Bloomberg News reports that an unidentified man posing as a member of Congress made it into a secure area backstage during President Obama’s appearance last week at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation awards dinner in Washington, DC.
The man entered the backstage area during or just after Obama’s speech at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center as members of Congress gathered there to have their pictures taken with the president, said the official, who asked for anonymity to discuss the incident, which has not previously been made public.
The unidentified man said he was Representative Donald Payne Jr., a Democrat from New Jersey, the official said. One member of the White House staff determined that the man wasn’t Payne, and another asked him to leave, the official said. He did so without incident and wasn’t detained.
Agency spokesman Brian Leary told Bloomberg that the agency did its job in this case.
“This guy went through security, fully screened,” he said.
I’m sorry but these blunders are leaving the president open to harm. Is that the intent of the Secret Service agents?