Undercover Brother WH Gate Crasher: I’m ‘looking Good’ ‘Yo, it’s Time to Party’
January 12, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Carlos Allen, DC party promoter and suave James Bond White House gate crasher in a tux, appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday, with a daring tale of having to use the bathroom in a luxurious hotel across from the White House. As luck would have it, the Indian delegation was housed there and at that moment, they were going through security procedures preparing to make their way to the state dinner. And Carlos Allen, mover and shaker, undercover brother and secret squirrel, was looking mighty fine in his tux and he saw his chance to blend into the delegation and grab a coveted seat at a White House state dinner. “Yo, it’s Time to Party,” said Allen to himself as he entered the White House.
Carlos Allen, 39, runs an “exclusive and luxurious” private club, called HUSH Society, offering members “unparalleled access to elite movers and shakers.” But Allen’s party house in DC’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood is viewed more as a nuisance, by his neighbors. And Allen loves to display numerous photos of himself standing alongside famous people on his Facebook wall and the HUSH Society’s website.
After successfully crashing the state dinner in November honoring Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Allen quickly posted photos from the event on his Facebook, but quickly took them down when he saw the heap of legal trouble about to crash down on the infamous fame-hungry White House crashers, Tareq and Michaele Salahi.
When Allen was identified as a third gate crasher, he at first denied it. He told Politico point blank: “I did not attend the state dinner.” Allen later admitted through his lawyer that he did indeed attend the state dinner and he said that he received an invitation in the mail. Allen said that he was cooperating with the Secret Service. However, the Secret Service has described Allen, as an individual “not on the White House guest list.”
On “Good Morning America” Allen briefly showed his “invitation,” but it’s believed to be a dinner program he obtained from the event. In any event, Allen’s lawyer has his back. Even if his client did not have an invitation said attorney A. Scott Bolden, once Allen was welcomed into the White House and seated at dinner, he was transformed from criminal trespasser to “an invitee of the White House.”
Allen asked a White House staffer where he should sit and “the White House staffer showed him to that seat. Doesn’t sound like Carlos Allen is a criminal trespasser. Sounds like he’s an invitee,” said Bolden.
When asked, Why did he seem to peer around in a video of his White House entrance? Nervous? “I was not scared, I was excited,” he told Roberts. “I turned around, looked around, said, ‘Yo, it’s time to party.’ ”
Allen described his good luck when he stopped at the Willard Hotel to use the bathroom:
“I went to the bar area to see if anyone was there I knew — I know a lot of people in D.C.,” he told ABC’s Robin Roberts (yes, the same anchor he ended up sitting with at the dinner). “Everyone was looking good. I was looking good. . . . They said, ‘Oh, it’s time to go to the White House.’ ” So he got in line, he said. “I went up to the actual Secret Service individual. . . . He wanded me, he didn’t ask for anything else.”
Allen was then driven to the White House in a State Department van along with a prominent group of business leaders and diplomats. Once dropped off at the White house, Allen was in like Flint. He didn’t have to be processed through the additional White House checkpoints.
Although Allen’s tall mover and shaker tales are certainly entertaining, they do expose a White House security breach a mile wide, at both the State Department and Secret Service levels.
Meanwhile, if Allen can avoid staying out of legal hot water for his gate crashing stunt, he will be busy using his 15 minutes of fame to obtain even greater access to the elite movers and shakers of Washington. Maybe there is even a reality TV show in Allen’s future.
See the Washington Post for more.