Wednesday, November 25, 2009

India at the White House

It's been really interesting to follow the media coverage of the security breach that occurred last night at the first White House State Dinner of the Obama administration. Two reality-TV wannabes walked through a Secret Service security checkpoint and had their pictures taken with Katie Couric, Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, and the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden. I kid you not. The couple - who are being looked at by a production company for a new Bravo-TV series "The Real Housewives of Washigton, DC" - even posted their pictures on Facebook! The story is dominating the American media tonight, but one is hard pressed to find more than a single mention of this embarrassing diplomatic and security Keystone Kops amateurism in all of the Indian media. What an international embarrassment!
CNN yesterday made a big deal of the fact that Jennifer Hudson would be performing a quartet of "American standards." Ho hum. Of far greater importance was that A. R. Rahman performed (he too was photographed in a joint shoot with the party crashers). For Harold & Kumar fans, our old onscreen stoner buddy Kal Penn was "in the House." Jai Ho!

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