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Big new Salahi news: Crashers, Pentagon aide, corresponded about dinner

Big new news tonight on the Salahi front, from our colleagues Michael Shear and Jason Horowitz: The horse-country socialites corresponded with a top Pentagon aide in an effort to snag an invite to the White House state dinner. The official denies helping them in any way -- but Tareq and Michaele have turned over copies of their e-mails with Michele S. Jones to the Secret Service.


Go read that one first. That's the serious stuff. Have you read it yet? Okay, now you can have your dessert.

On a lighter note: Scooped by Dan Steinberg! Our Sports Bog colleague dug up his 2007 video dispatch from the America's Polo Cup -- yes, Tareq Salahi's organization -- and recalls crazy good times hanging out with an exuberant Michaele (who kept shouting at the crowd, "Hi, beautiful people!").

By The Reliable Source  |  November 30, 2009; 5:49 PM ET
Categories:  White House crashers  
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Polo as Olympic event

Posted by: gpoi | November 30, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

If the information in this article from NBC is true then the event at the WH seems like nothing more than a giant publicity stunt which Bravo had to have had prior knowledge of. Should this prove to be the case there should be severe repercussions for the production company, Half Moon, and Bravo.

Posted by: Ebola_22039 | November 30, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

This couple really is toxic.

I can't help it -- I find con artists fascinating. Especially when they believe their own con.

This is a scenario I imagine re Michelle Jones: They meet at some sort of charity event (say, for injured soldiers). Salahis tell Jones they'd like to put on an event for the charity at their winery and they exchange email addresses.

No further contact until Salahis remember they met someone at the White House & ask her for help getting an in.

(so far not that different than many people in this town the last few months.)

Jones is honest in her email exchanges with them, believing she's dealing with serious people. (Don't know if she really tried or was too polite to brush them off completely.)

On the night? Possibilities: (a) they knew they didn't really have "clearance," but thought they'd at least have the day of pampering & shooting then be filmed walking toward the gate. No souvenir pix they could explain by saying no cameras were allowed inside.

(b) They actually had conned themselves into believing they had "clearance."

I wonder how recent the email exchanges were. Maybe something else allowed them to believe they could go & they didn't even think about the Jones emails until days afterwards.

Or... something.

I feel sorry for Jones.

Posted by: dadada | December 1, 2009 5:32 AM | Report abuse

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