What does everyone think of the uninvited White House guests?Should they be punished legally?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The pressing issue concerning these "guests" seems to have become the security threat.  The fact that this couple was able to move so freely without the slightest of security hindrance, chatting with heads of state and even posing for pictures with the Vice President has been somewhat jarring from a national security point of view.  The reality is that these two people possessed self serving motives in their actions.  While their exact rationale for "crashing" the party is not fully known, it does not seem that there was much in the way of malicious or malevolent intent. Yet, if these people could get so close to members of the executive branch, what is in place to prevent someone who had an ulterior motive from doing the same?  The security issue, in light of human error, has become the largest topic to arise from the two "uninvited" guests.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Assuming that what they did is against the law (even just technicially), then of course they should be punished.  People should be punished when the break the law unless the offense is so trivial as to be overlooked without harm to anyone (say when the police don't stop you for going 67 in a 65 zone.)

But this was no trivial offense in this day and age.  The US has been a target of terrorist attacks as we all know.  As we should all know, so has India, whose PM was the guest of honor at the function they crashed.  People coming uninvited to such an event ought to understand that what they are doing can easily be seen as a threat to the leaders of the two countries.

This wasn't a harmless prank and the people should be punished.

englishteacher72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think it's disturbing that these uninvited guests could sneak into the White House without being caught.  What could have been a downright American tragedy is now a somewhat laughable "Gotcha!" joke, but holy cow!  How scary is it to think of what could have happened to our president, his family, or the other guests?  I do not know how the couple should be punished, but I most definitely think an example should be made of them.  I also hope that this is a wake up call not only to the Secret Service who protect our president, but also to the various levels of national security.  We may think we are protected and safe, but how true is that?

readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are my thoughts. First, this shows us that security is not that great. In fact, it probably shows us that security can never be airtight. There are too many variables and too many things that could go wrong. Second, I think this couple should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, so as to send a message to others who would seek to do similar things for publicity. Too many people want attention. This has to stop. Third, I think they should get no more attention, if that is at all possible.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There isn't much to think, in my opinion.  Obviously this was a flaw in the security system at the White House, and the Secret Service, while certainly they were embarrassed by the episode, reviewed their security procedures and strengthened their screening process because of this. Since the people were not a physical threat in any way, perhaps it was even good that the breach happened.

kerust | Student

How do I feel about the uninvited white house guests? I am in shock and awe! Shock, because it shows a serious problem with the secret service detail of the President; and "awe" because I am fascinated that they had the determination and skill to pull off such a tremendous fete. I do think that since we are officially "at war," the security of the president and his family should be of the highest priority. As for the intruders? They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

krishna-agrawala | Student

I do not know exactly what means were adopted by those uninvited guest to the White House during the dinner hosted in White house during the recent visit of Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh to the USA. If they have used some illegal means such as posing as someone else to gain entry, or forging, or obtaining by some improper means documents to gain entry into the White House, then definitely they have committed an illegal act and must be punished as per provision of law. However, I see nothing illegal, if they just walked in the White House, expecting that they will be allowed to join in as guest for the dinner, and for some reason no one stopped them from entering or attending the dinner party. In this case they may face some other consequences for being uninvited guests, like very uncomfortable questioning by CBI or some other agency investigating the incident, but I do not believe that they can be charged something like trespassing.

mkcapen1 | Student

Had the guests been caught at the appropriate time, the white house guests that are "supposed to have crashed into the party without an invitation," would have been arrested and prosecuted.  However, the public does not always know the full story and at present it is difficult to determine if they should be charged without additional information. In our judicial system a person is presumed innocent until prov guilty. 

One good outcome from the incident has been the alert that it gave the nation and the secret service that our president is not as safe as we had originally believed.  I am relatively sure that this will cause the methods currently used by the secret service to be rethought and tighter security will be put in place.  It is a good thing that it was only a couple who wanted to attend the gala and not a terrorist that attended the party.