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Are you sure it's the Secret Service who is entirely to blame for the crashers?

The White House staff member whose job was to supervise the guest list for state dinners and clear invitees into the events says she was stripped of most of her responsibilities earlier this year, prompting her to resign last June.

The account of Cathy Hargraves, who formerly served as White House “assistant for arrangements,” raises new questions about whether changes that she says were made by President Obama’s social secretary, Desiree Rogers, may have contributed to the security lapses that permitted Virginia socialites Michele and Tareq Salahi to crash the state dinner for India’s prime minister last week and get themselves photographed with the president.

 
grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 8:47 AM on Nov. 30, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • the SS has had these safety protocols in place for decades! Unless Obama issued some order telling them to re-vamp those procedures

    He did. He told them to quit working with the Social Office who is normally in charge of co-ordinating the screening and who is on the list. THAT is the change Obama's office made, via the social secretary he appointed. It's like he told a surgical team to quit using the anesthesiologists and just administer it themselves, and now it's all gone to hell because the patient woke up half way through.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:05 PM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Hargraves tells Declassified in an exclusive interview that, while she had originally been hired as a White House political appointee in 2001, she landed a new position on the White House residence staff in 2006 and was specifically detailed to the social office to work on state dinners.


    Her job duties included overseeing the invitations for guests at state dinners and keeping track of RSVPs, she says. On the evening of state dinners, she says, she physically stood at the East Gate portico entrance and greeted each of the guests as they arrived, checking their names off a computerized printout of those who had been invited.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:48 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • But when she met with Rogers last February and went over her job responsibilities, she says, the new social secretary told her, “We don’t feel we have a need for that anymore.” Rogers’s explanation, according to Hargraves: “In these economic times, I don’t think we’re going to have very many lavish expensive dinners. It wouldn’t look very good.”


    ~What say you???  Should the WH Social Secretary be held accountable also?

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:49 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • If you recall..


    The social office is most knowledgeable about the guest list and could have been called in case of any uncertainty, this official said…White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, asked by The Associated Press on Thursday whether personnel from her office were at the checkpoint said, “We were not.”

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:51 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • So, while Congress is focusing on the Secret Service, are they merely a scapegoat?

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:53 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Doesn't realy matter, Secret service is responsible for the safety of the president, and his family...and for that matter all that were in attendance

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:58 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Doesn't realy matter, Secret service is responsible for the safety of the president, and his family...and for that matter all that were in attendance


    So, I guess Bush just managed social affairs at the White House better more efficiency having the Social Office and the Secret Service communicating and working together.. Gotcha.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:59 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Maybe we should all crash the next event.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:03 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Obviously this administration is not interested in that whole "checks and balances" thingy (in ANY aspect)!!! They sure do know how to party though!!! LOL :o)
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:05 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Maybe we should all crash the next event.


    They DID say it was the "Peoples House" ;o)

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:06 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

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