It was no surprise there were so many questions at Monday’s briefing about Afghanistan.
But Press Secretary Robert Gibbs seemed surprised there were so many questions about the couple who crashed the gate at last week’s State Dinner.
And reporters were surprised that Gibbs didn’t take it more seriously. Clearly, this is no laughing matter. The security of the White House was brazenly and publicly breached. And the lives of both the President and Vice-President could easily have been put in danger.
Gibbs refused to recognize one important factor: It’s not just the Secret Service that failed to do its job. So did the White House Social Office.
As most reporters remember, in any other administration, a member of the Social Office staff – very familiar with the guest list – stood at the East Gate, alongside the Secret Service, with a clipboard.
There was NO WAY you could pass that point if your name was not on the list. No doubt, had that same procedure been followed last Tuesday night, those clowns from Virginia wouldn’t have entered the White House, either.
It’s good that the Secret Service is reviewing its procedures.
But the White House Social Office has a little cleaning up to do, also.
That’s my parting shot for today.