November 26th, 2009

Secret Service

Couple slips though Secret Service to crash WH State Dinner

Another ObamaNation WTF moment

White House Party Crasher with Moron in Chief

Crashing a state dinner at the White House apparently takes a security breakdown as well as some kind of nerve.The Secret Service is looking into its own security procedures after determining that a Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, managed to slip into Tuesday night's state dinner at the White House even though they were not on the guest list, agency spokesman Ed Donovan said.

Donovan confirmed the identities of the couple. The Washington Post, which first reported on their evening out, said the Salahis were well-known in the Virginia horse-country set and were being considered for the Bravo reality TV show "Real Housewives of D.C."

In an interview with the "CBS Early Show" in September, Michaele Salahi said, "President Obama has made it very accessible for anyone to visit the White House, so that's like a big thing right now."

Stay tuned for updates, this is going to get real good. My guess is that the cancer known as "political correctness", which always trumps security considerations in the Obamanation, will be front and center of this debacle.

God Bless America

Happy Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving in North America was in 1621. No, I wasn't there! But I read that after a rich harvest, the men, women and children who had survived the first year in the New World gathered for a feast to offer thanks.

One of the pilgrims wrote at the time: "By the goodness of God, we are so far from want."

The menu for that first Thanksgiving had some surprises. It was not turkey and pumpkin pie. Historians say they probably ate fowl and venison. The pilgrims didn't have forks, they used spoons. More likely, they ate with their hands. They didn't have much sugar, so deserts, including pumpkin pie were not on the menu.

Whatever it may have involved, that meal left us with an enduring tradition: a gathering around a table, giving thanks for surviving in an uncertain and difficult new place.

A few years ago, the Unitarian minister Peter Fleck suggested we look at Thanksgiving differently. Maybe, he wrote, the pilgrims weren't thankful because they had survived. But maybe they had survived...because they were thankful. These were people who lived their lives in wonder and hope, grateful for everything, the hard winds and deep snows...the frightening evenings and hopeful mornings ...the long journey that had taken them to a new place. They knew how to express gratitude.

Maybe that spirit can teach us something, as we endure our own hard winds and deep snows - the storms of our own lives and that of our beloved nation, especially now. So as Reverend Fleck so beautifully put it, maybe the pilgrims weren't thankful because they survived.

Maybe they survived because they were thankful.