The White House Social Office is changing its guest list procedures and has begun staffing security checkpoints for social events. White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters at Wednesday's briefing that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina conducted a review of the State Dinner procedures and decided additional staff would be present to assist the Secret Service if needed. Gibbs said, "last night was the first of many holiday parties...We had staff at the security checkpoint to ensure that if there was any confusion about lists those would be double-checked with somebody representing the Social Office."
Over 50,000 visitors will visit the White House during this holiday season. Many of those will be guests at private parties hosted by the President and First Lady. They will be greeted by the new security procedures.