Chain of Fools

Whiplash inducing quote of the day from The New York Times and MSNBC:

“As White House officials fended off new questions about how a fame-seeking couple finessed their way into the president’s glittering state dinner last week, the aspiring reality-TV stars themselves began trying to sell their story for hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Television industry executives said on Saturday that Michaele and Tareq Salahi had postponed plans for an interview Monday on CNN’s “Larry King Live” and were seeking top-dollar bids for their first television interview.

Not only should these media whores not get “top-dollar” for their side of the story, but they should have their asses thrown in jail—preferably with Michaele’s sharing a cell with Big Bertha.

But wait—there’s more:

“Meanwhile, several invited guests who had entered the White House through the same entrance as the Salahis said that the Secret Service’s normal security check-in process, familiar to many of them after years in political circles, had been haphazard.

They said Secret Service guards had not directed the visitors through the well-equipped guardhouse with its metal detector and X-ray screeners, located just inside the east entrance to the White House. Instead, after guards glanced at their ID cards in the dark, they had to wait in a chilly mist outside the East Wing portico. Then they were funneled to a portable metal detector but no X-ray scanner for checking purses and other belongings.

 So, let me get this straight.  People who would have direct access and physical contact with the President of the United States had to undergo less clearance than the average schmo who goes through security at the Podunk airport?  A blonde bimbo is allowed to bypass security clearing because she doesn’t fit the profile of a terrorist? 

And where was the White House social secretary, Ms. Rogers, who was supposed to have staff overseeing all of the checkpoints to prevent just such a “gate crashing”?  Too busy promoting herself?

What is dreadfully wrong with this picture?  I hate to advance conspiracy theories, but something tells me the Secret Service isn’t “all that into” protecting this president. 

 I hope heads roll at that department and with the White House staff.  I hope they bounce all the way to Lower Slobovia where their next job is picking up reindeer dung.

In that vein, I dedicate this ATC to the Salahis and the Secret Service. 

May you get what you deserve.


4 thoughts on “Chain of Fools

  1. I’m not ready to go there in terms of purposely half-hearted Secret Service efforts. But I wouldn’t mind seeing these two spend the next five years in Guantanamo. And, the abrupt end of the professional lives of the security personnel responsible for the lax procedures.


  2. Center Square—Yes, perhaps I’m over-reacting about the Secret Service, but their director said security protocols need to be followed every time and clearly they weren’t. Someone who went to one of these state dinners for Bush said that a man brought his daughter because her mother couldn’t attend, but because the daughter’s name wasn’t on the list, they were turned away. Why can’t this strict adherence to protocols be repeated with Obama?

    Ben—One hopes that will be the case. We just got damned lucky with this one.

    Thank you both for commenting. Y’all come back!


  3. Your ATC is the perfect illustration for the new airline rules – no bathroom, no blankee on lap etc. We are very very good at closing the barn doors after the horse got out.


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