President on Gatecrashers: 'Never Again'

Obama 'unhappy' with everyone involved
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2009 3:21 AM CST
President on Gatecrashers: 'Never Again'
President Barack Obama greets gatecrashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi at a State Dinner he hosted in Washington last month. He had no idea at the time they had crashed the party.   (AP Photo/The White House, Samantha Appleton,File)

President Obama said he was angry about the "screw up" that allowed a couple to crash his state dinner two weeks ago. The president said he was "unhappy with everybody who was involved in the process" because "although I chafe at being in the bubble, I also want to make sure my family is safe. It won't happen again," the president vowed.

Obama was also upset about the media frenzy over the Tareg and Michaele Salahi gatecrashing. "This is a town where people can't just say, 'OK, that was a screw up, and let's fix it.' There has to be two weeks worth of cable chatter about it," the president told 60 Minutes. "I don't think that from a policy perspective, this was the most important thing or even the sixth most important thing that happened this week, although it got the most news."
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