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White House party crashers and the Florida connection, of course

There's always a Florida connection. Seems Tareq Salahi -- who along with his wife, Michaele, made it into a state dinner Tuesday night without an invite -- has an estranged brother living in Jacksonville.

"I was just as surprised as everybody else was,' Dr. Ismail Salahi told a local TV station. "I was shocked by it, but I definitely don't put it past him to do something like this."

He told the station that he believes his brother and sister-in-law "love the limelight so much so that they convinced the Secret Service to let them in."


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Bob O'Lary

Personally, I say more power to them! I believe that Whitehouse events ought to be more open and transparent as to who is invited, and who is excluded. The Secret Service has always operated under a cloak of secrecy, and this event shows that they need more oversight.
The crashers, were not in and of themselves a threat, and appeared to be enjoying the heck out of their good fortune. They were only enjoying themselves and contributing to the event's specticle, as the other guests were supposed to do as well. We can speculate about the ramifications of this security breach, but I hold the couple who took advantage of this gap completely blameless, and applaud their courage to dress up, go there, and enjoy themselves on the people's dime until they were found out. Its the American way.
Bob O'Lary

floriduh again

Why the freak is Florida always in the middle of any kind of controversay? WTF is Florida's problem...lol

We have issues in this state like none other..

Cynical Idealist

Bob....how would you feel if you had a party at your house and a couple of people showed up that you didn't know and didn't invite, who potentially could have robbed the place? My guess is you'd want them gone posthaste.

Exchange the word "robber" for "terrorist" and it underscores the seriousness of what these people did.

The transparency of who gets invited is more troublesome, but if you had a guest in your house that you could reasonably assume might attract protestors wouldn't you want to keep the guest list private?

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