Salahis host at Las Vegas nightclub Pure, and yes, it was weird
As Tareq and Michaele Salahi prepared to cash in on their infamy for the first time Saturday, as paid VIP "hosts" at Las Vegas's Pure nightclub, the big question was: Who exactly was going to come out to see them?
It turned out to be an odd mix of friends (lending their support), detractors (booing their speeches), and reporters (of course), reports our colleague Nancy Trejos. But also a lot of clubgoers out for a regular Saturday night, with no idea -- nor much interest -- they were in the presence of the White House gatecrashers.
No matter: The Northern Virginia socialites held court like bona fide celebrities. Arriving shortly after midnight -- he in a white suit, she in a short black dress -- they posed for photos and shook hands with partygoers in the VIP lounge of the Caesar Palace nightspot.
They smiled confidently even as some clubgoers booed when Tareq took the microphone.
"Michaele and I have waived our fee to be here tonight, and we would love for you to support all the victims of Haiti," he said. "Let's shout for the people of Haiti and the victims. Let's shout for their support." Some of the boos turned to shouts.
Then he handed his wife the microphone. "We love you!" she said. And then the DJ hit the button on the Black Eyed Peas party anthem "I Gotta Feeling."
Did he mean "donate" their fee (reportedly $5,000) instead of "waive"? If so, to whom? A club rep told Trejos he had no idea. The Salahis are scheduled to appear Wednesday before a congressional committee investigating the White House breach. They've already announced they'll plead the Fifth.
The Reliable Source
January 17, 2010; 4:17 PM ET
Categories: Real Housewives of D.C. , White House crashers
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