December 3rd, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Does W.H. owe explanation about how couple crashed state dinner?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Congress isn't satisfied with the answers they're getting when it comes to the White House "crashers."
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/03/art.salahis.gi.jpg caption="The Salahis are under investigation for allegedly crashing a White House state dinner."]
The Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says the country is lucky the breach didn't end in a "night of horror." Congressman Bennie Thompson says they still need to talk to the Salahis - who attended the State Dinner without invitations - and to White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers. All three of them refused to appear to today's hearing. Thompson says he's directing the panel to prepare subpoenas for the Salahis.

Republicans are accusing the White House of "stonewalling" in not letting Rogers appear. They want to subpoena her too.

The White House cites separations of power, saying there's a history of White House staff not testifying before Congress; and Senior aide Valerie Jarrett insists there's no need for Rogers to testify because "we think we've really answered the questions fully." Really?

As for the "crashers" – their publicist says they've already provided the committee with information and that there's nothing else they can do to help the inquiry. They claim they broke no laws... and are chalking the whole thing up to "honest misunderstandings and mistakes" made by all parties.

Meanwhile the head of the Secret Service, who did bother to show up at today's hearing, acknowledged mistakes were made - but insisted that the president was never at risk. He suggested that normal procedures were not followed.

After its own review - the White House says at future official events, they'll make sure staff are stationed alongside secret service agents to screen guests

Here’s my question to you: Does the White House owe an explanation about how two people crashed a state dinner?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mambisa from St. Petersburg, Florida writes:
I think the Secret Service owes the president an explanation of why these two pathetic people made it past what is supposed to be impenetrable security. My guess is that some low-level government flunkie saw cameras following these wannabes and figured they were "somebodies" and let them pass. God forbid they'd brought ricin or anthrax to the dinner!

Deb from Nauvoo, Illinois writes:
Ummmm, why is this still a story? Until charges are filed, and they should be, no one should be commenting publicly. This looks to be a Secret Service blunder; let them deal with it. Let the publicity-mad couple spend a couple years in jail. They knew what they were doing.

Jane from Wisconsin writes:
The White House definitely does owe an explanation…. Other presidents have claimed executive privilege when high level staffers have been called to testify before Congress. Ms. Rogers is not what I would consider a "high level" staff member whose job requires confidential policy discussions with the president. This appears to be more giving cover to one of the many Chicago cronies in this administration.

Eric from Peterson, Florida writes:
No, I don't think the White House is required to offer an explanation about the two party crashers. This is an internal problem and I think it needs to be handled internally. They seem to have realized that they made a mistake in letting them in and I believe they will have better security in the future.

Don from Delaware writes:
Yes, they're obviously protecting someone or some office and hiding behind a vague admission of mistakes. They cut corners, changed procedure by not having White House personnel at the checkpoints, and they got bit. This is no different than the Air Force One photo over New York City debacle: someone needs to fall on their sword, take their lumps and maybe even lose their job.

Beverly from Mystic, Iowa writes:
Of course not. Why would you even ask? How has that incident (or Tiger Woods or "Balloon Boy") affected the lives of average Americans? The answer is: not at all.

Filed under: White House
soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. bonnie from nj

    Yes, I believe they do. I can't take a bottle of shampoo on a plane, but anyone can saunter on in to a Whtie House dinner. And excuse me but," they'll make sure staff are stationed alongside secret service agents to screen guests" was not already in place?

    December 3, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  2. george

    YES ....one would think so...they have an EXPLANATION for just about "everything else"....or is that call SPIN?


    December 3, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  3. roger

    No, not the whitehouse, but the secret service sure does. It was not the pres' fault the sec ser. failed to perform adequately, and heads should roll at the sec. ser. for their icompetance!

    December 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  4. MARK PRIBBLE Anna Illinois

    YES. The White House does owe an explanation of what went wrong. For the Secret Service to say the President was in no danger is crazy. Those two people could have been carrying all kinds of different poisons or biohazard materials that could have killed a lot of people that night.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  5. joe m

    separtion of powers? what possible sensitive advice could the social secretary be supplying to the president that she needs to be protected from having to appear in front of this committee? rogers is responsible for giving advice on social events, not the strategy the president is crafting for arghanistan.

    as for the salahis they should be made to appear and answer more questions. they don't need to worry about showing up for this event, they have an invitation this time.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  6. Guy, Oregon

    The Salahi's name sounds like they have oil. But I 'm sure they don't or Obama would have bowed to them.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:44 pm |

    Not unless they want to look like "complete" idiots. I think its funny. If anything the White House should commend the so called "crashers"and learn from them as to what went wrong.
    The Secret Service got the pie in the face and I guess the knee jerk reaction is to try to get the attention off themselves and shift it to the notorious White House invaders who were possibly trained by the KGB or some other sophisticated Jame Bond type organization.
    If you think about it, in terms of security or lack of, this shows you don't need a 747 to get through to our highest levels of Gov't.
    Obviously the state dinner was in a state of confusion.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  8. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Yes they do owe us that.Jack,they are so busy with damage control
    that nobody is talking about the fact that really could have been a
    very very bad and even fatal situation for the president.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  9. Karen, Idaho Falls

    HI Jack,

    If the Obama administration plans to live up to its campaign promise of "open government" they should require Ms. Rogers, the head of the Secret Service, the Pentagon official who e-mailed the Salahis, and any other staff involved in the incident to appear and testify in public. If they hide, this administration is no better than the Bush Administration. Does anyone know what happened to the Secret Service Officers who allowed Mr. and Mrs. Salahi access to the White House?

    December 3, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  10. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Jack since the white house belongs to the American people your dang right they do that white house dont belong to Obama it belongs to us and he is responsible as a renter to answer to his land lords.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  11. Uncle Sam in Florida

    The head of the secret service says the president was never at risk.
    I think somebody at the white house screwed up so bad that they just want the whole thing to go away so as not to cause further embarrassment. Someone is lying and we'll never know who.
    A glass, bottle or piece of furniture could have been used as a weapon on the president and the consequences could have been quite different.
    If the president was never in any real danger, why then at future official events will extra staff be stationed along side secret service agents to screen guests?
    Why can't the secret service provide all the security as it should????

    December 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  12. Zach - DC

    Absolutely not. This is an internal security issue. The CIA and the secret service are the only people who should look into this, diagnose the problem, and take measures to ensure this doesn't happen again. If they explain to America how this happened, they also draw up blue prints for terrorists to gain white house access, directly or indirectly. This should remain classified for the president's future well being.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  13. Harry Havens

    Why? Do you and Wolf need tips on how to get in?

    Millersburg, Ky.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  14. Anne -- Sulphur, LA

    The White House does not. The Secret Service does. However, I'm not sure that the explanation needs to be given to the entire world. There are enough extremists, both foreign and domestic that would try to use this to make me uneasy with the possible results if they did.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  15. Dina

    I can't understand what this has to do with congress. Remember when they told us Pres. Obama had more important things to do than try to get the Olympics in Chicago? I think they have more important things to do than worry about these crashers. I trust the Secret Service to do whatever they need to do to keep from having egg on their face again. Congress needs to stay out of it & handle their own business.

    Ashland, VA

    December 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  16. frankie

    The Republicans need to get a life. Do we need balloon-boy clones clogging the news, they didn't invent party-crashing. Could we discuss Afghanistan and Americans who can't get medical care?

    December 3, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  17. honestjohn in Vermont

    Sure do owe and explanation since the Secret Service is funded by our Tax Dollars at work or...not at work.

    December 3, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  18. Jackie in Dallas

    No, Jack, but the Secret Service certainly does! They are the ones in charge of the physical security of the President and his family, not to mention the visiting dignitaries! Without an invitation AND their names on the invited list, I don't care if they passed the physical inspection...they should never have been allowed in!

    As for Rogers, when Congress couldn't even get the Vice President and any of the White House staff to appear on something much more serious such as torture, I didn't see the Republicans accusing the White House of "stonewalling" then!

    December 3, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  19. Adem jemal

    What? does the white house has authority to let people slid in? Come on! I can't believe am sitting here, and trying to figure out if the white house owe an explanation. Jack, can you get me a job? please!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  20. GWTripp, Mch'sburg, PA

    Yes. Secret Service has a lot to explain. With all the whackos out there threatening to do harm to the President, this kind of laps is inexcusable.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  21. ben stockton, calif

    what he needs to do is find out why security was breached to let these people in.. next time it may be some nut with intentions of hurting obama or biden or any one there for that matter.fire the people that "allowed " this to happen. obama needs to be protected so he can remain in office to steer the country in the right direction. we dont need another JFK assasination to happen.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  22. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    Yes, need I say anymore.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  23. Denis Duffy

    A report should have been generated within 24 hours. An arrest warrant should have been issued in the same period of time. This administration keeps showing time after time that they are incompetent.
    Three more years of Carter, part II.

    Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  24. Karl from SF, CA

    I think we all know all that we need to know about what happened and are tired of the rehashing of the boring nothingness. Throw the crashers into the slammer, give the guilty security people a few days off and a refresher course and the case is closed. Are we unanimous with this now?

    December 3, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    Yes – that whole thing about our President, our house, and, of course, transparency.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  26. Mary Jo

    My God, hasn't every in the United States and probably the world already heard the explanation ad nauseam? I believe everybody has now come forward and explained how the screwed up, White House staff, Secret Services. What more do you want, Jack? Are you going to join the group of people saying that the White House is not forthcoming enough? Every day I get less and less enchanted with television news. Maybe it is because you operate 24 hours a day, but running stories like this into the ground is what has made me subscribe to my local newspaper again. Stop it, please, for the love of mankind.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  27. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Enough of the sensationalism.

    In psychology terms "accountability" is defined as "to stop or cease a harmful or destructive behavior."

    To be accountable one must first admit the bad behavior, and then can only be accountable to themselves in stopping that behavior.

    The Secret Service and the White house has done this.

    Let's put this story in the old news file and move on.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  28. Charles Angel

    So now there are some e-mail trails which resemble something that mildly looks like a possible invitation through someone who knows someone who knows someone. Instead of a legitimate invitation to the event what I see is sad desperation from these A-list wannabes.

    While they may have been able to produce a few e-mails showing them desperately campaigning to gain access to the event, nothing has changed. They are still publicity seeking media hounds angling for a reality show; this is baloon boy version 2. The only thing missing was Jon and Kate Golsin.

    The white house could have probably gotten away with not providing an explanation were it not ofr the fact that Obama had promised complete transparency; he should have instead said a rare and occasional peak.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  29. Deb I , Nauvoo, IL

    ummm Why is this still a story? Until charges are filed, and they should be, no one should be commenting publicly. This looks to be a Secret Service blunder. Let them deal with it. Let the publicity mad couple spend a couple years in jail. They knew what they were doing.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  30. Tina Tx

    The new white house will give them an answer when the old one gives them what the people wanted all along, the TRUTH. The Secret Service is not doing its job. Period.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  31. Don in Delaware

    Yes... they're obviously protecting someone or some office and hiding behind a vague admission of mistakes. They cut corners, changed procedure by not having White House personnel at the checkpoints, and they got bit. This is no different than the Air Force One photo over New York City debacle... someone needs to fall on their sword... take their lumps and maybe even lose their job.

    By the way, has anyone reported how many people were officially turned away? and since the Salahis were apparently just waved in, do we really know if anyone else got in without an invitation?

    December 3, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  32. John, Fort Collins, CO

    i'm not interested in an explanation from the White House regarding the state dinner crashers, but I sure as hell would like to hear why Federal prosecutors haven't already booked and pressed felony charges against these two publicity-seeking clowns. People like this are a total disgrace to the country.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  33. RichP the Pocono's

    First, they are not party crashers, they were undocumented guests, just like our illegal aliens, what does the white house have to complain about. did they use the wrong forks during the main course or what.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  34. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Sure they do but you can't actually expect the truth to come out? This was a Gaff and a half Jack. The Whitehouse is suppose to provide a level of security for its guests as well as the president and staff. They failed miserably at it. Yes they owe an explanation and not just a sacrificial lamb hung out to dry.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  35. Sue From Idaho

    Only if they know, it sounds like there was a breach of security. What else is there to say?

    December 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  36. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    President Obama just dont want his girl friend to get into trouble.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  37. K Burke

    With wars going on, a medical plan in the works, unemployment and other issues.....who cares about another couple from the "me" generation crashing a function. Give this to Palin to figure it....it is at her level Jack, not yours.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  38. Rod

    Members of the secret service go through extensive training prior to becoming full fledged agents...if they cant perform a task as simple as checking a freaking guest list, then i think the president has a lot more to worry about than just health care reform or the econmy. Mainly his life. If the secret service was taksed with being the lead in checking the guest list, then they should have performed that task appropriately. Its not that hard...if your name isnt on the list, you dont get in, how hard is that. This breach of security has nothing to do with the social secretary, theres no need for her to testify about anything. The media needs to call off the witch hunt on the social sec.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  39. Anthony,,,,Swedesboro, NJ

    I can't believe the president is using Executive Privilege to protect a low-level staffer named Desiree Rogers, the social secretary. She was in constant contact with the party crashers trying to get them admittance.
    What influence did this couple have with the social secretary that resulted in this incidence. Her head must roll along with the Secret Service employees who relied on her for solid information.
    She was too busy working the room as a guest, not an employee.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  40. Mark, San Francisco

    They don't just owe us an explanation, Jack. Though owe us an apology for bringing these people, the Salahis, into our lives.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  41. Aydan

    As Sarah Palin famously asked, "In what regards Charley?"

    December 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  42. Al (Cincinnati)

    Same old, same old:
    Inept cronies and imperial arrogance. Horrible combo, potentially fatal.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  43. Pete - Augusta Ga

    Get over it and move on – when will we stop all the handwringing, investigations, subponeas & congressional hearings over trivial screwups? The Secret Service & White House Social Secretary deviated from procedures – rest assured it won't happen again.

    Too bad Congress doesn't dig this deeply into government waste, corruption & their own illegal political contibutions.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  44. kyle azi

    How does the white house owe the people any explanation at at? This is a case of sociopathic attention fiends who wanted to get in the spotlight. President Obama and his staff are the victims of a party crashing, not the perpetrators. I blame the pentagon for the email exchange and the secret service for the colossal screw up, not the white house.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  45. Kez

    Yes, the WH certainly owes an explanation but more-so to the Indian Prime Minister. The President was not the only one put at risk by this situation and I believe the Indian PM should be the first to receive a FULL explanation following an OPEN investigation. This could have been very serious and it should not be brushed under the carpet simply because the party-crashers did not have ill-intent.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  46. Bruce Marshall

    Jack if you or I threaten the President were in cuffs and on our way downtown. So with out question they should answer the questions. But it is his friend and that is the answer.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  47. Mike

    The White House does not owe us an explanation. The Secret Service is tasked to protect the president not the W.H staff. If not Jack , what the hell is the Secret service for?

    December 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  48. Bob in Texas

    Get real Jack. This is about as important as Tiger Woods' car wreck. The Secret Service and White House staff have learned from their mistakes. It's time to move on to more important issues.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  49. Ken Shade

    The White House owes no explanation but the Secret Service owes an explanation to the President, First Lady and the Director of Homeland Security. The uniformed agents that goofed should be reassigned to chasing "FUNNY MONEY". If your name is not on the list, YOU DO NOT GET IN.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  50. Peter Lepper

    The crashers need to be arrested tried and sent to jail for illegal entry and sent to jail..this is NOT a joke they could have been armed...what would Chaney do???

    December 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  51. Elizabeth, Poughkeepsie, NY

    Of course they do owe an explanation and so does the secret service. they need to explain how this couple managed to pass through all the checkpoints and why they were let through.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  52. Sharon - Sierra Nevada

    What in hell is going on when the President's SOCIAL SECRETARY, for God's sake, doesn't testify before Congress about a breach in White House Security?! I mean, this isn't Plamegate and she isn't Scooter Libby; she's the Presiden'ts freakin' social secretary! We live in a world gone mad!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  53. Thom (of New York)

    When I see congress holding hearings about how these two people crashed a White House party it really makes me ill. Doesn't Congress have anything better to do? So, these folks crashed a White House party. No harm done. Good for them. A nice story to tell their kids. But keep the inside investigation out of the public eye. What a waste of taxpayer money. This is what Congress is all about.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  54. John D, Atlanta

    Jack, the White House makes the list! The office of the Social Secretary does this, this is her job! Her name is Desiree Rogers and she owes the American people an explanation as to why she was so inept as to break from past practice and not only changed procedures but added herself as a guest when she is paid by the taxpayer to work these dinners. This would be a totally different story if the Salahi's had injured or even worse killed one of our government officials or a visiting dignitary. Americans want answers.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  55. Otto

    NO, we know a mistake was made but why advertise how it is done so some other nuts try it. It sounds more like trying to point a finger.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  56. Russell Chowdhury from Potomac, MD

    Only because the previous White House didn't explain anything...Hopefully transparency still means something with this administration.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  57. Norma

    No. Just as long as the problem has been corrected, what is the point of us knowing specifically where the problem took place. To me as long as we know that the responsible parties were reprimanded, redistributed to another job, or fired that is all that matters to me.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  58. Jim


    Enough with this. We've been hearing about these Bozos non-stop for several days now. Mistakes were made by the Secret Service and, perhaps, by the Social Secretary. There was no harm done and the lessons have been learned. That's it. Move on.

    Reno, Nevada

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  59. Balazs Schreil

    It seems obvious that, coordination between White House employees and the US Secret Service needs to be tighter than it was at the State Dinner.

    It would be nice to hear from the White House, how exactly the gate crashers got in, and it would also be nice to see the Salahis get arrested by now. Its been about a week since the State Dinner, and they clearly broke the law.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  60. NickRnMaui

    No. Secret serv. Should not need there hands held by staffers. It's there fault. Others could have helped but...

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  61. James Garner

    The Administration are rookies compared to the US Secret Service when State Dinner procedures. I am afraid the USSS is being thrown under the bus on this issue and being the stand up people that they are, they are falling on their sword.
    WH people were not where they were supposed to be. They were supposed to be on the job instead of partying.
    Shame on them.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  62. jim Blevins

    It seems to me that the problem has been identified and addressed. The walk-in checkpoint allowed someone to pass who was not invited. In the future, there will be a White house representative available to verify such information. Further investigation seems to be beating a dead horse.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  63. Pete

    Yes, absolutely. Even if they feel that everything has been answered, they made a proimise that this administration would work in complete transparency. But if they continue down this path, they will prove that they are no different than the Bush administration. This is a small insignificant matter, but if they act like Bush we will see them as Bush. Nothing will get done, but that's not news. Our congress will operate down strictly party lines, but that's not news. Our nation and the people will grow further apart along class and racial lines, but that's not news.

    Bush League is all this president is proving to be. Nothing but Bush League.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  64. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Yes they do, what they need to realize is that the White House belongs to the American people, just because the President lives there it is a perk for being President and anything that goes on there should be made available to the people that pay the rent there.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  65. Joe

    The white house does not owe an explanation. What would that amount to? Are we looking for a chopping block? Clearly there was a mistake. Clearly the white house and secret service are responsible. Let them handle it internally.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  66. Doug Troutman, Lakeview, Oregon

    What is news, or worth explanation? Maybe if they show up in a 757 without an invite?This issue has gone WAY beyond merely absurd.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  67. Jose Manley

    It happened, it's over and mistakes were made. I am sure the Secret Service and the White House have taken corrective measures to make sure this dosn't happen again. Slap everyone on the wrist and move on.....So now that this is over we need to start asking how 30,000 more troops can win a war that can't be won.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  68. Jane - WI

    The White House definitely does owe an explanation. They need to explain why the protocol that has been in place in years past of having a member of the staff at the gates was scrapped by this administration. They need to explain if it is normal for the social secretary to attend the parties as a guest as Ms. Rogers did versus working behind the scenes to make sure things go right. Other Presidents have claimed Executive Privilege when high level staffers have been called to testify before Congress. Ms. Rogers is not what I would consider a "high level" staff member who's job requires confidential policy discussions with the President. This appears to be more giving cover to one of the many Chicago cronies in this administration.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  69. Frederick Lee

    Quite honestly everyone on the Secret Services detail needs to be fired from the Director on down because that's very unacceptable, charges need to be brought up on those crashers; what something bad actually have to happen to get people attention.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  70. Rick McDaniel / Lewisville, TX

    No, not really. The WH guest list was checked, and the crashers were not on it. The fact they weren't called out, at the event, is more about not wanting to make a scene, than anything else.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  71. Matthew

    Here's a hint Jack, No.

    While it is worth mentioning that someone managed to crash a white house dinner you know it is a slow news week when the top stories are this and a low speed non-fatality accident by a golf pro in front of their own home.

    If Tiger woods had crashed his car into the white house state dinner, THAT might be a story: two attention seekers snuck their way into a party and steps have been taken to make certain it wont happen again. Lets all get back to talking about more serious issues, like the Balloon Boy – or as I like to call him the "hid in the garage" boy.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  72. Eric

    The White House does owe the American people a straight answer IF someone crashed, but not HOW... they should take internal measures to ensure that it can't happen again, but not tell people what those changes are. Telling how security was breached, or how it has been changed will only give hints about how to do it again.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  73. Theodore "Ted" Wade

    YES if .... If White House staff and performance was contributory by all means. I fail to see how the White House needs to be involved in the inquiry. The President cannot even walk outside before being escorted and told 'go here', 'go there'. 'stop'. 'go'; like a 6 years old child.
    This is not a criticism, just an observation.
    In my judgment this is just a misdirection by the Republicans that the Secret Service will sneak behind at the first opportunity.
    Stand up and accept your responsibility.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  74. Common Sense

    Jack, I live in DC and have asked friends at the White House to get invited to events. Every time I give them my SS number because if you are able to get in, the secret service needs it. Twice I was fortunate enough to go to an event. The other times, I didn't show up just because I gave my ss number. The Salahis are frauds, and so is this story. The Secret Service was screening this event, and messed up. It doesn't matter if Desiree Rogers was there or not. I wish we could talk about something more important...like the Balloon Boy.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  75. jcs

    Has anyone asked how much the social secretary's office budget is compared to previous administrations? Also how many people do they have compared to prior administrations? Maybe the efficiency of this office is indicative of govermnent.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  76. Tom in Iowa

    No they should NOT explain. Letting these people in was a very stupid thing to do. Telling everyone in the world how they were able to breach security would be even stupider. Learn from the mistake and make sure it can never happen again and move on, we have more pressing matters that need to be address.

    Next hour I will solve the Unemployment problem. 🙂

    Tom in Iowa

    December 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm |

    DUH!!! YES..this is NOT transparent..I;m so VERY disappointed in Obama at this time. I DO NOT care if the social secretary is his old friend. She is getting paid what I;m sure is a good wage to do her JOB!! If Congress wants to talk with her then she goes..simple as that. As for the "more then 15 mins of fame " couple they just need to be arrested! It's called trespassing at the least! The danger to the president, vice-president and other pretty important people in the US goverment.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  78. Mike

    NO, The WHITE HOUSE NOTHING TO EXPLAIN. I am a current law enforcement officer in the state of Virginia and protect alot of high ranking officials at parties and political events. Once we are handed a list of who is coming inside there are NO exceptions. If you are not on my list we will not even allow you to stand outside near the event. One lady asked what she would have to do to get it to an event I was working recently. I told her unless god himself wrote you a note and signed it you are not getting in today. The Secret Service is the best at what they do, its a shame that this happened but they will recover and be even better in the long run.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  79. larry in ohio

    Well Jack this is my first time responding to a question but i could not resist this one the awnser is simple ( WHO CARES ) I CERTAINLY DONT what i care about is jobs illeagal eiliens taking our jobs China,Iran ,unemployment i think someone needs to crash the White House and that is Lou Dobbs in 2012 the Administration is falling into the same trap as the IDIOTS they replaced and if republins dont want to be a part of the solution then get out of the way

    December 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  80. Linda in Arizona


    The White House is stonewalling and trying to protect the inept Desiree Rogers. Why was she all dressed up like a $20 hooker (have you seen her DRESS??) and attending the dinner instead of doing her JOB?? And why did she get rid of the woman who could have checked the names? What the HE LL were these morons THINKING??? So NOW Gibbs is using executive privilege to avoid the "transparency" they brayed they would be exhibiting all during the campaign. What a bunch of Keystone Cops. We had the PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA AT RISK ALSO, NOT TO MENTION THE POTUS AND THE VP. These Chicago hicks don't know what they're doing. And Gibbs the MORON should be ASHAMED for belittling the reporter who courageously stuck to her guns, and for cutting her off with the lame and cowardly tactic of using the troops in Afghanistan as an excuse to move off the question. The Secret Service is falling on its collective sword and taking the blame, but it's the Obama clowns who need to come clean.

    I also want to hear more about these Salahi creeps. Who ARE they? What is their background?? How did they know someone in the Pentagon? I want them investigated to the nth degree and also, holding them in contempt of Congress would be a good idea. The WH is trying to minimize the importance of this event, but to me, it's EXTREMELY important. We can't even have a state dinner without an incident. These arrogant punks need to get a clue.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  81. winifred

    No! Maybe if there was a 3 term limit on congress, they would spend their time doing something that will actually improve the lives of their constituents. They are not doing this because they care if anything happened to Obama but because they want a chance to humiliate his staff.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  82. Liam

    The White House needs to practice what they preach. Obama wanted transparency so, get Ms. Rogers to testify as to why she wasn't at the gate checking the names when every other White House has had their social secretary right there at the front in past administrations. She's a "social secretary" and not the Vice President, the President's adviser etc.
    And, for the idiots who crashed the party? Prosecute them immediately!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  83. Rickey Thomas/Omaha, Nebraska

    No the White House doesn't owe the American people an explanation about "gate crasher's." That's an internal problem. But they do owe the American people an explanation on why so many citizens cant find jobs or put food on their tables.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  84. Arlene, Illinois

    I really think this story belongs on the rag sheet tabloids
    instead of CNN. Must be another slow news day, no war
    to talk about or the economy or no new jobs.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  85. steve in virginia

    They owe us an explaination of how this happened after the breach is identified and corrected. Perhaps even more importantly, they owe us an explaination for their stonewalling. Arguing separation of powers without consideration for checks and balances and Congressional oversight is rediculous. Arguing separation of powers for a social secretary is down right ludicrous. Obama is obviously hiding something once again. I'm so fed up with this administration that I hope he doesn't produce secretary Rogers so that whoever opposes his re-election can have yet another issue regarding Obama's secrecy after promising transparency.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  86. Ken Shade

    Jack, the Secret Service owes an explanation to the President, First Lady and the Director of Homeland Security. The uniformed agents that goofed should be reassigned to chasing "FUNNY MONEY". If your name is not on the list, YOU DO NOT GET IN.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  87. Tim

    I could understand if Bush was in office, but if that was the case, they would be in a federal prison. I would still do it to Bush. But the way Obama is handling it, a terroist could go in unarmed. Step up security

    December 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  88. Jon

    No, need I say more.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  89. CD

    Jack, with the crashers at the White House and a terroist in military uniform at Ft. Hood where was the Homeland Secuirty. We need the military
    here in the USA to protect not in a foreign land. The enemy is here among us.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  90. Aubrey Priest of Fresno

    Absolutely. Any government entity should be obligated to inform the American taxpayer a play by play of all of their dealings good ad bad. I voted for Obama partly because he promised transparency at all levels of his Administration. The WH Crashers are no exception. I also want to know if, when and who's heads will roll for their incompetence.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  91. Tom K.

    Santa Monica, CA

    Jack. The answer is "yes." Now that the president and his wife have hired all their buddies from Chicago, they will no longer be transparent and now will be "acting stupidly." Things are not going well for Obama and his administration and it's their own fault. Instead of hiring people of quality, they've opted to hire people of lesser quality. That's proven to put everyone at risk. Do you remember, "good job Brownie?" If you can't protect our President from party crashers, how can you secure the borders or our nuclear facilities.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  92. Beverly Johnson

    Based on the fact that this Rep. King (R) from NY immediately called for a Congressional investigation, I suspected that he was launching a political football and I still believe this to be true. Placing the White House Social Secretary in this lion's den would be horrible for her, and something that I personally would not want to deal with. The White House has already told us that no WH staff was at the point of entry. There's the answer, and they have indicated that someone will be there for the next state dinner. Congress has very important issues to deal with and should be dealing with them. Knowing that many Republicans have openly said they want Obama to fail, why would anyone believe they are truly concerned?? Sorry – I cannot buy what they are selling!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  93. Adrian Gillem---Virgin Islands

    Was the President of the United States shot, attacked or maimed in any way by the Salahis? No. I do not understand why everyone is still filling every news network, Facebook status, and Twitter account about this matter! I mean come on, they provided a statement, and the Secret Service made sure they were scanned for weapons prior to getting into the event just like everyone else. Jack, do you want to know the real crash at the State Dinner? The White House inviting Brian Williams instead of Wolf Blitzer!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  94. Vera Thornton

    No! When did the social secretary's duties come to include security? The Secret Service had the list. How hard is it to reject anyone whose name was not on the list? It was their responsibility and they admittedly blew it.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  95. Joan Gilbert-Croteau


    The White House alrady stated there was a mistake made on the part of the person who should have been there at the gate to check the list to the dinner. They also will make sure this situation doesn't happen again. That informaton should be sufficient enough, instead of making a big issue ojut of it. .But....the issue should be with the Solivies.

    the gaul and the nerve of them taking it upon themselves to crash the party. After all, they got all dressed up, which shows of their intentions to attend even when they didn't have an official invitation. Hogwash with their misintention mixup. A likely excuse.

    They should be supponed and produce the invitation to the committee, since they are so adament about what they claim as misinformation.

    Without that invitation, they should be criminally charged for what they did. The Solevies seem to have a reputation for crashing, especially after what Representative Ringles said recently, the Solevies also crashed that function without invitation.

    Joann from Maine

    December 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  96. Dick

    No! This is now old news. Clearly, you and Republicans are wasting time again.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  97. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    It happen its not over untill the person responsible is exspeld from there job and is cleard from criminal action thrue the courts.your damd right thats our white house not Obamas.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  98. Ryan - Galesburg, IL

    No Jack, the only thing we are owed an explanation for is the fact that this dumb story has dominated nearly a week's worth of news.

    The real threat is that conservatives are whipping their constituants into a fearful frenzy with invocations of socialism, Marxism, et c. If you want a real story, start there.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  99. Alan (Milwaukee)

    The Secret Service have owned up to the gaffe, the WH has said they will make it a rule for the Social Secretary to have someone at the gate checking names (since we know that while this was a tradition in previous administrations, it was not a rule). All this has happened .

    So what else is there? What else can the gate crashers tell us? Why do we need to have this Social Secretary's head on a stick? Why are we giving so much attention to such a non-event. If we are worried about dangerous people getting in the doors of the WH, rest assured, it won't happen after all the time and vitriol wasted on this ridiculous story.

    And one more question- instead of grandstanding for the cameras over a couple of partycrashers, why can't Congress use that energy to helping encourage businesses in their districts to start hiring again, or getting American's some decent affordable healthcare?

    December 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  100. Daniel, Miami

    No this is a waste of time, why are we even talking about this. There's more important things to worry about than two morons crashing a party. Next time lets have breaking news coverage of a kitten stuck in a tree.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  101. larry in ohio

    How much are these hearings gonna cost the tax payers ??? maybe enough to pay for health care for 10,000 people for the next 10 yrs the republicans need to move on or get run over im a republican that voted to Obama and will vote for a democrat to replace retiring Senator Vonivich of OHIO if they keep these petty tax payer money wasting we did not win not fair not fair games going and again who cares!!!!!! NOT ME

    December 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  102. carole

    You better believe the White House owes us an explanation. The security of the President of the United States is the concern here. The air-head social secretary should have been doing her job and not letting herself get carried away with thinking she was a guest. Who were these people that she was so enamored with that she would jeopardize the security of a state dinner.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  103. Forrest C. James

    No explanation should be made concerning the party crashers. However, heads should roll for the inexcusable penetration of security, Do it immediately, including 'boss' employees.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  104. Dennis O


    Obvious facts. Secret Service's job is to guarantee safety of Pres & V.P. as well as their immediate families. Secret Service did their job, as no one at the dinner, including the social wanna-bees, were ever a threat to the Pres or V.P.; all guests went thru same security screens. Therefore no threat, job done. Social Secretary's job is to assure that people presented to secret service for entry are supposed to be there, therefore social secretary failed, and should be fired or severely reprimanded. End of this story, other than side-bars regarding the society wanna-bees for VA.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  105. Lawrence San Antonio, Texas

    Does the White House owe an explanation, even though the Secret Service has taken full blame for the unfortunate incident? The answer is yes only if Congress is willing to explain why it is investigating something that has already been determined instead of doing the people's business on real issues. Grandstanding and propaganda seem to be the Congress' favorite pastimes!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  106. Diane, Marshfield MO

    No. I'm sure that the security breach faux pax is being addressed in house and appropriate arses are being whipped. As for the pair of "merry pranksters" that did the deed I'm sure that they'll get their arses whipped as well. Do we really need to have all the facts come out on this prank in public? I'm sure there's plenty of pissed off going on behind the scenes as to how this got by security. Do we really need to have them give us, and the entire world, a roadmap as to how it was done?


    December 3, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  107. Steve from Waterbury, CT

    Yes I think they do! First of all why did this pentagon official have contact with the couple in the first place, and why was she trying to get them into the state dinner. Also, doesn't it seem a little strange that someone was "missing" from the Social Secratary's office to check names off, when the Salahis were in contact with someone who had an influence on this? The most intriguing part in my opinion is why Rogers originally said she couldn't get them tickets, but then contacted them afterwards, asking if they had a good time, and not asking how they in? It all just feels a little too convenient for the Salahis to me.....

    December 3, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  108. Morris

    The couple should have been arrested the same as any other "regular Joe" that would have showed up at this party. Just because they are celebrities is no reason to get away with it.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  109. Yeshiembet/Yeshi

    Sure, such blunder mistakes should not be repeated in the future. How and why uninvited guest go to White House, for that matter any other parties? Such things will create precedent for the future. Unless they do it purposely on friendly contacts; every person who is dealing with guest list should be thorough and careful.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  110. HJO

    Just another way this Administration distracts from the real issues. Invite these two for a beer at the WH. Treat it as another "teaching" moment.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  111. Maria

    Well, yes, of course. That's the public's white house, the public's President and for the evening, the public's guests. Guess who they owe an explanation?



    December 3, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  112. Robert Maximoff

    For Heaven's sake, let the Congressmen tells us how many taxpayer's dollars they want to waste on kicking around the "uninvited guest" episode. Do they want to fund this partisan foolishness with money otherwise used for some of our real problems?

    December 3, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  113. Harry Lime

    What's the point of having hearings in Congress about this matter if someone involved is allowed not to come to the hearing. What a joke.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  114. Damian NC

    No, but the Secret Service certainly has some explaining to do; Hey the bottom line about the breach at the white house is this; the white couple didn’t pose a threat to the first line of security, because they where white so they where aloud through, but had it have been a couple of any other ethnicity they would have never passed through the first check point. If they need training they should have the people at the TSA for airport security to teach them, because they will not let anyone into the boarding side without a valid check of ID.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  115. Yeshiembet/Yeshi

    Sure, such blunder mistakes should not be repeated in the future. How and why uninvited guest go to the White House, for that matter any other parties? Such things will create precedent for the future. Unless they do it purposely on friendly contacts; every person who is dealing with guest list should be thorough and careful.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  116. Sharon Messman

    I bloody well don't think any more comment is needed from the White House. I believe we should be greatful to the crshers for harmlessly exposing a seriously lax security (whomever's fault it is) that could have killed our leader.
    Sharon Messman
    Silverton, OR

    December 3, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  117. Nick McKinney, Texas

    No I don't think it will produce anything of value. I mean come on jack. Congress is trying to pass health care, the are about to send 30K more troops into Afghanistan and your worried about some Twit and a Bimbo that went to a garden party. Relax take a breath and let it go. We have more important things for congress to worry about.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  118. Mike from Luling, LA

    Yes and here's two reasons why! If there are no charges brought against the Salahi couple, then certainly an explanation is needed, either from the White House Staff and/or the Secret Service as to why it was ever reported that they crashed the party if they did nothing wrong. Sounds like the left hand isn't talking to the right hand. On the other hand, however, if criminal charges ARE brought against the Salahi couple, then heads should roll and Americans need to know how it is that security at what is supposed to be one of the most secure places in America was compromised by a pair of wanna-be socialites dressed up like Halloween Trick or Treaters.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  119. dianne scott

    No, I don't feel the White House owe "us" an explanation on this entire ordeal about the so-called "white house party crashers...however, I do feel you and every other media outlet, need to get down to really reporting "REAL NEWS"!!! It's so sad that we as a nation, become so intrigue with negative or someone's else's down fall. We are and have been involved in a war for 8 years.....please....get a life and prioritize on what's really important to report on!!!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  120. Dan in Seattle

    Living in the Puget Sound area of Wa. State where we have been/are dealing with the murder of five (5) of our police officers in less then a month all of "this" seems more than a little petty. However, upon a closer look, it IS important. To you question, I do not think the White House has anything to answer for, but the Secret Service DOES. The Service says the President was never in any danger. While that may be true with regard to the "crashers" not having a gun, etc. on them, what if one of them had been a trained martial arts expert? It only takes a MOMENT to kill someone with your hands if you know what you are doing. So no, the White House doesn't need to answer for this, but the Secret Service DOES. Please say a pray for our fallen officers

    December 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  121. Jackie in Dallas

    Denis Duffy,

    It is not within the power of the White House or the White House staff to issue an arrest warrant. The Secret Service must file a complaint and that has been done. If it is proven that there was an intentional breach of security, those that were responsible will be arrested and charged. That would include the Secret Service agents that waved them through three different checkpoints.

    We have separation of powers for just such a reason - that the President CANNOT just issue an arrest warrant! If he could, I'm quite sure that there would be a number of right-wing extremists enjoying the "hospitality" of the Federal Government!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  122. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    The less said about this the better. The WH will have a flood of social climbers struggling to build a sense of self importance. Pretty pathetic, but also a huge pain if it becomes a fad.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  123. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Yes and clearly mistake is being fix and we have many other issues the WH has to face that exist outside the WH!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  124. A Nichols

    The Secret Service and the Social Secretary offices are both to blame for that embarassing FIASCO. THAT couple got in based on how they looked, they looked the part, they looked like they belong to an event of that nature, that's why the doubt of them being there was never in question. Also Ms Rogers has done an excellent job thus far, I look forward to watching those White House events hoping I was there.

    A Nichols

    December 3, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  125. Mahad Mohamed

    hey jack i think those two who sneaked in should go to jail and further more that lady at the pentagon needs to lose her job. for putting the president at risk.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  126. The General from Apopka

    No, I believe Obama owes an explanation about why he gave Desiree Rodgers a job that she's not the least bit qualified for....hmm...well, since he's not the least bit qualified....either

    December 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  127. Jackie in Dallas

    Rich, in McKinney TX

    The White House did their job...they gave the list of invited guests to the Secret Service. That was their ONLY job in this debacle. The "guests" were waved through THREE guardpoints without being on the list which should have been at each point, and without a physical invitation (although I'm not sure they send those out anymore - too easy to fake). The Secret Security should have called the Press Secretary to verify that the "crashers" were on the list to be allowed in - they didn't. If they had, and the Press Secretary's office said that they should be let in, THEN the White House had culpability. But since they weren't called, then they are not responsible.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  128. Thomas in Indianapolis

    The Presidency does not belong to the Obamas. If the social secretary was afraid of offending someone she needs to be fired.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  129. Leslie

    No not the white house but, the couple and the social director definitely do owe an explanation on how they found themselves in a state dinner that they were not invited to and further how they got in. No one that the secret service does not know, should be that close to president for any reason. party of not. Further the couple should be bought up on trespassing charges.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  130. Richard

    The Salahis are nothing more that publicity hounds, who are getting just that. The real culprits here are the secret service agents who let them in.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  131. Mickey

    Oh lord the US can make a mountain out of a molehill like no other nation on earth! There was a screw-up, the Secret Service has admitted that, can we move on now? HEARINGS in Congress on this is beyond ludicrous. The couple owes the WH an explanation but no the WH does not owe congress squat.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  132. Cruz Parris

    I am suppose to believe that the Republicans care about
    President Obama's well being, REALLY??????.......make this
    a wake-up-call, a learning moment, it's over. lets move on.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  133. Mike in Arvada, Colorado

    Jack, The White House should write a chapter for Terrorist Handbook about how to gain access to the White House. /s

    December 3, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  134. Carlos Escalante


    Jack I can't remember a time I disagreed with you, but this is one issue that doesn't deserve our time or tax money spent on it. Congressman Bennie Thompson needs to get a life, stop wasting his time and our money with Congressional meetings and Subpoenas. The time spent (number of congressmen x hours spent + inturns and staffers present, recorders, recording tapes, paperwork generated, coffee and donuts) probably total a minimum of $10,000 an hour. Multiply this over days and weeks, and we will easily spend a million dollars plus on an issue that a simple lesson was learned. Have a representative of the Social Secretary stand at the gate with a checkoff list of invitation holders. Let the lesson learned filter down through the Secret Service and Whitehouse, scold whoever needs scolding, make an entry in their personel folder and move on. It is truely this nonsense of spending time and money on issues most high school students could resolve in a simple 10 minute conversation that makes the tax payer really angry. Its time to quit spending resources on this issue and move on, we are fortunate nothing happened as a result of poor security measures, we all need to focus on other far more important issues.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  135. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    I thought this issue was already covered. The party crashers are just trash TV wannabees and have taken too much of my TV watching time.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  136. Nancy

    I think the couple who came uninvited owe an explanation to
    the Secret Service and an apology to our President and First Lady
    who were hosting this affair. Why punish the White House for
    something this attention-grabbing couple has done. The entire
    thing needs to be investigated from a security issue. Thank God
    they didn't have a bomb strapped to their chest.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  137. Ken Smith

    Haven't we had an explanation? Social Secretary Desiree Rogers was too busy showing off her designer dress at the dinner to work the front gate as did previous secretaries while also marginalizing the Bush appointee that did the job previously. Compounding the problem, the Secret Service dropped the ball. Enough said, the secret service personnel have been put on the leave and Ms. Rogers should resign. Now, can congress and the white house move on to more important matters like jobs, health care and Afghanistan.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  138. Richard Green

    No, they don't, Jack. They DO, however, owe us an explanation as to why they trotted out the "executive privilege" excuse for the darned secretary of entertainment. Is Bush Back?

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Ca.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  139. Bill in Penna

    If you or any member of the general public got into hand shaking range of the President with out proper clearance we would be in jail. The head of the Secret Service should be looking for a new career because he can not do what he is hired to do. Salahis' could easily have had a ceramic weapon. They are both criminals as is there legal firm who knowing that the law was going to broken did not report it but rather participated.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  140. dwaine from michigan

    No Jack,
    I'm sick of the white houses [political motiivated explanation] on every thing they do, there telling you what you want to here, there LUCKY they where friendly.
    Now lets move on to the presidents next screw up.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  141. Denizen Kate

    By going on and on about this, the media, YOU INCLUDED, JACK, are giving these people exactly what they want, justifying their crashing the party in the first place.

    Please stop saturating the television, print, and online media with non-news about completely unimportant people.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  142. Matthew LaMarche

    No!!! It was nice to see someone from outside of Hollywood and the DNC! I bet he isn't part of the GOP or they would have zapped'em!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  143. Bill from Maryland

    Not only is an explantion owed but how about forking over some cash for the crash.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  144. Jackie in Dallas

    Some of you guys want to hold the White House and their staff responsible for everything that goes wrong. Believe it or not, they aren't responsible for everything! Our government works when those who have a job do it to the best of their ability. It gets fouled up when those who are not responsible for a job try to do it, or when those who are not responsible for a job are held responsible for that job.

    According to the charter of the Secret Service, they have two jobs: one concerning the Treasury to prevent and investigate possible counterfeiting of official currency; two, and I quote, "protective roles, ensuring the safety of national VIPs such as the President, past Presidents, Vice Presidents, presidential candidates, their families, and foreign embassies." There is nothing about the White House being responsible for security of official guests...

    December 3, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  145. Aubrey

    Yes. These people endangered our President, and therefore our country, with their selfishness. How dare they think they can't even appear before an official committee to give a simple explanation. If this was all really a misunderstanding, they would be more than happy to defend themselves instead of hiding out in their compoun- oh, I mean winery.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  146. speely

    20G a plate? The whole government is up for sale... That mob needs to be "crashed", alright, but not by a couple of partiers...

    December 3, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  147. J Stuart

    The ability of the party crashers to get into the White House and next to the President is a serious breach of security. But a Congressional investigation? This is getting out of hand. Talk about too much government.

    I for one have enough confidence that the Secret Service will get to (or has already gotten to) the bottom of this and fix the security issues. But maybe I am just an N of one

    December 3, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  148. Kevin , FL

    Our Taxes Rise, Our people are forced to beg outside Home Depot for day labor jobs............Healthcare is ridiculous, and there is a WAR on. Yet here we are with another sideline "National Enquirer" distraction .......and the "Sheep" eat it up!! Personally this Administration needs to explain alot more than a foiled DINNER GALA!!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  149. NLTexas

    No, they just need to handle it. This is not an issue for the world (and or the media) to have a debate about. This is a security issue and be addressed accordingly with the seriousness it deserves. It does not belong in the sensationalistic catagory as Tiger Woods and The Grammy Nominations. We don't need to excuse people because they are "dreassed the right way". This is a no brainer and should be swiftly dealt with. Now this is "dithering".

    December 3, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  150. timbuk2

    The SS does and so does Desiree.... they both have some 'splainin' to do–dont know if the public (and the world) need to know about it...
    I heard some SS people are on leave whatever that means....Desiree needs to be reprimanded in some way as well....I know if I was the Obamas I'd pretty really pissed.What do you say to the next WH visitor?
    Hi! Welcome to the WH where our security is like that of our Southern border–porous!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  151. Jon Chicago, IL

    I think the Secret Service should be under more scrutiny than the couple who "wondered into a party". The role of the SS is to protect the president and make sure outsiders do not get in to events like this one. They failed at task. They are at fault, and so is that idiot that Desiree Rogers. Why is she in the clear?

    December 3, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  152. M.Summer

    No. I do not care.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  153. Maureen

    Jack I agree with you., we definitely need to know how this happened. This couple should serve jail time. Desiree Rogers needs to answer questions on why the decision was made not to have someone checking the list of invited geusts @ the door, the American people have the right to know, we can't afford mistakes like that to happen again, our president's life is @ risk. The outcome of these crashers could have been devastating.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  154. Kevin , FL

    Ever hear the 80s song "Dirty Laundry" ? Guess this is where OUR NATIONAL priority lies now. And we wonder why we have no more credibility?

    December 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  155. Tim

    Does it really matter Jack? After 11 months of spin and hyperbole emanating from the “most transparent administration in history”, do you honestly believe you will get a straight answer from this White House?

    December 3, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  156. Laurent iadeluca

    Yes, the whitehouse owes an explaination...but not as a distraction to the most important issue all Americans. Imagine Obama as a fullback running with the ball that the Americans have handed to him. He's running a long distance to achieve his goal and his opponents are hanging onto him,trying to prevent him from crossing the goal line. Every distraction that turns the spectators eyes away from his run to the goal, allows some opponent the opportunity to do something shady that will stop his momentum. Focus on the real issue which is to create a strategy that inhibits Obama from keeping his pledge to the American people. Health care for All!

    Hudson, N.Y.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  157. Jim from Chicago

    Are you nuts? Why provide a playbook for the next reality star wannabes? We already know it was a combination of the White House social secretary's office and the Secret Service. Enough said.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  158. dave

    Not a public explanation. And like I've said in earlier posts, Cafferty, let's talk about something more important, like details of the health care bills being put out by congress. This crasher couple, they're a hoot since they broke thru the secret service but they're harmless, so they're only a hoot. Of course the secret service and the white house's social group need to figure out how not to do this kind of thing again. What a hoot!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  159. Todd

    The White House has to investigate and tell us who is responsible, but not say how they got into the WH. Now for Obama fans, they will say no, but they would be the first to demand an answer if a Republican were President. So an answer on who is responsible YES, on how no but just because we dont want this to happen again.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  160. ken

    The President should get an explanation, and no other person is owed one. As for the couple, they got what they want, news media coverage, and TV coverage, and coverage coverage. These people should not be allowed to make one cent off this illegal farce, and they need to serve some prison time in a real prison, not a luxus prison.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  161. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    It is just mind-boggling to me that some think too much is being made of this. There was a security breach and it should be fully investigated to make sure it never happens again the way it did. If someone had been killed, undoubtedly everyone would be blaming the Secret Service and demanding a full investigation. So what else is there, some ask? Well, we won't know until the people directly involved are questioned. Duh! Just because YOU can't think of anything should not settle the issue.
    The security of the President of the United States is a huge issue and we can't just shrug our shoulder and say No Harm No Foul just because a few people say it is settled. And it is not like pursuing this issue is bringing the country to a stand still.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  162. Peter Gobeille

    There should have been White House staff with the agent(s) at that checkpoint. Too many potential feathers to be ruffled. A bad call all the way around. Hopefully, the agent(s) standing there won't have to be the scapegoat for what was a poor bunch of decisions all the way around.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  163. carol

    The crashers should be prosecuted. They have been in trouble before and I think they are crazy! The Secret Service needs to explain how this happened.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  164. EugeneWiese

    create WPA type and/or CCC type jobs to work on the federal and/or state infrastructures. Give money to small business entrapruners who can present a business plan to hire higher level of pay. The big corporations should be ready to tell the Feds how they are going to hire American workers for highest paying jobs,especially,manufacturing jobs. Gene

    December 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  165. Mark

    This behavior should not be encouraged. I just want to hear the reality TV networks standing up and saying "you embarrassed our country publicly and will not be invited to any of our shows".

    December 3, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  166. Sam

    Come on, you people are just jealous because you could not go to the party.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  167. George

    With all the things going on around the world and in the United States, they have to worry about this!?!? Certainly a mistake happened and we are thankful nothing bad came of it but really...admit the mistake. Discipline some people. Correct the problem. Move on. There is no need for hearings and subpeonas and dragging this out. Not when troops need proper equipment in the theatre of operations they are in and when people are going hungry or without medical attention.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  168. Jackie in Dallas

    By the way, to all of you criticizing Desiree Rogers being there, it is a function of her JOB to be there. You really ought to bone up on a subject before you chime in. The social secretaries and Press Secretaries are there to facilitate the introductions of guests to the President, First Lady, and the honorees.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  169. Tim, Florida

    No. A mistake was made and that mistake is very sensitve information to be sharing. Absolutely not... Let's correct the problem and move on. The Salashis should be charged with every offense available to federal prosecutors for this very dangerous escapade they so happily went on. They are an embarrassment to the nation and enjoying every minute of this very dangerous notorieity. One can only hope and pray that they have not potentially now emboldened someone out there to continue to test the 'essential security' for our President, the First Lady and his family. They should be ashamed of themselves and go crawl in a hole!!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  170. Rose

    No they don't. So lets get back fixing Bushes mess.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  171. Dennis from Oregon

    I don't need an explanation. Just fix it. I do wonder, though, just where on planet earth the government employee who failed to follow procedure will be checking IDs next.

    December 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm |