State Dinner Interlopers Met Obamas
Secret Service confirms failure of procedures
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2009 6:49 PM CST
This photo released by the White House today shows President Obama greeting Michaele and Tareq Salahi at Tuesday's state dinner.   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Michaele and Tareq Salahi not only penetrated White House security before Tuesday's state dinner but actually went through the receiving line, where they were greeted by President Obama and Michelle Obama. The red-faced director of the Secret Service released a statement today saying, "Preliminary findings of our internal investigation have determined established protocols were not followed at an initial checkpoint," the Washington Post reports.

"I don't want to jeopardize what could be a criminal investigation," a Secret Service spokesman told MSNBC. "We're not leaving any option off the table at this point."