WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House official says the Virginia couple who attended a state dinner without an invitation first met President Barack Obama in the receiving line. [Then later in the conga line.]
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing Secret Service investigation into how the couple slipped through its usually tight security.
I was thinking about the couple that slipped past Secret Service and crashed The White House State Dinner-and-a-movie...then I remembered the line from Murder at 1600: If the president can't keep his 'own' house safe, then how can he keep the country safe?
I know that's just a line from a movie, but what this couple did, they did for the reality of it...and for keeps (on Facebook). So this was far more comical than some jumble of Three Stooges not Vetting Crashers on Absolut Bauer for Dinner at 1600- especially when the Desperate Balloon wife said "Bravo!" It was then I winced.
I was upset that 0bama celebrated 'the holiday' Halloween. And doing it in The Orange House brought him one step closer to Hell. But here were two more trick-or-treaters maybe three weeks too late. And now it was The Fun House, with all the cobwebs of decorum long since gone.
But the final nail-in-the-coffin came from the very sick Veep under 0bama's spell. Despite mounting erroneous recovery.gov data, 0bama stood by his false claim, "Nobody messes with Joe!" And they don't. They just get their picture taken with him...
It was another beautiful morning here in the desert southwest and then it dawned on me (go figure) that Sarah Palin's best-selling book "Going Rogue" has created-or-saved more private sector jobs than 0bama's 'shamulus' bill- and that's without counting the AP.
(AP) President Obama Urges Congress To Put Off Fort Hood Probe, Says Dead Deserve Justice- Not Political Stagecraft By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer On an eight-day Asia trip, President Obama turned his attention home and pleaded for lawmakers to delay their Fort Hood investigation and "resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into political theater."
We know 0bama himself has delayed making important decisions- including one he has since made that will bring the 9/11 terrorists back to NYC for a civilian trial. Then again, that sounds like the "political theatre" 0bama just railed against. I guess he couldn't "resist the temptation..."
Obama's Frightening Insensitivity Following Shooting A bad week for Democrats compounded by an awful moment for Barack Obama. By ROBERT A. GEORGE
Updated 8:06 AM CST, Fri, Nov 6, 2009
President Obama didn't wait long after Tuesday's devastating elections to give critics another reason to question his leadership, but this time the subject matter was more grim than a pair of governorships.
After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. The White House was notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that the president would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance. At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to the president. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.
But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a "shout-out" to "Dr. Joe Medicine Crow -- that Congressional Medal of Honor winner." Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?
Anyone at home aware of the major news story of the previous hours had to have been stunned. An incident like this requires a scrapping of the early light banter. The president should apologize for the tone of his remarks, explain what has happened, express sympathy for those slain and appeal for calm and patience until all the facts are in. That's the least that should occur.
Indeed, an argument could be made that Obama should have canceled the Indian event, out of respect for people having been murdered at an Army post a few hours before. That would have prevented any sort of jarring emotional switch at the event.
Did the president's team not realize what sort of image they were presenting to the country at this moment? The disconnect between what Americans at home knew had been going on -- and the initial words coming out of their president's mouth was jolting, if not disturbing.
It must have been disappointing for many politically aware Democrats, still reeling from the election two days before. The New Jersey gubernatorial vote had already demonstrated that the president and his political team couldn't produce a winning outcome in a state very friendly to Democrats (and where the president won by 15 points one year ago). And now this? Congressional Democrats must wonder if a White House that has burdened them with a too-heavy policy agenda over the last year has a strong enough political operation to help push that agenda through.
If the president's communications apparatus can't inform -- and protect -- their boss during tense moments when the country needs to see a focused commander-in-chief and a compassionate head of state, it has disastrous consequences for that president's party and supporters.
All the president's men (and women) fell down on the job Thursday. And Democrats across the country have real reason to panic.
New York writer Robert A. George blogs at Ragged Thots. Follow him on Twitter.
Copyright NBC Local Media First Published: Nov 6, 2009 5:16 AM CST