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Live from New York, it's Salahi Night Live!

No, it wasn't really the Salahis.

But as expected/hoped/dreaded, Saturday Night Live did kick off tonight's episode with a riff on NoVa's own fauxialite White House crashers - this time crashing a presidential press conference.

The set-up: President Obama (Fred Armisen, as usual) giving a speech in Allentown, Penn., about the economy. Just as he says how he's "grateful for the chance to get away form Washington and its many distractions," who should sidle in from the wings but Tareq and Michaele Salahi - or rather, SNL regulars Bobby Moynihan and Kristen Wiig, in tuxedo and familiar red sari. Their bit continues in very funny pantomime behind an unwitting president as he continues to give his speech. The SNLalahis strike poses; he takes a photo of her leaning on POTUS; the Secret Service tries to stop them; they end up posing for photos with the agents. Cameo by SNL's Jason Sudeikis as a happy-to-pose-with-ya Joe Biden.

The skit unfolded just as our colleague Lisa de Moraes told you Friday it would. And truly, how could SNL resist a Salahi sketch? The only question really was whether the Salahis themselves would show up on set - a rumor that started to fly in recent days and which de Moraes noted wouldn't have been the craziest thing to happen, what with the couple making their one press appearance this week on the same network, for NBC's "Today." As she wrote: "The Salahis are practically a part of the NBC Universal family, what with them being the most visible 'possible' participants in the upcoming "Real Housewives of DC" on NBC Universal-owned Bravo cable network." But no such luck - unless they turn up on Weekend Update? Watching... waiting...

UPDATED 12:25 a.m.
No luck -- no Salahis. Just one joke from Seth Meyers, who notes that on "Today," the couple "said the ensuing media firestorm has destroyed everything they've worked for. But then they remembered: They've never worked for anything."

By The Reliable Source  |  December 6, 2009; 12:09 AM ET
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I wonder who'll end up taking them to the White House Correspondents Dinner.

And if there'll be bidding war for the privilege.

Posted by: dadada | December 6, 2009 4:00 AM | Report abuse

Just one joke from Seth Meyers, who notes that on "Today," the couple "said the ensuing media firestorm has destroyed everything they've worked for. But then they remembered: They've never worked for anything."


Not true. They've worked to wrest control of Tareq's parents winery from his parents, to create a fake Polo charity, and for Michaele to become a fake ex-Redskins cheerleader.

If they had worked as hard at real jobs, they might have accomplished something.

Posted by: postfan1 | December 6, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

As one poster has mentioned multiple times it is NOT a sari, but then I really don't think that anyone cares.

Posted by: Ebola_22039 | December 6, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

now can the US Attorney charge them and make them part of a real life show instead of a Bravo wannabe show how will they do in federal detention. I bet they don't do as well as Martha Stewart did, who was charged with a similar mistake "lying to a federal offical" they should both get the same as Martha 5 months in a minimum security federal center and then 5 months of house arrest, fairs fair

Posted by: mikey30919 | December 6, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I hope the government doesn't waste resources prosecuting these people. They committed a stunt, and it backfired, and they got much more publicity than they wanted and all negative. The White House learned valuable lessons about its security procedures. Let's move on.

Posted by: pundito | December 6, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I think it was yesterday or Friday that I read that "the Donald" was peeved because she was claiming to be a former Miss USA. Gotta luv it!

Posted by: | December 6, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

In a free country, being lampooned on SNL is an appropriate punishment for schmoozing your way into a state dinner. Getting thrown in jail is NOT.

There are countries where it is a jailable offense to embarrass the president or the secret police. America is not one of those countries. Yet.

Posted by: DupontJay | December 6, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

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