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Salahis invited to Vegas as nightclub 'hosts'

Tareq and Michaele Salahi, center, will host a party at Las Vegas's Pure Nightclub, a venue previously graced by luminaries like Kevin Federline -- left, at his birthday party in March 2008 -- and Paris Hilton, right, performing at the club's Pussycat Doll Lounge. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken; Reuters/Robert Devaney; AP Photo/Chris Weeks)

No more party-crashing for Tareq and Michaele Salahi! At a high-end Las Vegas nightclub next week, they're not only on the list, they're the official "hosts."

Pure nightclub announced that the original uninvited White House guests will be the featured draw at the cavernous Vegas Strip hot spot on Jan. 16.

"We go after entertainers or acts that really capture the public's imagination, and we think the Salahis have," said Michael Gilmartin, PR director for three Vegas clubs under the Pure Management Group. "We threw out an invitation, and they accepted."

Mind you, in nightclub-speak, "hosting" doesn't mean "footing the bill." Clubs hire celebs of various caliber to show up on a given night to draw the crowds -- and yes, it's a paid gig. Gilmartin wouldn't tell us how much. ("It's proprietary.")

Whatever the sum, it should be a nice distraction for the Northern Virginia horse-country couple, who have largely been lying low since their unexpected appearance at the Nov. 24 state dinner, besieged by congressional subpoenas, ongoing state and federal investigations, and complaints of unpaid debts from across the region.

Hosting duties basically involve, well, showing up, having drinks and greeting the fans who want to get in their airspace. Pure had 50 Cent "host" on New Year's Eve; other hosts coming up include R&B star Jeremih, reality-TV villains Spencer and Heidi, and "Penthouse Pet Taylor Vixen." So, the Salahis fit in ... where, exactly?

You'd be surprised, Gilmartin told us. Another of Pure's clubs recently showcased Tonya Harding and Emmanuel Lewis. Huge success, he said. "They were on TMZ!"

So why the Salahis? "The Salahis met President Obama," he said, "and you can come to Pure and meet the Salahis. Everyone gets their 15 minutes, and people want to come to the club and rub up against that. They'll go home and put it up on Facebook: 'I got my picture with the Salahis!'"

And just like at the White House, there will be a red carpet -- this time specially for the Salahis "so they'll get their moment," he said. "Hopefully no one crashes their carpet."

By The Reliable Source  |  January 7, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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Rewarding the wrong behavior? I wonder how many of The President of the United States: Barack Obama supporters, staff members and friends will be there Mr Michael Gilmartin? I suspect this news is not going to make Ms Desiree Rogers a very happy camper.

Only in America! Land of Opportunity.

I wonder if they will allow people with rotten tomatoes in that venue, you know, like they use to do in the vaudeville stage act days of yester year? Not suggesting anything, just asking.

Posted by: Loviedarling | January 6, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, if anyone is trying to serve the Salahi's with a subpoena you will know where to find them on the 16th. That would be something to see.

Posted by: Ebola_22039 | January 6, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Will someone in Washington PLEASSSSSE put these criminals in JAIL for disrespecting are President and the American People. I can't believe these two low-life phonies are now getting paid by "PURE EXECUTIVES" (how low can you go PURE) for their disgusting behavior. The Salahi's have snub their nose at everyone they owe money, Homeland Security Panel that is investigating them and the President. People reading the story all over the world are probably saying the American people don't respect their President...why should we. ONLY IN AMERICA

Posted by: moreangie | January 7, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

"people want to come to the club and rub up against that"

Uh, no thank you.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | January 7, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Keeping in mind Stephen King's "The Stand", I suppose there is no better place on this earth for the Salahis [short of jail] than Las Vegas.

Now please pardon me while I gag.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | January 7, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

These people should be in jail. We only encourage more people to act like the Salahis when we give validation to their unmitigated gall rather then ignoring them.

Posted by: drdmarie | January 7, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Proving once again that a person is known by the company they keep...

Posted by: ehsmith1 | January 7, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Ok, all I have to say is, Whoopee Doo..for their little "15 minutes" in Las Vegas. I feel they should still be prosecuted for "getting into "our" White House, uninvited..period..they should be ashamed of themselves for doing this...

Posted by: karen421 | January 7, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

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