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Reality TV Invades a Clueless White House

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Posted on November 28 2009 10:00 am
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The Vice President and a party crasher.

Maybe President Barack Obama really didn’t know Van Jones was a 9-11 Truther or Anita Dunn was a Maoist.  After all, at Obama’s first State Dinner, it is clear he and his staff are clueless on the true identity of people in the White House.Tuesday night President Obama hosted his first State Dinner at the White House.  Much of the media coverage has been on who was and wasn’t invited.  NewsReal has reported on many key Republican leaders who weren’t invited to the dinner.  However, the news is now focused on a couple of people that got into the dinner without being invited.

CNN’s Campbell Brown covered the State Dinner by interviewing those who helped break the news.  Stars of a new reality TV show, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, managed to get into the White House State dinner even though they were not on the guest list.  Even worse, the couple (which posted pictures of themselves on Facebook) were seen hugging people like Vice President Joe Biden and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel. People who should not have been allowed in the White House had their arms around our nation’s #2 leader and our President’s right hand man.  The couple also met the President at the event.  Yikes! Thankfully, the couple had no weapons on them, but obviously they could have gotten physical with world leaders if they had been so inclined.

Campbell Brown: “I don’t want to be an alarmist about this..but…a crazy person, who got in uninvited could grab a fork and do something insane.”

This event has alarmed many on the security of the White House. Thankfully this reality show couple had no plans to hurt anyone. The only thing they wanted was to self-promote.  Mission accomplished! Bravo, owned by NBC by the way, reportedly filmed them preparing for the dinner.  And Larry King is going to be interviewing the couple on CNN this Monday.  Also, Michaele Salahi’s Facebook page is covered with a mixture of attacks and congratulations for the publicity stunt.  One guy summed up their success this way:

“The Salahis are happy to announce that Saturday morning they’ll be launching their six-year-old son in an untethered balloon shaped like a space ship.” – Facebook Fan comment

What are we to take away from this event besides another chapter of reality TV shame?  I believe this embarrassing incident finds its greatest importance in its symbolism. It represents an Administration that has consistently proven itself faulty on who has the ear of the President and clueless on the policies presented to the American people.

Obama somehow managed to sit under the spiritual guidance of Reverend Jeremiah Wright for 20 years and never heard the pastor’s incendiary statements about America.  Obama worked alongside ACORN as a community organizer for years and never quite caught on to the illegal activities they were supporting.  Obama gave two of his top staff positions to a 9-11 Truther and a Mao Zedong supporter but acted like he was unaware of their philosophies.

The President’s polices are equally clueless and misguided.  Obama has constantly wavered on how to handle the war on terror. The only thing he has consistently done is stop using the word “terrorism.” Obama has thrown hundreds of billions at a bad economy which has only led to an ever-increasing unemployment rate.  Moreover, the President has bet his entire presidency on passing socialized medicine that he promises won’t raise our debt one dime.  We all see how well that has gone.

Our real concern as citizens should not be focused on what idiots manage to sneak into the White House, but on the clueless incompetence of those who were hired or voted into it.

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