*”We meet again,” began “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts in her Monday interview with the third discovered White House State Dinner crasher Carlos Allen, who just so happened to be seated at Roberts’ table that night.
The DC-based party planner, who entered the event mixed in with the Indian delegation, showed an invitation that he claimed to have received from the White House. Yet when pressed by Roberts to produce anything with his name on it, he couldn’t — not an envelope addressed to him, nor a table assignment card.
After failing to gain entry at two separate White House gates, Allen said he was finally told at one of the two entrances that security was not letting in guests at the moment, so he decided to wait for entry at the Hotel Willard nearby.
“I started seeing a lot of people in the hallway. As I was looking around, everyone was looking good,” he said. “They said, ‘It’s time to go to the White House.’ So I got in line with everybody else. I basically had my invite. … I went up to the Secret Service individual. He basically wanded me. He checked to make sure that I had nothing wrong … and I basically walked in.”
As for removing all of the photos he took from his Web site and social networking sites, he said he didn’t want to be caught up in the “frenzy” surrounding Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the original two White House party crashers.
“Their faces were everywhere,” he said of the couple, ” and my focus was to do good things. … I didn’t want to embarrass anyone. I did not want to embarrass my president.”