White House Party Crashers Met Obama (Photo)
The two pranksters who crashed the White House party the other night managed to meet President Obama. The photographic proof is on the White House Flickr page:
I love the legal disclaimer that comes with the release:
This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph.
The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
IANAL but I’m rather sure photos taken by the taxpayers and released to the media are in the public domain and can therefore be used by anybody for whatever reason they damned well please.
On the more serious subject of the epic security lapse at the White House, Jake Tapper has this:
“The United States Secret Service said they made a mistake and they are taking action to identify exactly what happened and they will take the appropriate measures pending the results of their investigation,” Shapiro said.
Indeed, tonight in a written statement Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan said his agency is “concerned and embarrassed” for allowing the Virginia couple to slip through their security.
“The preliminary findings of our internal investigation have determined established protocols were not followed at an initial checkpoint, verifying that two individuals were on the guest list,” Sullivan said, “Although these individuals went through magnetometers and other levels of screening, they should have been prohibited from entering the event entirely. That failing is ours.”