The Salahis head for the Hill
"This was not a hearing looking for information. This was an opportunity for a public flogging." -Stephen Best, attorney for Tareq and Michaela Salahi.
Actually, the House Homeland Security Committee's hearing today on the Salahis' crashing of the Nov. 24 state dinner for the prime minister of India was both. And pardon me for lacking sympathy for all they suffered today. Their so-called public flogging was deserved, as their behavior demonstrated.
According to NBC's Andy Gross, "The Salahis 'respectfully declined' to answer questions...at least 32 times." It got so comical that Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) asked, "Did you wear a tuxedo? Did you go to the White House? Are you here today? Are you gonna ask your attorney for an answer to that?"
While they were mute on the Hill today, they were downright chatty with the Loudoun Times Mirror. Tareq Salahi blamed D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) for their clamming up today and he said they plan to sue The Post, which broke the party crash story, for libel. "Not since the 1950s has Congress held hearings of such a historic nature," Tareq Salahi told the LTM.
But here's the upside of having high self-regard, a sense of place and history and the knowledge that their date with destiny would be recorded for all time: they looked fabulous.
| January 20, 2010; 2:56 PM ET
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