White House Staffers Now Posted at Checkpoints for Social Events

The impact of alleged State Dinner-crashers Tariq and Michaele Salahi has resulted in a procedural change for White House social events, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced Wednesday.

Last night was the first of many holiday parties at the White House that will be held over the next several weeks, he said.

And as a response to an internal White House look at procedures post-Gate-Crash-gate -- and criticism that unlike in previous years, no one from the White House social office stood at security checkpoints to help the Secret Service make sure only invitees got in -- White House staffers were at security checkpoints.

Social Secretary Desiree Rogers was invited to testify before Congress on the controversy tomorrow. Gibbs said she would not do so because of the separation of powers.

- jpt

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