Under the Radar

Maybe the White House Should Indict NBC Over the Salahi Security Breach

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Let's just agree that the two people in this picture are deluded and go from there. 

Tareq and Michaele Salahi crashed a State Dinner at the White House last week and managed to be photographed with President Obama, Vice President Biden, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, CBS News anchor Katie Couric and Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty. All of the pictures are still up on Michaele Salahi's Facebook page.

The Salahis continue to insist that they were invited to the party, but White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told the Today Show that there's absolutely no way the couple was on any official guest list.

Leaving aside rumors that Indian ambassador Arun K. Singh vouched for them at the door, both the Secret Service and the White House social office have to answer for a screwup that constitutes a major security breach. All the "no one was ever in peril" reassurances will never convince anyone who's ever seen either the Frank Sinatra or Denzel Washington versions of The Manchurian Candidate that we don't have a security problem around the President.

Oh, and why did the Salahis give their first interview to the Today Show? Because they're auditioning for the upcoming Bravo reality show The Real Housewives of DC and that audition puts the couple under contract to Bravo's owner NBC.

When the Salahis' SUV was first turned away at the White House gate, they were accompanied by a Real Housewives film crew. Who wants to bet that the person who eventually gets fired for this admits that he or she thought the Salahis were okay because they were on TV?

If NBC didn't offer Michaela her big chance to be a TV princess, would the Salahis been bold enough to try their scam without a camera crew to back them up? Why didn't the Bravo producers ask to see the invitation before they drove the couple to the White House?

Finally, General Electric chief executive Jeffrey Immelt was scheduled to attend the event. Did Immelt, head of the company that owns NBC, know what his Bravo minions were doing? Did he meet the Salahis at the party? Did they tell him about their awesome party crash?

The Secret Service has so many questions to answer.

Note to the terrorists: if you want to infiltrate U.S. security, maybe you should put a couple of sleepers on the production staff at Top Chef. In America, if it's on TV, it must be okay.

UPDATE: Michael Roston over at True/Slant agrees that the White House should blacklist NBC. 

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