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November 26th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
November 26th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

Feds: Couple crashed Obama's state dinner

Washington (CNN) - Two people without invitations crashed President Obama's first White House state dinner, the U.S. Secret Service said Wednesday.

A photo shown on Michaele Salahi's Facebook page shows her, Tareq Salahi and Vice President Joe Biden.

A photo shown on Michaele Salahi's Facebook page shows her, Tareq Salahi and Vice President Joe Biden.

The Secret Service confirmed a Washington Post report that the couple who crashed Tuesday night's dinner were Tareq and Michaele Salahi. The Post described the couple as polo-playing socialites from northern Virginia.

A Secret Service checkpoint "did not follow proper procedures" to determine if the two were on the guest list for the dinner, said Edwin M. Donovan, a Secret Service special agent, in a statement.

Playing down any security threat, Donovan's statement said: "It is important to note that these individuals went through magnetometers and other levels of security, as did all guests attending the dinner."

The incident represents a security breach for the White House at the Obama administration's biggest social event to date. More than 300 guests, including Cabinet members, diplomats and Hollywood celebrities, attended the dinner in honor of visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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