President and Mrs. Obama did meet the State Dinner Crashers. The pair went through the receiving line in the Blue Room of the White House. With the pictures to prove their meeting, there is a call for hearings on the breach of security.
Statement from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Ed Towns on the White House Security Breach
“I am deeply disturbed by the apparent failure of the Secret Service to follow basic security protocols at the White House during the state dinner. This incident compromised the safety and security of the President and undermined our confidence in the protection we expect of the Secret Service. We need an immediate investigation into the facts of this case, and a review of the Secret Service’s security practices. I have asked for a preliminary briefing next week and will follow the investigation until we understand what actually happened.”
Former national security advisor to President George W. Bush, Fran Townsend, told CNN that the couple could face felony charges if it is determined that they lied to White House security about whether or not they were invited.
Some are also blaming the Social Secretary’s office too for the breach. The Secret Service investigation is ongoing, but sources tell CNN the security breakdown appears to have taken place at the level of uniformed officers, rather than the White House Social Secretary’s office or the State Department, which helped coordinate the visiting Indian delegation.
In the past all parties: Secret Service, The Social Office and the State Department work together at the entrance gates to admit the guests into the White House for this high profile and well attended event.