Michaele and Tareq Salahi meet President Obama
(photo courtesy White House)
The highlight for President Barack Obama's first official state dinner (for India) turns out to be the national buzz over Michaele and Tariq Salahi's visit.
The DC-area socialites were able to get inside, mingle and even meet President Obama, all without one of the special invitations.
The Secret Service says there was never any danger to the President since all guests have to go through the same security procedures, but many say that the incident still represents a security "breach."
Does going to a taxpayer-funded fancy party for the rich and famous mean they did something ethically, legally or morally wrong?
What about the rest of the guests who DID get an invitation? Katie Couric and her 17 years younger boytoy? What makes them any more important?
Considering the state dinner was for India, we understand CNN correspondent and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta's invitation, but Oprah's buddy, Gayle King? What makes her more special than 300 million other people?
President Barack Obama said he was going to CHANGE Washington and politics as usual. Maybe this is a good opportunity to learn a lesson. For the next state dinner or fancy event at hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer expense, how about inviting 300 or so random taxpayers to spend time in their White House?
Government at all levels need to remember who the real VIP is...you, the taxpayer.