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November 28th, 2009
04:47 AM ET

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  1. Jake, Boston MA

    yes they should be charged to set an example and to deter others from attemping this kind of stunt

    November 28, 2009 at 6:12 am |
  2. T.

    About the White House party crashers, JUST UNBELIEVABLE I fault the secret service HOW,HOW in the world could this happen. This was not a neighborhood house party if the names were not on the list then you don't get in. The secret service needs to be investigated along with the couple and some people need to be LET GO.

    November 28, 2009 at 6:23 am |
  3. Ted

    That whole story they are trying to pass off about Tiger Woods are lies! What person thats not drunk pulls out of their driveway and hits a fire hydrant and a tree only to have his wife right there with a golf club to save his life! He was drunk, and his wife blew out the window because he wouldnt get out of the car. Probably she found out that he`s partying with the ladies, did she really think he was as good as the media makes him out to be? If that were anyone else they would be in jail if not for the reckless driving alone! Eldrick shame on you!

    November 28, 2009 at 6:33 am |
  4. chris

    I think these two people need to be made examples of. They could have put a knife in the neck of our president, our vice president or the guest of honor, which any of the mentioned would have had major consiquenses. It could have ended very badly for everyone in that tent.

    November 28, 2009 at 7:11 am |
  5. Ted Harris

    The Media keeps talking about the couple that broke White House security by crashing President Obama's State Dinner... How can the media overlook that they also got close to the Prime Minster of India who's country is looking at the anniversary of terrorist who invaded India 1 year ago. Now their leader is in the White House with a potential for terrorist to attach him as well as the President of the United States...

    How is obvious of this potential threat to India overlooked in the context of this White House security breach??????

    November 28, 2009 at 7:24 am |
  6. Lynette Wilfong

    It is outragous that those idiots got into the State Dinner and put everyones lives at risk. Everyone would like to go to a State Dinner with the President but would never dream of crashing the party. Yes they should be punished bigtime! And, i wouldn't have let her in the door when i saw the cheap and tacky way she was dressed for something so very formal that alone should have been a red flashing light and warning that they were not invited!

    November 28, 2009 at 7:28 am |
  7. Phil

    Yes...they and Security should be punished. Not only have these people rudely trespassed and were uninvited, they and Security have set a bad example for our leader and top officials visiting our country. Our leader and his family members are being guarded by idiots. I bet they can guard Wells Fargo better... I'm pissed..

    November 28, 2009 at 7:31 am |
  8. Denise Conklin

    the virginia couple accused of crashing a state dinner should be treated to the full extent of legal remedies. Not only did they get into the white house but THEY DID SO WILLINGLY & WITH WELL DESIGNED FORETHOUGHT. They are also willingly & with well though out forethought taught Americans – especially American youth – that this is not only OK to do but also it is a lot of fun and can be very lucretative. This, I believe, is the more grevious crime and need to be addressed in some meaningful way.

    Perhaps, a good sentence would include (1) a couple of thousand hours of community service doing public speaking engagements before youth audiences extoling the virtues of lawful behavior and (2) a financial penalty equal to at least three to five times the price of the contract they would have received as participants on the reality program they were trying out looks as if they can easily afford that and then some. This penalty also dedicated to teaching youth about the good that accompanies lawful behaviors...perhaps via a PR spot that could be aired on CNN

    November 28, 2009 at 7:34 am |
  9. Janie Carter

    Of course they should be punished, as well as those who failed to stop them, it's not very comforting knowing that it is that easy to walk into the White House especially this day and age an example needs to be made here!

    November 28, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  10. Ted Harris

    – Re – Previous Comment by Ted....
    The Media keeps talking about the couple that broke White House security by crashing President Obama's State Dinner... How can the media overlook that they also got close to the Prime Minster of India who's country is looking at the anniversary of terrorist who invaded India 1 year ago. Now their leader was in the White House with a potential for terrorist to attach him as well as the President of the United States...(or the fact that Ted spelled "attach instead of attack" on a worldwide blog – It's Obvious that Ted did not check his comment before he sent it to CNN – Could he be a Secret Service Agent ?)

    Is this obvious security breach also a potential threat to India and overlooked by media reports as it relates to White House security ??????

    How bout it's "Obvious" Ted needs to check his spelling like the Secret Service needs to check all the guest at the White House....(not – lol)

    November 28, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  11. sharon brown

    my bank just deposited $2 to cover an overdraft and charged me $10 for the privilege – used to be free – can u believe it?

    November 28, 2009 at 7:56 am |
  12. Robin Phillips

    Heads should roll at the Secret Service for facilitating this ghastly breach of security at the White House. Situtions like this just enourage our nation's wannabes in their search for 15 minutes. The offending SS agents and the couple should be sent to Gitmo as an example.

    November 28, 2009 at 8:14 am |
  13. Fred

    Tiger's a hero for so many! Hope he's ok...

    November 28, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  14. GA Cox

    TJ the Va couple not only crashed the party but they have cost a number of people their careers. The couple should be charged according to the laws that were broken. This was not a streaking event.

    November 28, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  15. michael armstrong sr.

    Did Tigers facial wounds come from the car accident our did he get hit in the face with a golf club?

    November 28, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  16. michael armstrong sr.

    The party crashers did something wrong but the fault is with the secret service for blundering there job's all in all this fall's back to Charles Holder after all he is in charge of the security team.

    November 28, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  17. Cher

    Those bozos should get a true taste of reality with a stiff prison sentence for disregarding and disrespecting the sanctity of the office of the president in their selfish pursuit of fame. I guarantee that "Pookie & Ray-Ray or Poncho & Chuy" would have never gotten past the first checkpoint and would be in jail right now! Just because one is blonde and/or fit the wealthy socialite bill does not mean one is not a criminal!!!

    November 28, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  18. Judi

    Good grief, must we know EVERY aspect of this couple's life? It's you, CNN, and the rest of the media which encourages this "gotta know it all" attitude of the viewers. You forget what a powerful influence you have. Back off, give these people some space. Being famous shouldn't mean that you can't have a private life.

    November 28, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  19. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    It seems that the Media Communications Companies will have to wait for the Florida state troopers to meet to pro golfer Tiger Woods. I hope that they will not use a device for the media who are getting anxious for answers of the crash near his home. The release of reports from the hospital and Florida Police has not being enough. State troopers are doing their job but they cannot force themselves for a routine car accident investigation. What is the Media trying to do?

    November 28, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  20. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    I think that the Media Companies again have to exercise some control on the Party Crashers at the Whitehouse. These people could be asked questions but apparently the mistake was made by the security service and they already have acknowledged the mistake. There is no need for them to be made an example of. They could have done many things but the fact is that they did not do it and we have to keep perspective of reality. The situation simply showed how bad our security system is.

    November 28, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  21. Steve Levine

    Regarding the the VA couple that crashed the state dinner, there is plenty of blame to go around. First, the security lapse is troubling. To think that anyone could get through Security and get that much access so easily is horrifying. Determining where the security broke down is critical. As far as punishment to the couple, they should be charged according to the law. However, with that being said, had they not done what they did, we might still not know of the problems with security. So, in a sense, their breach shined light on a severe security problem.

    November 28, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  22. RON

    The party crashers, the secret service and THE MEDIA should all be punished. Giving this couple so much attention is exactly what they wanted. AND YOU WON'T STOP!!!!

    November 28, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  23. Harsha

    This is with reference to the couple that gatecrashed the recently held event in the White House.

    I believe we have better things to worry about: given the high employment rates and job issues/economy. I honestly think there are enough checks and balances in the White house to ensure people who are not required dont attend. AND right now, who goes to the White House or not does not keep me awake at night. What worries me are bigger issues such as the recession, Iraq and the Afghan war, which affect us on a daily basis.

    November 28, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  24. RON

    LEAVE TIGER ALONE!!! If you reported on every man who hit a tree while trying to escape from an angry golf club wielding wife, that's all we be listening to all day! poor Tiger.

    November 28, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  25. IPhillip

    I am outraged that Lisa Bloom who's usually so angry about everything, thinks that what this egotistical, stupid couple did is okay. They should be severely punished and made an example of so NO ONE would ever dare to even consider such an irresponsible act. They not only exposed the President and embarrassed our country, but exposed a foreign dignitary to harm on our soil. Yes the Secret Service erred, and should be disciplined but this couple should be jailed so that they get quality time to be creative as to how best serve humanity not themselves.

    November 28, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  26. Carmen Urquidi

    It would be a disservice to the American people to not fully investigate this incident.This couple put our whole country and the country of India at risk.This dinner was attended but the lawmakers and leaders of our country, and let us not forget, the country of India.Will leaders of other countries refuse to visit with concerns with this security breach. They have publicly humiliated our country for 15 minutes of fame
    The behavior should be treated as unAmerican and terroristic. If they had hurt ANY of the lawmakers attending this event, we would be having a different conversation this couple is not the upper class of DC. They are reported online to be in debt up to a million dollars and filing bankruptcy.

    November 28, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  27. Janet Burnett

    If the couple was not invited to the State Dinner , how then was their names called when they entered?

    November 28, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  28. Dolores

    The classic example of "The Ugly American". They should be arrested and fined "Big Time". They must be starved for attention. This kind of behavior should deter anyone from viewing any program they would appear on. So, you say nothing what if it had, would you still think it was OK? It is an insult to the President and the India guest. They are " socialite wannbe's" and should NEVER be included in the Washington elite society. They have trashed their behavior for the future. They are professionals at "party crashing" and the less I see of them in the future, the better. The media just plays into their hands by showing them on the news. Nuf said!

    November 28, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  29. Dolores

    Tiger Woods had an what! There are some people out there that only think the worst about a sports figure who, by the way, does so much good for others. Why do you always assume the worst and make up a stupid story about your "theory" of why the accident happened. Give the guy a break. Bet you would take a "helping hand" from him if it were offered. You need to clean up your mind. I would hate to have you on a jury since it is obvious you have formed an opinion before learning the "facts".

    November 28, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  30. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    I hope that the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee top investigative committee will review the Secret Service security practices after the agency allowed an uninvited couple into the Obama administration first state dinner. Rep. Ed Towns democrat from N.Y. has the correct idea. It is deeply disturbing” that the Secret Service failed to follow basic security protocols into President Barack Obama’s gala for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
    I hope that Towns briefing next week and launch of investigation into the incident and review the Secret Services security practices will answer a lot of questions that the Media have not handle well. This incident compromised the safety and security of the President and undermined our confidence in the protection we expect of the Secret Service. I hope that the Obama administration will also launch a review of Secret Service procedures.

    November 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  31. dob

    Sounds like Tiger had a few to many! His PR machine is in overdrive ( lots of indorsements to protect ). Easy enough to cover-up when you're one of the media's darlings ( social agenda here ). Don't believe me – look at Teddy-boy and the rest of his clan ( manslaughter, rape, and all the "indescrestions") Hey aint our media great!

    November 28, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  32. Dodie

    @ Ted

    Oh ~ Whew ~... you let them. have it! I just love your style. Up front and straight forward!!!

    I completely agree with you. How can you drive down the driveway a matter of less than 20 feet and hit two objects!!! If he was NOT drunk! lol

    If he cannot drive any better than that, they should take away his driver's license. If he was drunk, they should suspend his DL.


    November 28, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  33. C.G.

    TJ – Please say this couple is going to get some sort of punishment. It took alot of balls to do what they did. The secret service admitted wrong and I'm sure a possible job loss there.

    November 28, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  34. Bernard Sutton

    This really bothers me: This Institution is trying to blame President Obama for the mess we are in. All of a sudden everyone has amnesia about the fact that President Obama has only been in office for 10 months and he really didn't have anything to do with this -- . Who could have fixed this -- in 10 months? Bad Economy, 2wars, and No Jobs.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:12 am |