The Salahis doth protest too much
Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the couple accused of committing a brazen security breach at the White House, took to NBC's "Today" Show this morning to defend their "honor" and get us to feel their pain. They failed on both fronts.
"It’s been devastating what’s happened to Michaele and I," Tareq told Matt Lauer. "Our lives have really been destroyed." Echoing her polo-playing husband, Michaele said, "Everything we worked for -- for me, 44 years -- just destroyed." Pardon me while a wipe away a tear. Folks who seek the limelight and want the world to see how fabulous they (think they) are shouldn't complain when it casts them in a harshly negative light.
As for everything they've worked for, Lord only knows what that might be. Perhaps she was referring to their big moment in the sun as one of the couples on the "Real Housewives of D.C." Cameras from the Bravo channel's popular human train-wreck franchise have been following the Salahis for a while now, but they haven't officially been chosen for the series.
Taking umbrage at being called a "party crasher," Michaele said, "We were invited, not crashers, and there isn’t anyone who would have the audacity or the poor behavior to do that." She added, "No one would do that, and certainly not us." But when pressed by Lauer to say who did invite them, Tareq fell back on a variation of a familiar talking point: "One of the things that we're doing is we're working the secret service. We want to get through that process. We've been very candid with them and getting documentation to them."
Could the documentation be e-mails between the Salahis and Michele S. Jones, special assistant to the secretary of defense? Jones has insisted she made it clear to them that she didn't have the authority to grant them access. So who gave the Salahis the impression that they were invited to the state dinner with the prime minister of India?
I've been to a state dinner. You never forget the day that thick envelope from the White House arrives. You keep the invitation for the rest of your life and show it to your nearest and dearest. Nothing would have made the reality-TV crowd happier than to see the calligraphy, the gold embossed eagle and "The President and Mrs. Obama request the pleasure of your company...." The Salahis haven't produced an invitation. And until they publicly produce an e-mail or a voice mail requesting that they send their full name, date of birth and Social Security Number to a specific person in the White House before their arrival, they better get used to their self-inflicted destruction.
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