"OMG! So Exciting!!! Irish Eyes are Smiling Together!" was the caption underneath the photograph of Michaele Salahi and Vice President Biden when the White House gatecrasher posted her pictures with the V.P. on her facebook account. She apparently mentioned her Irish roots to the vice president during their brief encounter.
Salahi's maiden name is Holt and her family originally comes from Wicklow in Ireland, according to sources. Joe Biden has Mayo and Cork ancestry. Salahi's mother, Ros Holt has also been interviewed about the controversy and has defended her daughter.
However her Irish connections do not impress Congressman Peter King, who is ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee and a proud Irish American also.
King told The New York Times that he was seeking an immediate congressional investigation “Obviously, somebody dropped the ball,” said King, of Long Island New York. “I mean, you’re talking about the president of the United States and the vice president and a powerful world leader, the prime minister of India.”
“The fact they went through the magnometer is incidental,” he said. “They could have had anthrax on them. They could have grabbed a knife from the dining room table.”
He added, “The next time it will be a far worse reality than a reality TV show.”
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was on the guest list for the gala, was also stunned baffled by the security breakdown.
"I am surprised that anybody could get through the levels of security, because there seemed to be an awful lot of it," he said. "I suspect there's some explaining people are trying to do this morning, and they should."