Couple slips though security to crash state dinner + list of state dinner guests

By | November 26, 2009

white house state dinnerThe Secret Service says it’s looking into its own security procedures after determining that two people crashed Tuesday night’s state dinner at the White House.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says that President Barack Obama was never in any danger. Donovan says the party crashers went through the same security screening as the 300-plus people actually invited to the dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Donovan says the Secret Service first learned about the security breach Wednesday morning after media inquiries prompted by the crashers’ online boasts about having attended the private event.

The Washington Post reports that photos from the state dinner appear on the Facebook page of one of the dinner crashers.

via Couple slips though security to crash state dinner – Yahoo! News.

The hottest ticket in the free world is to the first White House State Dinner of the Obama presidency.

The Obamas are honoring visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, but in their own way — unlike prior state dinners in the high-ceilinged State Dining Room, the Obamas will gather a few hundred VIPs in a heated tent on the South Lawn. …  – nbc

Here are all of the several hundred attendees who should have been there. After seeing 2010 this is sort of like the list of people who might be invited to survive the apocalypse. Nice to see Steven Spielberg made it.  I added some links. Kind of fun to research who these people are.

  1. The President & First Lady Michelle Obama
  2. Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, India & Ms. Gursharan Kaur
  3. The Honorable (Rep) Gary Ackerman, United States Representative Mr. Sant Singh Chatwal (Guest)
  4. His Excellency Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation
  5. Mr. Mukesh D Ambani
  6. Mr. Tim Dutta (Spouse of Ms. Pia Awal)
  7. The Honorable (Mr.) David Axelrod, White House Communications Mrs. Susan Axelrod
  8. Ms. Preeta Bansal, OMB – General Counsel
  9. The Honorable (Ms.) Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Council Mr. Marland E. Buckner
  10. The Honorable (Rep.) Howard Berman, United States Representative (D/California) Mrs. Jane Berman, Spouse of United States Representative (D/California)
  11. Mr. Om Prakash Bhatt
  12. Mr. Hunter Biden Mrs. Kathleen Biden
  13. The Honorable (Vice President) Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States Dr. Jill Biden
  14. Mr. Robert O Blake, Jr., Assistant Sec for South and Central Asian Affairs, State Department Mrs. Sofia Blake
  15. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York, NY Ms. Diana Taylor
  16. The Honorable (Mr.) John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Deputy National Security Advisor for Counterterrorism, Homeland Security Council Mrs. Katherine Brennan
  17. The Honorable (Ms.) Lisa Brown, Office of Staff Secretary Mr. Kevin Cullen
  18. Mr. Donald Browne Ms. Maria Junqera
  19. The Honorable (Ms.) Carol Browner, Energy and Climate Change The Honorable (Mr.) Tom Downey
  20. Mr. William Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State Ms. Lisa Cart
  21. General James E Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mrs. Sandee Cartwright
  22. The Honorable (Senator) Bob Casey, United States Senator (D/Pennsylvania) Mrs. Terese Casey, United States Senate Spouse (D/Pennsylvania)
  23. Mr. Rajiv Chandrasekaran Mrs. Julie Chandrasekaran
  24. Mr. I.S. Chaturvedi, Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation
  25. Senator Satveer Chaudhry, State Senator Colonel Ravi Chaudhry (Guest)
  26. Ms. Rohini Chopra
  27. Mr. Deepak Chopra Mrs. Rita Chopra
  28. The Honorable (Secretary) Steven Chu, Secretary of the Department of Energy Mrs. Jean Chu
  29. The Honorable (Secretary) Hillary R. Clinton, Secretary of State
  30. The Honorable (Rep.) James E. Clyburn, United States Representative (D/South Carolina) Mrs. Emily Clyburn
  31. The Honorable (Senator) Kent Conrad, United States Senator (D/North Dakota) Ms. Lucy Calutti, United States Senate Spouse (D/North Dakota)
  32. Mr. David Cote
  33. Ms. Katie Couric Mr. Brooks L Perlin
  34. Mr. Greg Craig, Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President Mrs. Margaret D Craig
  35. Mrs. Paula Crown Mr. Jim Crown
  36. The Honorable (Rep.) Elijah Cummings, United States Representative (D/Maryland) Mrs. Maya Rockeymoore
  37. Senator Swati Dandekar, State Senator Mr. Arvind Dandekar
  38. Mr. Rajesh De, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  39. Nancy Ann DeParle, Office of Health Reform Mr. Jason P DeParle
  40. Ms. Bhairavi Desai Javaid Tari
  41. Dr. Vishakha N. Desai Robert Oxman
  42. The Honorable (Senator) Chris Dodd, United States Senator (D/Connecticut) Mrs. Jackie Clegg Dodd
  43. Mr. John Doerr
  44. The Honorable (Mr.) Thomas Donilon, Assistant to the President, Deputy National Security Advisor, NSC Ms. Cathy Russell
  45. The Honorable Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director Mr. Bob Bauer
  46. Mr. Ari Emanuel Mrs. Sarah Emanuel
  47. The Honorable (Mr.) Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff to the President Ms. Amy Rule
  48. The Honorable (Mr.) Jon Favreau, Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting
  49. Ms. Sarah Feinberg, Office of the Chief of Staff
  50. The Honorable (Mayor) Adrian Fenty, Mayor of the District of Columbia Mrs. Michelle Fenty
  51. Ms. Michelle Flournoy ( Under Secretary of Defense for Policy of the United States.)
  52. Mr. Thomas Friedman Mrs. Ann Friedman
  53. The Honorable (Mr.) Mike Froman, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, NSC
  54. Dr. Ashok S Ganguly
  55. The Honorable (Mr.) Patrick Gaspard, Office of Political Affairs Mrs. Raina Washington
  56. The Honorable Robert Gates
  57. Ms. Charlene Gaynor Mr. Richard Heiss
  58. Mr. David Geffen Mr. Jeremy Lingvall
  59. The Honorable (Secretary) Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury Ms. Carole Sonnenfeld
  60. The Honorable (Mr.) Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretar
  61. Mr. Anish Goel, Acting Senior Director, South Asia Affairs, NSC
  62. Mr. Senapathy Gopalakrishnan
  63. Mr. Mark Gorenberg Ms. Wendy Wanderman
  64. Mr. John Gorman Mrs. Tamra Gorman
  65. Representative Jay Goyal, State Representative Kiran Goyal
  66. Representative Raj Goyle, State Representative Mrs. Monica Arora
  67. The Honorable (Governor) Jennifer Granholm, Governor of Michigan (D) Mr. Daniel Mulhern, First Gentleman of Michigan
  68. Mr. Earl G. Graves Mrs. Barbara Graves
  69. Ms. Geeta Rao Gupta Mr. Arvind Gupta
  70. Mr. Raj Gupta
  71. Mr. Rajat Gupta Mrs. Anita M Gupta
  72. Dr. Sanjay Gupta Mrs. Rebecca Olson Gupta
  73. Mr. Lee Hamilton Mrs. Nancy Hamilton
  74. The Honorable (Ms.) Kamala Harris Ms. Maya Harris
  75. Mr. Kamil Hassan Mrs. Talat Hassan
  76. Mr. George Haywood Mrs. Cheryl J Haywood
  77. The Honorable Fred Hochberg, Export-Import Bank Thomas P Healy
  78. The Honorable (Rep.) Paul Hodes, United States Representative (D/New Hampshire) Mrs. Margaret Hodes
  79. The Honorable (Attorney General) Eric Holder, United States Attorney General, Department of Justice Dr. Sharon Malone, MD
  80. Dr. John P. Holdren Dr. Cheryl E Holdren
  81. The Honorable (Rep.) Eleanor Holmes-Norton, United States of Representative (D/DC) Mr. John Norton
  82. Mr. Robert D Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs, State Department Ms. Camille Massey
  83. The Honorable (Rep) Steny Hoyer, United States Representative (D/Maryland) Ms. Kathleen May
  84. Mr. Chris Hughes Mr. Sean S Eldridge
  85. Mr. Jeff Immelt
  86. The Honorable (Senator) Daniel Inouye, United States Senator (D/Hawaii) Ms. Irene Hirano, United States Senate Spouse (D/Hawaii)
  87. Mrs. Deepa Iyer Mr. Parag Khandhar Mr. Vasudeva Iyer
  88. The Honorable (Administrator) Lisa Jackson, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency Mr. Kenneth Jackson
  89. The Honorable (Ms.) Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor
  90. The Honorable (Governor) Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana Mrs. Supriya Jindal, First Lady of Louisiana
  91. The Honorable (General) James Jones, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor Mrs. Diane Jones
  92. Mrs. Ann Jordan Mr. Vernon Jordan
  93. Mr. Anil Kakani
  94. Mr. Farooq Kathwari Mrs. Farida Kathwari
  95. Mr. Neal Katyal, Principal Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Solicitor General
  96. Mr. Jeffrey Katzenberg Mrs. Marilyn Katzenberg
  97. Ms. Maneesha Kelkar, Manavi Vinay Vaishampayan
  98. The Honorable (Senator) John Kerry, United States Senator (D/Massachusetts)
  99. Dr. Harish Khare, Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, Indian Delegation
  100. The Honorable (Mr.) Bradley Kiley, Office of Management and Administration Mr. James Coley, Jr
  101. Ms. Gayle King
  102. The Honorable (Ambassador) Ron Kirk, USTR Mrs. Matrice Ellis-Kirk
  103. The Honorable (Mr.) Ronald Klain, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President, Office of the Vice President
  104. Mrs. Chanda D Kochhar
  105. His Excellency S.M. Krishna, Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation
  106. Ms. Gaitri Kumar, Joint Secretary (Americas), Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation
  107. Mr. Vivek Kundra
  108. Mrs. Jhumpa Lahiri Mr. Alberto Vourvoulias
  109. Mr. Marc Lasry Cathy Lasry
  110. Mr. Jacob Lew, Deputy Secretary, Department of State
  111. The Honorable Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce Mrs. Mona Locke
  112. The Honorable (Mr.) Christopher Lu, Cabinet Affairs Ms. Kathryn Thomson
  113. The Honorable (Senator) Richard Lugar, United States Senator (R/Indiana) Mrs. Char Lugar, United States Senate Spouse (R/Indiana)
  114. Mr. Michael Lynton Ms. Elizabeth Jamie Alter
  115. Mr. Surinder Malhotra
  116. The Honorable (Chief of Protocol) Capricia Marshall
  117. The Honorable (Ms.) Alyssa Mastromonaco, White House Office of Scheduling
  118. Mr. Brian Mathis Mrs. Tracey Kemble
  119. Ms. Kiran Mazumda-Shaw
  120. The Honorable (Senator) Claire McCaskill, United States Senator (D/Missouri) Mr. Joseph Shepard, United States Senate Spous
  121. The Honorable (Rep) Jim McDermott, United States Representative (D/Washington) Mrs. Therese Marie Hansen
  122. Mr. Zarin Mehta Ms. Carmen Lasky
  123. The Honorable (Mr.) Jim Messina, Office of Chief of Staff
  124. Mr. Judd Miner Mrs. Linda Miner
  125. Mr. Newt Minow Mrs. Josephine Minow
  126. Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal
  127. Kalpen Modi, Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement
  128. Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mrs. Deborah Mullen
  129. The Honorable (Secretary) Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
  130. His Excellency M.K. Narayanan, National Security Adviser of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation
  131. Mr. Shantanu Narayen Mrs. Reni Narayen
  132. Mr. Raju Narisetti Durga Raghunath
  133. Mr. Martin Nesbitt Ms. Anita Blanchard
  134. Mr. Konrad Ng Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng
  135. Ms. Indra Nooyi
  136. The Honorable (Rep) David Obey, United States Representative (D/Wisconsin) Mrs. Joan Obey
  137. The Honorable (Mr.) Peter Orszag, Director, Office of Management & Budget
  138. Mr. Jim Owens Ms. Katie Owens
  139. Mr. Deepak Parekh
  140. Mr. Eboo Patel Ms. Shehnez Mansuri
  141. Mrs. Diane Patrick, First Lady of Massachusetts
  142. The Honorable (Speaker) Nancy Pelosi, United States Representative (D/California) and Speaker of the House Mr. Paul Pelosi
  143. Mr. Dan Pfeiffer, White House Office of Communications
  144. Mr. Sam Pitroda Mrs. Anjana Pitroda
  145. General Colin Powell Ms. Alma Powell
  146. Dr. Rachakonda D Prabhu Dr. Lata Shete Prabhu
  147. Mrs. Penny Pritzker Dr. Brian Traubert
  148. Ms. Kavita Ramdas
  149. Her Excellency Nirupama Rao, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation
  150. Ms. Preetha Reddy
  151. The Honorable (Governor) Edward Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania (D) The Honorable (Judge) Marjorie Rendell, First Lady of Pennsylvania
  152. Mr. Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting
  153. The Honorable (Ambassador) Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Mr. Ian Cameron
  154. The Honorable (Governor) Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico (D)
  155. Mrs. Barbara Richardson, First Lady of New Mexico
  156. Ms. Robin Roberts
  157. Mrs. Marian Robinson
  158. Ambassador Timothy Roemer, US Ambassador to India Mrs. Mary Johnston
  159. Ms. Desiree Rogers, Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary
  160. Mr. John Rogers
  161. The Honorable (Dr.) Christina Romer, Chair, Council of Economic Advisers
  162. Mr. Dennis Ross, NSC
  163. The Honorable (Rep) Edward Randall Royce, United States Representative Marie Therese Royce
  164. Mr. Michael Sacks Mrs. Cari Sacks
  165. The Honorable (Rep.) Linda Sanchez, United States Representative (D/California) Mr. James Sullivan, Guest of Then Honorable Linda Sanchez
  166. Mr. Pankaj Saran, Joint Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation
  167. His Excellency Shyam Saran, Special Envoy to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Indian Delegation
  168. Mr. Jaideep Sarkar, Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation
  169. Mr. Parag Saxena
  170. The Honorable (Rep.) Jan Schakowsky, United States Representative (D/Illinois) Mr. Robert Creamer
  171. The Honorable (Mr.) Phil Schiliro, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Mrs. Jody Schiliro
  172. Ms. Annetta Seecharran Seema Agnani
  173. Mr. Stuart Seldowitz, Acting Director for South Asia, NSC
  174. Dr. Amartya Sen Ms. Emma Georgina Rothschild
  175. Under Secretary Rajiv J Shah, Under Secretary for Research, Education & Economics, Department of Agriculture
  176. The Honorable Sonal Shah, Deputy Assist to the President, Director Office of SICP, Domestic Policy Council
  177. Mr. Vinod Shah
  178. Her Excellency Meera SHANKAR, Ambassador, India
  179. The Honorable Susan Sher, Assistant to the President/Chief of Staff to the First Lady The Honorable (Mr.) Neil Cohen
  180. Mr. M. Night Shyamalan Mrs. Bhavna Shyamala
  181. Ms. Amrit Singh Mr. Analjit Singh
  182. Mr. Arun K. Singh, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation
  183. Mr. Balvinder Singh Mr. Mohinder Singh
  184. Mr. Lakhwinder Singh Mrs. Sukhbir Kaur
  185. Ms. Upinder Singh
  186. Mr. Steven Spielberg
  187. Mr. Sri Srinivasan Ms. Carla Garrett
  188. Ms. Srinija Srinivasan
  189. The Honorable (Mr.) Jim Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State Ms. Sherburne Bradstreet
  190. Mrs. Semonti Stephens, Deputy Press Secretary, Office of the First Lady
  191. Mr. Andy Stern Ms. Anna Burger
  192. Mrs. Jane Stetson Mr. Bill Stetson
  193. Xenophilius Lovegood
  194. Honorable (Dr.) Larry Summers, Director, National Economic Council Dr. Elisa New
  195. The Honorable (Ms.) Mona Sutphen, Office of Chief of Staff Mr. Clyde Williams
  196. Mr. Ratan Tata
  197. The Honorable (Ms.) Tina Tchen, Office of Public Liaison
  198. Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally, Ambassador, Embassy of Belize Mrs. Barbara Thummalapally
  199. Mr. Jim Torrey Ms. Rose P Lynch
  200. Mr. Richard Trumka Mr. Paul H Lemmon
  201. Ms. Urvashi Vaid Ms. Kate Clinton
  202. Mr. Kirk Wagar Ms. Crystal Connor
  203. Dr. Eric E. Whitaker Dr. Cheryl Whitaker
  204. Mr. Brian Williams Mrs. Jane Williams
  205. Mr. Wellington Wilson Mrs. Wilson
  206. Mr. Neal Wolin, Deputy Secretary, Department of Treasury
  207. Ms. Alfre Woodard Mr. Blair E Underwood
  208. Mr. Fareed Zakaria Ms. Paula Throckmorton Zakaria

Here is a photo of the gate crashing couple:

image made from Michaele Salahi’s Facebook page shows a photo of Tareq Salahi, left, Vice President Joe Biden and Michaele Salahi, right, at the White House state dinner in Washington on Tuesday Nov. 24, 2009

Michaele and Tareq Salahi penetrated the intensive layers of security surrounding a US president armed with nothing more than a badly-fitting dinner jacket, eye-catching sari dress and mind-boggling chutzpah on Tuesday night.

Boasting of being “honoured to be at the White House”, Mrs Salahi’s page on her Facebook site showed her posing for photographs with Vice President Joe Biden, the White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, the CBS News presenter Katie Couric, Adrian Fenty, the mayor of Washington DC and even three US marines.

But Facebook photos also appear to show the couple in the First Family’s glass-enclosed bullet proof viewing area after a concert at the Lincoln Memorial during Barack Obama’s inauguration weekend, The Washington Post reported. Biden’s snaps were particularly embarrassing, one capturing the vice president with his arm around the gatecrasher’s waist as she rested a hand intimately on his chest.

Mrs Salahi is a former Washington Redskins cheerleader who, along with her husband, has auditioned to appear in a forthcoming TV show called Real Housewives of DC. The couple were last year involved in a family feud over the future of a $4.75 million vineyard.

Other pictures on her page show the couple with the Prince of Wales, President Obama, Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, as well as one of Mrs Salahi wearing a skimpy dress on the cover of a local lifestyle magazine.

A publicist for Mrs Salahi initially insisted the couple had not been gatecrashers but later merely confirmed that they “both had a wonderful time”.

However, White House officials confirmed they had not been invited to the dinner nor included on the official guest list. Officials only learned of the intrusion after the media spotted the Facebook pictures.

In what is believed to be the first incidence in modern history of anyone gatecrashing a White House state dinner, the Salahis ended up in the same room as the Obamas and Manmohan Singh although it appears they were never seated for dinner. It was not clear if they ever spoke to the Obamas. – telegraph

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