News of a third White House State Dinner crasher, allegedly transported
to the event in a State Department van with the Indian delegation, is
being greeted with markedly less amusement than was the original Salahi incident
. While the hubbub around the Salahis still lingers, the half-gleeful tone is mingled with more earnest concerns.
- 'Pretty Damn Embarrassing,' pronounces New York Magazine's Adam Raymond.
- Not So Funny Anymore After the Flight 253 bomber, argues Glynnis MacNicol at Mediaite, "the news that there was likely a third party crasher, which might have
made for a fun (ish) follow-up headline just a short month or so ago,
is actually not that funny. Or at all funny."
- Worrisome Time's Amy Sullivan
thinks "the fact that the
uninvited guests passed through metal detectors is only mildly
reassuring in the post-24 era. We've seen Jack Bauer," she points out,
"kill or maim
countless baddies with whatever object happened to be close at hand. At
some point, this stops looking like a few hiccups on opening night and
more like a serious security breakdown."
- State and Salahis While the State Department, Salon's Alex Koppelman
reports, "is getting blamed for the security lapse ... there are still
going to be questions about how tight security at the White House
really is--and, unfortunately, this probably means even more stories
about he Salahis, whose 15 minutes really should have been up by now."
- White House Is a Happening Place "It's official," declares Adrian Chen for Gawker, where humor stops for no story: "Our President's home is totally the new 'it' D.C. nightlife
destination. 132 rooms of PURE PARTY PARTY PARTY. Who's going to do the
first Yelp review?"
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