White House state dinner flashback: What's the latest with Tareq and Michaele Salahi?
So what's new with Tareq and Michaele Salahi? Funny you should ask.
Six months after their escapade at the last state dinner -- and on the eve of the next -- the polo-playing, winery-feuding future reality-TV stars gave a video interview Tuesday to RadarOnline suggesting that the White House owes them an apology.
As in other interviews, the Northern Virginians continued to insist (without proof) that they were invited, but this time they also accused the Obamas of bad manners. "I certainly wouldn't treat anyone this way that comes to my house, even if there was a question about an invitation," said Tareq -- never minding the fact that the White House did admit him and his wife without an invitation, and that's what started this whole mess. Added Michaele: "Even if they weren't on the list at Oasis [Winery], you'd find a spot for them....The American way is to love people."
Did she just call the Obamas un-American? You can read more about the interview here, but never mind... There are more serious questions facing these folks. Federal prosecutors say the state dinner incident -- subject of a grand jury investigating lies to federal agents -- is still under review for possible charges. Virginia officials say they are still probing the fundraising activities of the Salahis' America's Polo Cup.
And a new front has opened. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Tuesday that it's investigating a $100,000 grant Tareq Salahi received in 2006 to study the impact of Virginia winery tourism, as first reported by the Washington Examiner. A source involved in the application process told us investigators have been looking into whether Salahi simply recycled the results of an earlier state study.
Yet the Salahis are soldiering on with plans for another America's Polo Cup event on June 11 and 12. Their permits for a spot on West Potomac Park are still pending, according to the National Park Service; and many of their original sponsors, including the Indian Embassy, have long since disavowed involvement. But their Web site is still offering $100 tickets for sale, and as a bonus, Michaele is promising to judge a sari-wearing contest. No, really.
Read about the White House Mexico state dinner.
Read The Washington Post's Salahi series
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May 19, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
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