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The White House Party Crash of 2009: When the Comedy subsides, the Ominous Tragedy Chills

November 28, 2009

Editor’s Note: For additional NewsReal coverage of this story click here and here.

It is true. You already know about it. Tareq and Michaela Sahali weaseled their way through White House security and crashed the State party. What in the world were they thinking?  And what in the world is the world thinking?

As I’m typing this sentence millions of Americans are simultaneously having the same thought: “If the president can’t secure his own front door from uninvited strangers, how’s he going to keep America safe from terrorist attacks?” I’m going to risk your un-forgiveness, and not just for my overuse of colons, but for my spontaneous impulse to blurt this out. Here it goes:

What in the ever loving____?  Just who in the ____ is minding the store? Ok, Buster, hand over those keys to the Pennsy Ave. digs right now, you are grounded, mister! NO MORE PARTIES!  Especially the SOCIALIST KIND!  Howsabout spending a little of that stimulus allowance on a few rent-a-cops, chief?   White House thinks: “Do we risk offending a guest with a name such as Tareq Sahali , or do we risk the extremely remote chance of him being a W.H. party crasher?  We shall err on the SAFE SIDE!” Call in the expert: WWCD (What would Clinton do?)

Ok, I feel better now. Sorry.

You’ll have to admit, this presidency is so full of tragedy, in order to remain sane one is almost forced to focus on the comedy of it all.

Can any of us wait to hear the Mathews Excuse, or Keith Obamarmann’s spin on this colossal blunder? Will the far left use this opportunity to beat up Obama because of the extreme dissatisfaction over his conservative style of leadership?  What will the ladies of the View have to say about this national embarrassment?

In the ensuing days you can bet jokes, jabs, and jeers will run viral on the net, and comedy writers are at this very moment glued to their computers with empty cans of Energy Drinks strewn about their feet, briskly typing  W.H. security faux pas scripts.  More than likely the president’s own writers are the busiest among these, loading Obama’s guns up with some brilliant comic relief lines he can quickly fire off in order to mitigate the inevitable bombardment from the talk show hosts and SNL. No doubt, there is plenty of comedy to cull out from this gaffe, and that may well be the best defense for the White House. Because if the laughter is high enough it just might camouflage the reality of the tragedy.

Ronald Kessler of Newsmax offers his cataclysmic view of the situation:

“While the couple did pass through a magnetometer to detect weapons, they could have assassinated the president or vice president using other means—anthrax, for example.”

Maybe in another time and with another White House that radiated confidence, this incident might not be so obtrusive. But in November of 2009, there is a disquieting diffidence growing rapidly in our population and throughout the world, inflicting many more people than the H1N1 virus.  While under Obama, it may be true that our nation is growing more likeable in the eyes of the world, The United States of America is also beginning to be perceived as a weak and uncertain nation,  lacking leadership. The tragedy in this is when a couple of uninvited guests are able to invade the home of the leader of the free world, other aspiring uninvited guests are likely to perceive this as their invitation.

Terror attacks are sporadically breaking out on our soil for the first time since 9/11. The Taliban has gained the momentum in Afghanistan as the president cannot decide whether or not to grant his General’s request for more troops. American soldiers are being killed as he dithers. Job loss in the nation has reached panic zone level. Our deficit is quite literally off the galactic charts. We are printing money and debasing our currency. China, our largest creditor could, at any time, dump our securities on to the world market creating unimaginable chaos. And our president is hosting parties where he cannot distinguish between celebrity guests and intruders.

If Obama decides to utilize his customary levity to control this damage, let’s hope his writers aren’t suffering from holiday hangovers. They’ll need to be on top of their creative games for this one.

  1. Cynthia Thornburg permalink
    November 28, 2009 12:29 pm

    This man is absolutely dangerous. Now he has proven he is even dangerous to himself. How does anyone know they didn’t bring anything “unhealthy” into the White House.

  2. Nick Chagouris permalink
    November 28, 2009 12:55 pm

    Pehaps he uses the medieval tactic of the King having a minion (sycophant) take the first bite before he and his guests partake it the vittles? My guess is Joe. What do you think?

    • Tom Stephens permalink
      November 28, 2009 1:39 pm

      You got that right. Joe, his court jester would be the ideal candidate if it weren’t for the fact that he would be followed up by the botox-blasted Nancy . OMG!

    • Sam Deakins permalink
      November 28, 2009 2:30 pm

      At least with Joe Biden they could not play the race card. I think Biden only elicits a Joker. And of course Pelosi would be the Old Maid.

    • Roy Wilson permalink
      November 30, 2009 12:57 pm

      Joe? Well, at least he’s good for something.

      • Nick Chagouris permalink
        November 30, 2009 1:00 pm

        Joe Biden: The President’s ‘Taster’.

  3. Mary Pat permalink
    November 28, 2009 1:10 pm

    Right on , Nick ! You are so right. What a Hoot this administration is ! We are in a Recession / Depression, etc. and all they do is travel and party, party, party. How much did this party cost? How much did Michelle’s handmade dress cost ? 40 workers working on it for 3 weeks. How many homeless could we have fed with that money ? How much has been spent on trips by Pelosi and all of the administration since Obama took office? Do you have a dollar amount on that ? It has to be astronomical!
    No COLA for Seniors…. How could there be? They need every dime they can get for new clothes, trips, and parties. They’ll have to print more money for more trips and parties !

  4. David Thomson permalink
    November 28, 2009 1:15 pm

    It is my guess that Barack Obama’s inept leadership style is directly responsible for this serious security lapse. The high likelihood is that the Secret Service was told to cut a lot of slack to the visitors. It would not surprise me in the least if we eventually found out that Obama sent his own person to oversee the event and essentially push the regular security bosses to the side. At the end of the day, Secret Service personnel are government employees and probably adhere to the well establish rule: mind your own business, keep your mouth shut—and don’t dare get in the way of superiors who can severely damage your career. Just go with the flow. Obama is just as nasty and vindictive as Richard Nixon or Lyndon B. Johnson. He would not hesitate to slap someone around who dares gets in his way.

    • Nick Chagouris permalink
      November 28, 2009 1:32 pm

      Maybe there is more to be revealed. The Sahali’s were beyond brazen, wouldn’t you agree? I’m not entirely satisfied with the Balloon-boy explanation – particularly when the Balloon story is so fresh and covenient to use as their motive.

      America only recently digested that wild story and so now it knows social/celebrity climbers will do practically anything to move themselves up the ladder toward their obsession. I bought the explanation immediately BECAUSE of Ballon boy. Now I question it because of Balloon boy.

      I wonder if either or both of the Sahali’s have any ties with some one in the White House?

    • November 29, 2009 7:32 am

      Obama is just as nasty and vindictive as … Lyndon Johnson.

      Richard Nixon was a boy scout compared even to Johnson’s “made-man” consigliere, Bill Moyers. And none of them was a tenth as scary as are 0zero and the Soros/Socialist Internationale-enabled fascists that surround and prop him and put the poop in his ‘PrompTer.

  5. Loplato permalink
    November 28, 2009 1:50 pm

    My first questions would be “Who is in charge of the Secret Service”? and “Who was responsible for cutting the security budget”? “Wasn’t the SS put under the Homeland Security umbrella”? Hmmmm, “Who is in charge of Homeland Security”? I doubt the Media will get this far into the breach, unless they can blame it on Bush.

    • Nick Chagouris permalink
      November 29, 2009 5:01 am

      Responsible presidents were accountable presidents for all of their nation – including The White House, which, last I checked, is located somewhere within it.
      In fact one accountable, Big League, president coined a phrase. Went like this: “The buck stops here.”

      – Harry Truman

      Obama knows only one retort: “Bush, bush, bush, bush…”
      I’d say day he’s still in the Bush League.

  6. Bob permalink
    November 28, 2009 2:08 pm

    Hahaha, comparing guarding the White House and guarding the country as the same thing? Hyperbole much? Besides, only one of those is the President’s job, the other one is SS’s job…

    • November 29, 2009 4:30 am

      No Bob, the Executive Branch is responsible for both, the Secret Sevice works directly for the Executive Branch. That is the problem in this country too many people do not understand the separation of powers between the three arms of the government and expect them each do the other branches job.

      Contact the Hertiage Foundation and for about 50 cents you can get a copy of the US Consitution and the Bill of Rights. Take the time to read those documents and you might understand who job it is to project both the United States and the Presidency.

      • Nick Chagouris permalink
        November 29, 2009 5:15 am

        But when you really give this some thought, Obama, the Unprecedented Presdent, has set yet another precedent a few months ago in Caimbridge. He told the nation that when police hassle people who break into doors to gain access to houses, the police are “stupid” if they arrest them. Therefore, Obama’s hands were tied. Gotta give him a pass on this one.
        New national home-invader policy. Hands off or you’ll be forced to drink beer.

        Shout Out to Prof Gates!

    • Nick Chagouris permalink
      November 29, 2009 4:52 am

      And Iran is just a tiny little country.

      Bravo Bobo! As naive as the The First Pacific President himself.

    • Nick Chagouris permalink
      November 29, 2009 5:03 am

      Responsible presidents were accountable presidents for all of their nation – including The White House, which, last I checked, is located somewhere within it.
      In fact one accountable, Big League, president coined a phrase. Went like this: “The buck stops here.”

      – Harry Truman

      Obama knows only one retort: “Bush, bush, bush, bush…”
      I’d say day he’s still in the Bush League.

    • November 29, 2009 8:00 am

      Hahaha, comparing guarding the White House and guarding the country as the same thing? Hyperbole much? Besides, only one of those is the President’s job, the other one is SS’s job…

      yep, hitler had his “ss” also….

    • Steve R permalink
      November 29, 2009 10:28 am

      You obviously haven’t been paying a whole lot of attention to the legitimate concerns that attend a breach of security like this one. Try this on for size, my friend: what would your reaction be had the Sahalis had malevolent intent behind their antics? Who would you be blaming? George Bush? And what if said intent had been on the part of a bonafide jihadi, such as the Fort Hood murderer? Would you have blamed Bush? America? or the lax security of your president? Progressives have only one redeeming feature — they’re so easily

  7. Sam Deakins permalink
    November 28, 2009 2:26 pm

    With a name like Tareq Sahali what possibly could go wrong? I bet even ol Nidal Malik Hasan with a stripper at his side could have gotten in and rubbed elbows with Obama and that goon Biden..

  8. David Thomson permalink
    November 28, 2009 2:32 pm

    “My first questions would be “Who is in charge of the Secret Service”?”

    Thank you for the easy question. The answer is Barack Obama.

    • Steve R permalink
      November 29, 2009 10:33 am

      more likely Rahm gave the SS the night off and brought in some SEIU thugs from Chicago. Since the guests weren’t wearing Tea Party t-shirts or other conservative logo stuff, the “security team” was hanging out at the punch bowl.

    • betty boop permalink
      November 30, 2009 5:05 am

      I’m only half surprised he hasn’t turned his security detail over to the Nation of Islam. I hear they do a bang up job.

  9. November 28, 2009 2:37 pm

    Just another example of a weak Obama White House. For the 300th time – they simply do not know what they are doing and do not have a clue.

  10. David Thomson permalink
    November 28, 2009 3:19 pm

    The fact the guy’s name was Tareq Sahali probably helped him to pull of this scam. Would a James Miller or a Bob Wilson made it through the door? It is difficult for me to believe that this stunt would have been successful during either the Clinton or the Bush years.

  11. Robbins Mitchell permalink
    November 28, 2009 3:24 pm

    This White House is straight out of “Amos ‘n’ Andy”….with Kingfish and Sapphire doing their best to play it straight…and Mama living upstairs….Eric Holder as Algonquin J. Calhoun the shyster lawyer and Biden as the slow,shiftless janitor Lightnin’…..all that’s missing is the laugh track.

  12. Craig permalink
    November 28, 2009 3:27 pm

    How do we know that the couple didn’t place a listening device or a nice packet of anthrax somewhere in the white house, as easily as they eluded security?

    How long had they been wandering around before someone realized that they weren’t supposed to be there?

    How much access to how much of the White House do “guests” have?

    How far did they have to travel from the gates to where the event was being held?

    Why weren’t guests required to have their invitation with them or to be on a check off list in the first place before they ever entered the gates?

    Furthermore, this couple had already been denied access at one gate, for them to be so brazen as to push on to another gate, couldn’t they have had motive or been on a mission?

    Finally, knowing that they were not on the guest list, did the president or any of his staff know these people or had they met them prior to this event?

    If these people are not prosecuted, we can guess that maybe they were all old friends. hmmm.

    They got out of the white house, for the dinner they crashed, before dinner was even served.

    Only after they left did someone realize they were imposters. Did they get a tip-off from someone on the outside?

  13. David Thomson permalink
    November 28, 2009 4:41 pm

    We can only speculate in the here and now. The truth will not likely come out until Obama leaves office—and the present Secret Service agents can somewhat freely spill their guts. It is my guess that this administration is wildly indifferent towards routine security matters. The guests are often given virtually full permission to come and go as they please. Security officials have learned that it is best to shrug their shoulders and look the other way. “It ain’t my problem, Dude. My butt is covered. Obama can call the shots anyway he so desires,” is the prevalent mindset.

    • Nick Chagouris permalink
      November 29, 2009 5:19 am

      I bet visions of book deals are dancing through the heads of the entire staff at that House.

      • Steve R permalink
        November 29, 2009 10:35 am

        Somewhere down the road, a retired or “anonymous” secret service person is going to tell all in a book, and we’ll find out. Nothing remains secret anymore — well, except for Obama’s birth certificate, I guess.

      • Kevroc permalink
        November 30, 2009 10:27 pm

        Not for profit, of course. 🙂

  14. Harmon permalink
    November 28, 2009 5:46 pm

    “While the couple did pass through a magnetometer to detect weapons, they could have assassinated the president or vice president using other means—anthrax, for example.”

    Duh! So anybody on the guest list could do this as well.

    • Carterthewriter permalink
      November 28, 2009 5:53 pm

      Good comment, sir! Well thought out especially the duh.

    • Nick Chagouris permalink
      November 29, 2009 5:24 am

      How right you are! I wonder if he makes Michelle walk through the magnetometer? And what about Michelles mom, Mrs. Robinson?

      C’mon Harmon, think a little. Guests must pass security clearance besides being personally known by the president, or a high profile dignitary. But of course there is always that Praetorian thing one must consider.

    • Steve R permalink
      November 29, 2009 10:39 am

      Harmon has a point — accidentally, I suppose — but still…despite the screening, the invitations, who knows what anyone’s motives might be? It’s been said before (remember 22 November 1963) that anyone willing to sacrifice his or her own life can assassinate the president)
      The obviously swiss-cheese security at this White House sends a very bad signal.

  15. Tom Stephens permalink
    November 28, 2009 6:25 pm

    According to Ron Kessler, who in his latest book, “In the President’s Secret Service,” there are several reasons for the laxness of the US Secret Service. (By the way, it is a great read. I highly recommend it.)

    The Bush administration, after 9-11 doubled the number of protectees that they were responsible for. The Secret Service itself increased the amount of criminal investigative activities they were undertaking because that was the only place they really got any positive accolades. With a doubling of their duties, the funding has increased only with the amount of inflation, if that. So they have twice as much work for the same amount of funding. Agents are leaving because they just can’t continue to do more for less.

    Since March of 2003 the US Secret Service has been under the purvue of Dept of Homeland Security. Wow, can you imagine a professional law enforcement group being run by Janet Napolitano??? Good luck.

    Kessler says in his book, “Rather than taking a long-range view and making waves by demanding the necessary funding or shedding jurisdiction in some areas, Secret Service management makes do, boasting, “We do more for less.”

    “The result according to current and former agents, is that since it became part of DHS, the Secret Service has been cutting corners and covering up deficiencies to the point where the security of the president, vice-president, and presidential candidates is compromised.”

    “They will cut a protective detail down to the bone to save on costs, but throw every agent into an operation that will result in arrests, ” an agent says. “The service either needs twice as many agents or half as much responsibility. The priorities are all messed up.”

    So add it all up and we have an agency that is totally mismanaged by a socialist government that just doesn’t give a damn.

  16. donnamarie permalink
    November 29, 2009 5:02 am

    O.K. I might be a conspiracy theorist and these two nitwits were really reality t.v. fodder but what if it was a dry run on how close one can get to the president. Of course, now that it has happened it is unlikely to happen again but you never know. I see a spy novel coming out of this.

  17. Steve permalink
    November 29, 2009 5:33 am

    Crashing Obama’s big party is indeed funny, so funny in fact, that it makes one cry. In reality, of course, it is very sad and disconcerting. Perhaps at the next State Dinner, Osama bin Laden and his wife may show up. Oh my! The Muslims must be laughing all the way to the mosque. After this, nothing would surprise me.

    • Cas Balicki permalink
      November 29, 2009 8:10 am

      Are you saying Muslims have a vested interest in blowing past security?

      • Kevroc permalink
        November 30, 2009 10:30 pm

        LOL, so good Cas!! 😀

      • Robert Laity permalink
        December 1, 2009 12:50 am

        Obama is a muslim. The Salahis are his kindred spirits.Obama’s agenda is to Islamatize America.

  18. richard permalink
    November 29, 2009 6:51 am

    in reality they did obama a favor.
    security will be better in the future.

    • Steve R permalink
      November 29, 2009 10:42 am

      you better bloody well hope so, my friend!

  19. November 29, 2009 7:10 am

    The first place to look is at the Director of White House security, which is probably the Secret Service, but I don’t know that for sure.

    This could have resulted in an assault or assassination attempt on anyone in the building, albeit it without use of firearms or other deadly weapons. Weapons are not necessary. There are people in the world who are trained to kill or seriously injure others very quickly using only their hands.

    I hope someone in a position of real authority who has a grip on the seriousness of what happened is looking into this one.

  20. politicalmoxie permalink
    November 29, 2009 9:36 am

    I breathlessly await MSNBC’s Monday evening programming. Almost as breathlessly as I await NewsReal’s articles in the days that follow.

    I’ve said it before, this WH gives the world the impression of a hay-seed and Johnny-come-lately mentality.

  21. Wayne permalink
    November 29, 2009 10:41 am

    Although it’s true that the Salahis weren’t invited to this White House party there is evidence that Obama knew these people previously even pictured with them at other parties or get- togethers. Did the Salahis bring an entourage along to record photographically their White House party crashing event? Seems there are too many pictures of them along with their “buddies” at the party to not at least question what’s this all about?

    Could be the whole event was designed for the purpose of enabling those in the administration to “probe” Secret Service and “security”. For what purpose? Who knows? Maybe to permit these folks to use another concocted “crisis” to install their own like-minded people into the Secret Service — the Obama version of the Reichstag Fire … but I wouldn’t jump to the conclusion that seems t be by design smelling fishy already.

    • betty boop permalink
      November 30, 2009 5:16 am

      Geez- that’s a scary theory that plays right into my joke above about security being taken over by the “Nation of Islam”. The creepy thing is that this is indeed the way fascists and Communist work. It is the way they have always worked. Innocence and naivete and Soros or Emmanuel don’t fit into the same sentence. This surely does not seem like a blunder, in spite of this administration’s tendency to treat the WH like just another Rock and Roll Crib.

    • Robert Laity permalink
      December 1, 2009 12:53 am

      Have the courage of your convictions. Trust your gut. Obama is a usurper and a traitor!

  22. Phil J. permalink
    November 29, 2009 4:23 pm

    Further evidence that the “Bozos” running the WH don’t know what they are doing.

    • Robert Laity permalink
      November 29, 2009 11:23 pm

      They KNOW EXACTLY what tthey are doing. The Salahis are Obama associates. He wanted to talk to them without actually inviting them,having their name on a list. The Secret Service is NOT inept!

      • Robert Laity permalink
        November 29, 2009 11:25 pm

        If anything,some are quite corrupt!

  23. Peachey permalink
    November 29, 2009 4:26 pm

    Security? Security? Obama does not need protecting. He is loved and beloved by the entire adoring world that are waiting to throw themselves at his feet. He walks on water. He can assemble communists czars at a moments notice. He speaks the international language of deceit and lies. He holds dear to the “science” of global warming, no, I guess it is called climate change now. He is championed and awarded in advance for his “I am going to change the world” wish with a Nobel Prize. No, the guy doesn’t need security. Everyone adores him and just wants to be near him and his circle of blessed advisors. No one would dare harm the messiah and gift to the world. I just can’t think of a single person that would want to harm him. Can you? (tongue in cheek /smirk) I am waiting for Robert Gibbs to float the claim that it was a George Bush conspiracy and they were smuggled in by Laura Bush using a set of keys that they kept.

  24. Moriyah permalink
    November 29, 2009 6:08 pm

    Did they have drinks? Were there writing pens? Were there glass vases with flowers in them? Man I can think of so may ways this could have ended badly …

  25. Robert Laity permalink
    November 29, 2009 11:20 pm

    These folks did NOT “Crash” the party. They are FRIENDS of Obama. The Secret Service is NOT Inept. Don’t be fooled by this facade. NO ONE GETS IN THE WHITE HOUSE without Obama’s permission. Media in the UK and Canada know the truth.

    • Robert Laity permalink
      November 29, 2009 11:26 pm

      WHY isn’t our media more forthcoming? They are not stupid so they must be complicit!

    • Nick Chagouris permalink
      November 30, 2009 2:40 am

      Seek and Ye shall find:

  26. Nick permalink
    November 30, 2009 1:48 am

    I response to your “complicit media” coment:

    There are scarce few times when the reply “Duhh” is appropriate.
    This is one.

    As for your theory (or maybe you’ve learned something – if so, do share) regarding the Sahali’s being friends with someone inside the W.H., I suspect the same. But admittedly, it’s just an itchy feeling I have.

    We’ll see. PLease keep us posted if you hear.


    • Robert Laity permalink
      November 30, 2009 3:19 am

      They have known Obama for (5) years.

  27. Nick Chagouris permalink
    November 30, 2009 2:46 am


    It seems the State Dinner gate-crasher has a string of Palestinian, anti-Israel ties. In other words, he wouldn’t be out of place at the White House:

    • Robert Laity permalink
      November 30, 2009 3:26 am

      Now. If you look at this in the light of Obama being friends with these folks and the absurd claim that they slipped by the Secret Service what would you conclude? I conclude that they were NOT “gate crashers”. Obama is a radical islamist Supremacist usurper. Salahi is another one of Obama’s criminal co-conspirators.

    • betty boop permalink
      November 30, 2009 5:24 am

      Wow- great catches, all. This is so stinky. If it was a sports star or an old rocker, it’d be funny, but, like you say, Nick, this itchy feeling is not as amusing as it started out. I repeat my previous assertion that if Emmanuel and Soros are involved, there’s nothing innocent or naive about this.

      • Nick Chagouris permalink
        November 30, 2009 1:02 pm

        This thing is smelling more and more like a Porta-Potty every time you blink.

        More will be revealed*

      • Robert Laity permalink
        November 30, 2009 11:58 pm

        Hi Betty, you know me from Topix. The Salahis were wanted there. Obama has an agenda to disparage and dismantle our nation.

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