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The Reliable Source Persons of the Year

Michaele and Tareq Salahi at the White House on the evening of the first Obama state dinner. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

  • Heck, the only way Tareq and Michaele Salahi could have missed being our Persons of the Year was if we'd made them Persons of the Decade instead. No disrespect to some of our column's 2009 favorites (Alex Ovechkin, Tara Wheeler, Levi Johnston). But the Salahis took what could have been an enjoyably seedy little horse-country melodrama and catapulted it into the gossip stratosphere with one fateful night at the White House that exposed the dark secrets of our decade's major growth industries: national security and reality television. You hated us for making you want to read about them, and still you kept begging for more. Will they get prosecuted? Will they get a TV show? Too many questions that will have to wait till 2010.

  • By The Reliable Source  |  December 24, 2009; 1:00 AM ET
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    I have had the pleasure of being great friends with Michaele and Tareq for a few years now and have stood by them through this entire ordeal. I know that they both have hearts of gold and none of this press has changed my outlook on that. I wish them and their families a blessed Christmas and that the new year provides a clean slate for them. Love you guys- oxoxox L

    Posted by: goodfriend1 | December 24, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

    Wonder when whatshername will post photos of her new set of
    Wicker pots n pans she received as the Christmas grift from her
    periannal deliquent of a husband?

    Posted by: Loviedarling | December 24, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

    The Salahis love to bully newspapers! On the list so far: The Fauquier Times-Democrat and the Washington Examiner:

    Posted by: Craig_Colgan | December 25, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

    You know who I feel most sorry for here?

    Levi Johnston.

    He was doing so well & then these two megastars make a late-year appearance and he's pipped at the post.

    I guess that's the way the celebrity crumbles.

    Posted by: dadada | December 28, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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