On Larry King, another weird interview with third White House crasher Carlos Allen
Some of you are tired of reading about White House dinner crashers. This is for the rest of you.
Alleged third crasher Carlos Allen taped a segment for CNN's "Larry King Live" ten days ago, but it got preempted by Haiti earthquake coverage and only just ran Thursday night.
It's a classic in the burgeoning genre of bizarre state-dinner crasher interviews. We give Larry King props for chipping away at the question of Carlos's dubious-looking invitation much more doggedly than Carlos's fellow dinner guest Robin Roberts when she interviewed him for Good Morning America early last week.
Larry: "Doesn't say the time, and it doesn't say -- where's the date? How can you get an invitation without a time and date?"
Carlos: "It does have the date on there.
Larry: "Where? I don't see it."
Carlos: "The date's there."
Larry: [Pause.] "Where? There is no date there."
Carlos: "It's cut off."
Larry: "Your name's not on there."
And so on. Larry showed his CNN colleague Sanjay Gupta's much more elaborate real-and-actual invitation.
Larry: "Where's yours?"
Carlos: "I didn't get that."
Larry: "Well you didn't get invited."
(Though after that bravura performance, Larry lapsed back into his trademark I-didn't-read-the-notes-on-this-guy-before-the-interview mode. "How'd they stop you from going in?" he asked. Duh, Larry, remember, he's the White House dinner crasher, not the guy who didn't crash the dinner! "They let me in," said Carlos.)
Also of note: Carlos cut way back on his nervous-tic word "actual."
The Reliable Source
January 22, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
Categories: White House crashers
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