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Chicagoans at Obama White House Christmas party; tighter security checkpoints

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WASHINGTON--A contingent of Illinois political officials and activists with ties to President Obama and wife Michelle attended a holiday party at the White House on Thursday, featuring new, tighter security measures installed after wannabe reality TV show stars crashed a Nov. 24 state dinner.

One of my spies told me that White House staffers sat at tables at the entry gate checking off guests as they arrived; in all ID's had to be shown at three checkpoints before guests enterred the East Wing and passed through the magnetometer. This triple checking comes after Michaele and Tareq Salahi sailed past checkpoints and were able to enter the White House even through they were not on any guest list. A House committee on Thursday held a hearing on the security breach.

The holiday party food: shrimp, roast beef, turkey, smoked salmon, shrimp. Choirs, I am told, were singing in the different rooms of the White House.

Obama briefly spoke. No photo line. Chicago Obama staffers White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, FLOTUS Chief of Staff Susan Sher; Public engagement chief Tina Tchen were seen at the party.

The Illinoisans at the Obama party included:

OFFICIALS
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton
Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie
Illinois State Sen. Iris Martinez
Illinois State Sen. Terry Link
Former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones mentor to then state Sen. Barack Obama
Former Illinois State Rep. Robin Kelly, chief of staff for Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and state treasurer hopeful.
Cook County Clerk David Orr
Cook County Board Member Forrest Claypool
Illinois State Rep. Art Turner
llinois State Board of Education Chair Jesse Ruiz
Chicago Ald. Toni Preckwinkle

LABOR
Dennis Gannon, CFL
Tom Balanoff, SEIU
Henry Tamarin, UNITE
Ron Powell UFCW


POLITICAL ACTIVISTS
David Wilhelm
Michael Bauer
Roger Simon
Judy Gaynor
Susan and Lewis Manilow
Abner and Zoe Mikva

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THANKS TO THE GATE CRASHERS, THESE MEASURES MUST BE TAKEN, THEY CAME TO SAY THEY GOT IN, BUT SOME WILL COME THINKING THEY CAN CAUSE TROUBLE, SO THESE MEASURES MUST BE TAKEN!
REALITY SHOWS HAVE GIVEN SOME CONFIDENCE TO DO STUPID THINGS, AND THE GATE CRASHERS WILL LEARN A VALUABLE LESSON FROM THIS, THE LESSON IS IF YOU AREN'T INVITED DON'T COME TO THE AFFAIR, IF I HAD DONE SOMETHING LIKE THIS, I WOULD BE IN A JAIL CELL RIGHT NOW, THE GATE CRASHERS MAY END OF THERE SOONER OR LATER, BUT THEY WILL NEVER GO BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT AN INVITATION EVER AGAIN!
PLEASE TELL PETER KING, THE PROBLEM IS WITH THE GATE CRASHERS NOT THE SECRET SERVICE!

The problem is not only with the gate crashers but the prima donna social sec. Desiree Rogers who was not doing her job. She was too good to work that night to check people coming in and she had "relieved" the former door checker of her duties. It was not the fault of the Secret Service. SOMEONE HAD TO TELL THEM TO LET THE CRASHERS IN ---- I would suspect Mz Rogers - which is why Obama's are keeping her from appearing in front of Congress.

how do i get ivired to a christmas party at the white house

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