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A Secret Service agent stands near Air Force One awaiting the return of President Barack Obama in Jacksonville, Fla., Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. (AP)
A Secret Service agent stands near Air Force One awaiting the return of President Barack Obama in Jacksonville, Fla., Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. (AP)

Instead, the now famous/infamous couple, the Salahis, just waltzed in uninvited, hobnobbed with the President of the United States, threw arms around the Vice President, and sauntered into the spotlight.

The aftermath of the White House party crashers’ state dinner debut has thrown a harsh spotlight on the Secret Service and security around Barack Obama.

This hour, On Point: the Salahi saga, and who’s protecting the president.

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Joining us from Washington is Roxanne Roberts, Style writer for The Washington Post and co-author, with Amy Argetsinger, of the Post’s Reliable Source column. She has been closely following the White House state dinner security breach since she broke the story, after recognizing the couple at the state dinner and attempting to notify White House staffers.

Also from Washington, we're joined by Ronald Kessler, author of "In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents they Protect." He's chief Washington correspondent for the news and commentary blog Newsmax.com. He attended yesterday’s House Homeland Security Committee hearing that addressed the White House security breach.

This program aired on December 4, 2009.

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