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White House state dinner flashback: What's the latest with Tareq and Michaele Salahi?

Tareq, left, and Michaele Salahi after , testifying, unwillingly, before Congress in January. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

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

Part I: Turmoil in the White House
Part 2: Tareq and Michaele before they were famous
Part 3: A trail of accusations leads to Tareq and Michaele Salahi

By The Reliable Source  |  May 19, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
Categories:  Real Housewives of D.C. , White House State Dinner , White House crashers  
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Posted by: newjerseynewsroom | May 19, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm looking for a pole dancer for a party i'm throwing. Michaele Salah with that bleached blond hair would be great. Anyone know how to get in touch with her?

Posted by: freehogan | May 19, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Better keep a close watch on these two.

Most importantly, we should keep them away from any public money or charities.

Posted by: postfan1 | May 19, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Whenever I don't look at their faces, I believe everything they tell me.

Posted by: ehsmith1 | May 19, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

This has been another thrilling episode of "Life in Bizarro World." Tune in next time when we'll hear Mark Souder tell us how Washington DC makes all its visitors have sex--even if they really don't want to!

Posted by: JohnBrown08 | May 19, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

You have to wonder if they -- like all con artists -- actually believe much of what they say or do is right.

Posted by: dadada | May 19, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?

Posted by: TexRancher | May 20, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

I am really shocked at the audacity of these two con artists. Thank you for the update. I hope they are prosecuted and put in jail. They are really not nice people. They need to be punished. They have hurt a lot of people.

Posted by: donnajorobinson | May 20, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Just give the authorities time to finish their investigations. The mills of the gods grind slowly but exceedingly fine.

Posted by: ehsmith1 | May 20, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

And the reason why this is news is? Two Americans who walk into the White House shouldn't be news-- perhaps under the circumstances a concern to the secret service, but news--after one day has passed?.......The national press should not be their press agent. Are we just helping them by this coverage? If a criminal act occurred bring it on, but don't help their desire for free press.

Posted by: wdonahue | June 13, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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