done had you and your wife shown up uninvited? That is not the issue LARRY KING...the real question is what if my African American husband and I came, uninvited, and got that close to the President UNINVITED...GOD HELP US....
Either they had a formal invitation or they didn't! I could call any one in the White house and ask any questions I want regarding the event; yet if I don't have a formal invitation I AM NOT INVITED!

Why the debate? only because they are white!

This country is so hypocrital it is not funny any more: there is no Justice for All....if you are white you are assumed to be right...PERIOD!

Treat these 2 people as if they were premeditated crooks;;;which they are...they snuck into the WHITE HOUSE....WE MUST SET AN EXAMPLE THAT THIS BEHAVIOR, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR RACE, CREED OR COLOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!!!!!


Megan   December 1st, 2009 1:43 am ET

PS- laws are in place to be upheld. When laws are broken, it is not the severity of negative outcome that determines if charges are carried out. If the the law is broken, charges should charged.

Thiago De Melo   December 1st, 2009 1:44 am ET

I dont Think that they should be charge of any thing.i first case they how can you crash in to the white house.if the secret service cant even protect who goes in or out the white house.

Ashley   December 1st, 2009 1:46 am ET

Larry, I used to work for Tareq at his now-bankrupt winery one summer while I was in college and even then I knew he was bad news. He lived extremely luxuriously while his sweet old parents tried to be frugal and cringed at every revenue-raising, hair-brained idea he had. What struck me most was how poorly he treated his father (who was the heart and soul behind the winery – his source of cash) not to mention his employees (I recall him not even paying some and being a real jerk about it). There were some rather scandelous excapades (I can provide more details) but perhaps most ironically – he got mad at some of us who had to break into his apartment to use his oven for an event when the winery's oven was out of order. If he only knew he'd be busting into the White House 10 years later. But in a nutshell, Tareq (and it sounds like Michaele is even worse) is an attention-seeking, spoiled brat who has had everything given to him on a silver platter and he doesn't even have the decency to respect those who gave it to him (his parents), his neighbors (at one point the road signs pointing to "Oasis Winery" had the "O" and the "i" painted over them to spell, well, you know), and now I learn he doesn't even pay his own bills? Typical! He's orchestrating this whole thing to make a buck to get rich quick – perhaps his ultimate hair-brained idea. Please don't give him the satisfaction of an interview.

Wishes   December 1st, 2009 1:46 am ET

Well if I was in the area and thought I could of gotten a way with it, U bet I would of done it too!! And let that b a lesson to those who R supose to b so smart, and protecting R president!?? How Do They Feel About That Now!!???? And with all the other things going on I think someone needs to take a closer look at WHO gets in, and WHO gets out....Of Prison!!???? It's a sad thing what happen to thoughs Police Officers, but better them than US. B cause now mayb R people in Law enforsment will help do something about this problem!!!????
Like is always said, Can't do anything until it happens!

Pamela Milley   December 1st, 2009 1:48 am ET

I know the Salahas in the 90's when Tarek was in his teens. I was a manager at a restaurant that bought wine from Oasis(Portner"s). Tarek was always a rebel seeking attention. I have no doubt that he thinks that he should have had an invitation to that dinner. He has always been an attention seeker. Look into what is going on at Oasis today. His brother Ishmal actually worked for me as an assistant manager for Hamburger Hamlet in the 80's.Tarek and his wife have driven Oasis into the ground while his father suffers from Alsheimers.
Pam Milley

Mohammed Konneh, Liberian   December 1st, 2009 1:48 am ET

Mr. and Mrs. Salahie should not be liable for their appearance at the white house state dinner and the security should be liable and this was clearly a security breach so the question remain is that whether can the American people trust them for the president safety.

Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jean2   December 1st, 2009 1:51 am ET

1. The social secretary FIRED!

2. Secret service personal responsible for these stations FIRED!!

3. The woman from the petagon FIRED!

4. This couple ARRESTED!!

5. Bravo investegated.


Bonita   December 1st, 2009 2:01 am ET

I agree with this article wholeheartedly. It doesn't matter that the Salahes didn't injury the President, what matters is that they could have injured him. They were not invited or at least were not on the list and therefore should not have been let in.

They knew they wee not invited. They left when it was announced that dinner was served. Why else would you leave before dinner? It was a dinner, not a meet and greet!

The crashers need to be charged criminally and the secret service person that let them trough needs to be fired and the secret service needs to be trained correctly.

This s not about being sorry, it is about, keeping the American President safe. This man has been threatened more than any president in a long time. If these people are allowed to get away with it, it will make some crazy think he/she can try something equally stupid.

I was 7 years old when President Kennedy was assassinated. I am 53 and I still remember that time. I do not want to live through that again. The crashers need to pay the piper as does the secret service and or anyone else that did not do their job.

Chris   December 1st, 2009 4:26 am ET

I think somewhere along the line we lost our ability to use our judgement. Regardless of whether they were invited or not, they appear to be a harmless couple with no negative intent and considering their reputation in D.C., I think it is safe to say the Obama's had nothing to worry about.

Linda   December 1st, 2009 4:26 am ET

It is hard to believe that these individuals were able to get by security without an invitation. What does this say about the Security for the President. This is very worisome that something like this could ever happen.

Kevin Cornish   December 1st, 2009 4:28 am ET

We need to protect Our President, (Better) Lets get off this it makes USA look more incompetent. Lets focus on Employment reform.

Jffrey Haich   December 1st, 2009 4:28 am ET

They should have the book thrown at them. To endanger the heads of state while doing a publicity stunt to get yourself a reality show is inexcusable. First the balloon boy stunt, now this. There has to be a message sent. I also find it insulting that your "guests" are blatantly lying in their answers today. Maybe if they dodge the questions some more and look away from the camera even more often than already they can look even more dishonest.

Vic Krivo   December 1st, 2009 4:29 am ET

The Salahis gave the secret service a wake up call and should use this as good training for their agency. Although there seemed to be no threat as far as them doing anything stupid, other than crashing the event, there could have been a situation that could have ended up very different. Anybody responsible for security should thank them for calling this lack of security to attention.

robert mcintyre   December 1st, 2009 4:44 am ET

they are actually heroes. like i said they should be thanked if not given some money for their help. if they would not have done it maybe some terroists would of done it. at least this way we will see our holes in the security system and step it up several notches (i hope).

Janice Tetherow   December 1st, 2009 5:28 am ET

I think there should be some sort of penalty or fine. On they other hand, maybe we should thank them, because they exposed a very serious security problem that needs to be addressed immediately. We are extremely lucky that they are apparently relatively harmless, overly ambitious, aggressive social climbers and didn't have a more malicious, diabolical agenda. The Secret Service comes off as a joke....woefully incompetent, inadequate and irresponsible. It is frightening to contemplate that such gross incompetence and negligence could have had tragic and deadly consequences. There is no excuse to justify what happened.

Denny M   December 1st, 2009 6:19 am ET

If we are going to prosecute anyone, it should be the Secret Service. What a waste of tax dollars.

javier brias   December 1st, 2009 6:26 am ET

no, they should not face charges.

levi   December 1st, 2009 6:28 am ET

larry,this is serious...very serious,we had the prime minister of india nd the president of the whole world with other dignitories in attanedance.Wtaching the way the wife was drawing the husband behind to take photographs psychologically tells us the husband was actually in a rush to walk in and probably didnt want all the attentions the wife was craving for.
The even had to come with thier own production crew.
I beleieve they should be charged if the baloon boy parents were charged.
This is more an international embarrasment than the baloon boys story

M Jonsen   December 1st, 2009 6:31 am ET

Of course they shouldn't be charged even if they did crash the party albeit highly unlkely... If they did crash they should be commended for highlighting the need for better security for the Commander in Chief...

Kazeem   December 1st, 2009 6:32 am ET

This is a security breach. The securiy at the white house should be questioned alongside with the party crashers.

Terri Meyer-Hoye   December 1st, 2009 6:45 am ET

who cares about the Salahis! If they weren't invited and are another example of pathetic attention seekers , CNN is sure giving them what they want ! they win. If they were invited, they should show their invitations to the Secret Service and be done with it!

And leave Tiger alone - we don't have a RIGHT to know what happened as one of larry guests said. Let him work it out with the cops and his sponsors.

Bob Hertzka   December 1st, 2009 7:05 am ET

This story amazes me in more ways than one. Obviously if this couple had an invitation they would have produced it and that would be the end of the story. Presumably it would never have risen to the level of a story at all. People do not "think" that they were invited to a state dinner at the White House. This is not the kind of event that someones says: Just come by on Wednesday we are having a few people over for dinner!

I think one missing question in the interview with the friends besides the fact that for "friends" they were pretty vague about the whole story, was why should this couple be invited to a state dinner for the Indian Prime Minister in the first place? The fact that they may be part of the DC social scene as their friends assert and go to parties all the time does not qualify them to be invited to a state dinner, it is just absurd.

Then I think the explanation about why they didn't stay for dinner also makes no sense at all and the logical question would be to confirm if anyone was invited only for cocktails and to meet the President and then was expected to leave? Presumably the White House can answer that question. And if no one was invited only for cocktails, wouldn't that have raised a security issue when one couple decides to leave early? That seems about like buying a one way plane ticket in cash!

But the real responsibility is with the White House staff and Secret Service. I cannot imagine that there was no one with a guest list at the first check point to check off names. Then there was the fact they were formally introduced and no one from the White House was there who might have asked, who are these people? Presumably this event was well planned and the staff knew who was invited.

After all this was not a night club party for a thousand people, rather it was a select list of guests and presumably most of them should have known each other. And while I can see that the Prime Minister might have added some names to the list that would not be known to all the guests, this couple was obviously not Indian! I cannot imagine how the Vice President, Rahm Emmanuel and all the other people with whom they had pictures taken never questioned who they were??

And who took all those photos that were posted on Face Book minutes later?

I think there are a lot of questions that are not being asked or answered.

El   December 1st, 2009 8:01 am ET

Why, why, why are you feeding this story by putting this egomaniacal couple on your show? Sure, it's all about ratings, Mr. King, but is there not a ethical question here that needs to be addressed? Does this media attention not encourage others to act in concert with those same self-promoters to which you extend your hand (and your air time)?

Rose   December 1st, 2009 10:21 am ET

These people should be prosecuted to the fullest extinct for their crime. Yes it is a crime. THEY CAUSED the breach sooooo they are the responsible party. It is definitely a federal crime to penetrate a space that is federal and needs a security clearance. WE, the public, knew you needed a written invitation to get in, it was broadcast over the network. WHERE IS THE WRITTEN INVITE? THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE WAITING FOR THEM IF SOMEONE EMAILED SOME INFORMATION TO THEM ABOUT IT. If they were allowed the written invite would have been wailing at the reception desk when they got there. Were they turned away ONCE earlier in the evening? DId they turn around and come bach again? THEY knew the rules. And they most definitely knew they were wrong because they would not have posted it. THEY most definitely BREACHED the facility, laughed about it and now they get the publicity they always wanted and publicity saves, they think because all of America is watching they are safe. Stop the glorification of this, they are not innocent! Consequences should be fast forwarded. The good publicity should stop and the photo crews and associates,(that helped and prepared the couple) along with the couple should be prosecuted to the fullest. ALL of them that prepared them while they were planning the BREACH. They live in WASHINGTON right! they know what BREECHES are. (BREECHES ARE SERIOUS) If they were there before, they knew full well what they were doing if you dig further I bet they even talked to their lawyer on how to back themselves up.....IN THESE TIMES WE SHOULD BE VIGILANT IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST TERRORIST AND NOT PROMOTE LENIENCY. TO MUCH IS AT STAKE. Let justice prevail. (Please watch our fronts so that the back door is not left open.)

Eric   December 1st, 2009 2:42 pm ET

Okay, I've been reading through the post and there is one thing that is not being said: caucasian people are never profiled as threats. If the Salahi's had any mind to do harm the president was vulnerable as soon as he shook hands with this couple, and there wouldn't have been anything the Secret Service or anyone could have done about it. We are coming from a climate of profiling every Muslim in the wake of the Ft. Hood shootings and seemingly every ethnic group in the wake of applicable event (Japanese with Pearl Harbor, African Americans for various events, Latinos with immigration), and we let a "normal looking" couple come within striking distance of our president?? I know if this couple had darker pigment to their skin with a name like "Salahi" they definitely would not have gotten in the gate and would still be answering questions in someone's office. Thank you for showing the terrorist who to recruit because a "caucasian, socialite" couple wouldn't have audacity to do harm to the president, or any high ranking official.

Pat Kreple   December 1st, 2009 7:52 pm ET

I'm curious why, if they thought they were invited, did they not stay for dinner? Did they think they were invited for cocktails, but not for dinner? How did they decide to leave? No one has asked the question, did they just quietly leave, because they knew they did not have a seat for dinner? It seems absurd to me that no one seems to believe that a good scam is almost always carried out by a master of the "game". She has said she was a Redskins cheerleader, yet no one remembers her being part of the team. Still, she showed up at the alumni events. They both sound like giant posers to me.

Darlene M   December 2nd, 2009 12:38 am ET

Looks like they got an in through a reference to/from a DOD employee , though that wasn't legitimate either, but maybe enough to get past the secret service.

Seems they are skilled at this nefarious behavior and therefore a potential danger.

IF a TV PRODUCER or STATION did give them encouragement get in/ get on tv, maybe they are an accessory and should be charged too!

I hope charges are pressed and an example is made.
Otherwise we can all get a pretty dress and show up.

Set place for me, Mr President, I'll even wear blue.

Mike in Montana   December 2nd, 2009 12:58 am ET

Their 15 minutes of fame is going to get longer, later on this week in front of Congress. And if, they are charged, which I think they should be.., they will have another 15 minutes of fame in a place they don't want to be. Mike in Montana

LINDA   December 2nd, 2009 1:25 am ET

Well said! You're right. So that's the good news. The bad news is that nothing will be done, as usual.

I don't know what it will take to make change in this country. I am disgusted by all political correctness. Incompetent people keep their jobs and millionaires are turned into billionaires while we all sit here doing and saying nothing so as not to offend.

It's next to impossible to fire anyone working for our government because they may be an affirmative action hire.

Makes me sick.

Rick Hughes   December 3rd, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Is this the first time this has happened? I understand that it happened in the Bush Adminstration? There is no doubt, security is too lax and you cant trust anybody, verify everything.

Randy   December 4th, 2009 5:41 pm ET

This is not a big deal. I did this with a college roommate in 1980 at Ronald Reagan's inaugural ball. At that time we acted like I was a German diplomat and my friend was a clerk in Chief Justice Warren Burger's office. He translated for me all night; however, he didn't know any German! We made the front page of several papers and were interviewed live by ABC radio news (I think). We were two college students at West Virginia University. This is easily documented. They were copy cats! haha. This was a great college prank, but even we were later concerned that someone could have harmed the president.

Joan   December 7th, 2009 2:16 pm ET


This is the most comprehensive, pragmatic and objective analysis on this matter. I vote for you to be the Director of the Secret Service. I watch you on Court TV and Fox.

acvau   December 9th, 2009 11:31 pm ET


Deb, Virginia   December 11th, 2009 4:55 am ET

There are laws to send them away.... just read above on what Jeannine says. "Even if they didn’t specifically lie to the Secret Service in order to gain entry to the party, Federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 1001, still makes it a crime if they knowingly and willfully concealed, or covered up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact. The material fact here: they were not invited to the party!" There are others throughtout this blog. The biggest problem I see, is that there ARE weirdo's out there and they need no more people, books, videos, etc. teaching them how to get to the President, Vice President, or any guests that we have invited here.

Grace   December 19th, 2009 5:13 pm ET

I believe that someone very high up in the administration gave the green light for these people to enter, probably Biden, and they do not have the morals to admit publicly that this is the case. Disgraceful that this administration is so dishonest. Was this the Change people were expecting? Obama and company are proving to be buffoons and they are making our country a laughing stock because they don't know the first thing about true leadership. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

 PCSO Lotto Result   August 18th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

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