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Tourists Let Into White House Breakfast

Ga. couple showed up on wrong day, hit buffet with Obamas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 15, 2009 8:28 PM CST
Tourists Let Into White House Breakfast
Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the more famous White House gate-crashers.   (NBC Universal)

(Newser) – It wasn't a state dinner, and they didn't crash it on purpose. Still, a Georgia couple who showed up at the White House a day early for a tour somehow wound up at an invitation-only breakfast with President Obama. The White House and Secret Service said Harvey and Paula Darden went through the appropriate security screenings and were allowed int as a courtesy because there were no public tours that day, Nov. 11.

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That explanation was news to Harvey Darden, 67, who thought they were simply starting their tour until they were ushered into the East Room, offered a buffet spread and told they'd be meeting the president. They approached a White House aide with their concern that they had veered off course but were told to "just go with the flow," Darden said. "I felt kind of funny because I was the only man in the room that wasn't dressed in a coat and tie," he added. "I was just a plain tourist." (Read more Harvey and Paula Darden stories.)

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