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How did the Salahis meet Oprah? And other recent revelations

The Salahis pose with Oprah Winfrey in a photo from their Facebook page. (Screengrab from Facebook)

You'll be shocked to learn that Tareq and Michaele Salahi are not best friends of Oprah Winfrey, despite that cozy photo on their Facebook page.

"She doesn't know them," a rep from Harpo told us Thursday.

So how did they end up backstage for Oprah's inauguration special? The Salahis got seats for the Jan. 19 taping at the Kennedy Center through CBS Distribution, a syndication arm of the network. A friend of Michaele's told us that he ran into the couple after the show and watched as she approached gospel star BeBe Winans, who was also in the audience. Winans was able to take a large group through to the stage door and in to meet Oprah.

(The talk-show host was at the White House on Thursday taping a Christmas special with the Obamas.)

And expect more Salahi sightings. Cast of Thousands, a local company that provides political impersonators for parties and other events, just added "Gate Crashers" to its "Welcome to Washington" cast. "As soon as it happened, I thought, 'Perfect characters! That would add so much fun,'." said owner Jan Kearney.

Now she's got a tall blonde in a red sari and a guy in a tux ready for the next corporate gig. Says Kearney: "Our latest marketing slogan: 'Is Your Event Worth Crashing?' "

Actors from Cast of Thousands play President Obama and Secret Service agents at an event earlier this year. (Courtesy of Cast of Thousands)

By The Reliable Source  |  December 4, 2009; 1:04 AM ET
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How did the Salahis meet Oprah? Photoshop. That picture looks fake to me. Were is Oprah's right arm? Extending between the couple?

Posted by: boycemaness | December 4, 2009 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Please keep up the good work documenting the Salahis' trashy, crashy lives. They insulted America with their behavior, and they deserve full exposure of every witless detail in their pseudo-lives.

This is the only story these days to give us any pleasure -- the destruction of this particular pair of grifters.

Posted by: Casey1 | December 4, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Great reporting .....Very entertaining. You gals may be in the running for a Pulitzer!

The Salahis are giving Front Royal a bad name!

Posted by: | December 4, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Having used "Cast of Thousands", I can tell you that they are a wonderful company to worh with. However, thay are forgetting the most obvious couple to cast: The Salahis themselves! They need the money, they know how to play the parts and everyone will think they are lookalikes!

Posted by: carolineC1 | December 4, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I think the Salahi's on Facebook have pictures of them crashing Jesus and the 12 Disciples' Last Supper.

Posted by: pdogglimhotmailcom | December 4, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

"I think the Salahi's on Facebook have pictures of them crashing Jesus and the 12 Disciples' Last Supper."
Posted by: pdogglimhotmailcom

Da Vince caught these crashers in his painting of the Last Supper. That's them sitting to the right of Jesus, Tariq sporting a beard, Michaela in a red robe (does she only have that one dress?). Always thought that person sitting next to Jesus looked like a woman. These people get into every event!

And Roxy/Amy, if you want more pics check out old copies of the Washington Life magazine. You'll find them, Machaela under her maiden name, with that same tilted-head pose.

Posted by: Fate1 | December 4, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

25,000 people will starve to death in the world today. If the Salahis are looking for a constructive way to use their considerable energy and creativity (and fill their obviously empty and shallow lives), that's a good cause for them -- not that anyone will ever trust them as partners.

Posted by: cthehill | December 4, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

While cthehill makes a good point, I can pretty much guarantee that the Salahis are not looking for a constructive way to use their energy and creativity. They seem perfectly content to spend their time coming up with ways to meet celebrities and make themselves seem more important than they are. I believe that what's so riveting about them is that DC is full of less brazen versions of them--everyone in this town tries to make him- or herself sound more powerful, more influential, more important. We're fascinated by them because we see a part of ourselves in them and if it's a part we don't particularly like, we can still point to them and say at least we're not like them.

Or maybe not. What do I know, I'm just special assistant to the third undersecretary for the chairman of the sub-committee on blahblahblah.

Posted by: Wikijen | December 4, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

They come up to people or behind them and have someone take their picture. Most of their pictures are done that way if you look closely or not so closey. People don't say "get away from me I don't know you and don't want to take a picture with you..." they just go along but very few of the pictures look like anything other interloper pictures.

Posted by: rlj1 | December 4, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

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