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The Salahis at the White House state dinner: Questions, anyone?


That fateful night: The Salahis arrive at the White House (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

The episode of "The Real Housewives of D.C." airing on Bravo this week shows the circumstances surrounding the event that launched Tareq and Michaele Salahi to national notoriety -- their uninvited appearance at the White House state dinner for India last fall.

Come back later for our weekly Housewives recap and fact-check. In the meantime -- what exactly happened at the White House? The Washington Post first broke the story after the Salahis walked the red carpet at the dinner despite not being on the guest list; the White House confirmed they had not been invited. Nonetheless, they managed to get in and shake hands with President Obama in the receiving line. The incident was a huge embarrassment for the White House, pointing out a major flaw in security.

The junior Secret Service agents responsible for admitting them were later placed on leave. Social Secretary Desiree Rogers was widely criticized for not having a member of her staff at the door to help check the guest lists; she resigned a few months later. Emails later showed that the Salahis had begged Pentagon official Michele S. Jones, a friend of a friend, to help them get an invitation, and that she had basically promised to try to help. But she did not get them an invitation, and emails released by the Salahis' lawyers indicated she did not lead them to believe they were invited either. At best, the emails suggest the couple may have been naive about the exclusive nature of the event as they decided to go ahead to the White House just "in case" they had landed on the list.

At the time, Bravo's local production company Half Yard had already spent a few months taping the Salahis, as well as several other couples, though they hadn't officially announced the cast. And a camera crew followed the Salahis to the White House that night, though the crews split away when they went in the gate; producers later said they took the Salahis' word for it that they were invited. When called before a congressional committee investigating the White House breach, the Salahis pleaded the fifth. While a grand jury was convened to look into the matter, the investigation is moving slowly, with the feds insisting they have not yet ruled out filing charges.

See earlier:
Tareq and Michaele Salahi crash Obamas' state dinner for India (11/26/2009)
Secret Service says procedures not followed (11/27/2009)
Salahis sought gala access through a Pentagon door (12/1/2009)
E-mails suggest confusion over state dinner invite (12/2/2009)
The party crashers: Turmoil in the White House (12/21/2009)

By The Reliable Source  | September 30, 2010; 7:57 PM ET
Categories:  Real Housewives of D.C., White House State Dinner, White House crashers  
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According to CNN,(what, you didn't think I would watch the show did you?) Michaele told yet another lie, that she had been to the WH before as a makeup artist. That is completely untrue, as is her scam about having MS, and her time as a Redskins cheerleader and virtually aything else she has ever said as an adult. Why don't you ask her about the makeup artist thing?

Posted by: 54465446 | September 30, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jen and Michaele, quick, log in with the lisag1 ID and start making comments like "Michaele is the one I watch for on the show!"

Come on, don't let us all down! We miss the terrible grammar and Random capitalization of Words that the two of you use!

Or maybe Tareq can log in with one of his many sock puppets who are fake lawyers with inside knowledge of how First Chukker screwed over the Salahis, or maybe even fake parents of diseased children whose kids would not be alive were it not for the heroic Salahis! (Note: the grammar is just as poor in Tareq's case. Come on Tareq, your wife is a suburban mall make-up girl on 8 bucks an hour. You have a college degree. You should have better written English skills! OK, I know, it was a 7 year undergraduate winemaking degree from an obscure state college, but still.)

Maybe we will be graced by the honorable David Mortz or Roger Stern! What happened to these guys? Maybe they are busy working on the next Americas Polo Cup, lining up sponsors who have no idea they are sponsors, catering from cheap fast food joints (White Castle next year?) and a Costa Rican team made up entirely of Guatamalans from Florida.

Keep up that networking Tareq and Molly! Though it must be harder to get into charity events when you can't buy your way in with donated wine that you stole from your parents. You milked that cow for a long time, Corrine should have locked all that product up a long time ago. Good while it lasted I suppose.

Imagine, basically living off cash that you stole from your parents, in the form of cases of wine, well into your 40's. You will be arrested Tareq the next time you attempt a break-in, and I know your wine supplies are low. Even Deputy Mumwaw will not support you now that you burned that bridge. I cannot wait for this moment, where you get busted by an old friend, trying to break into your mom's storage area to steal wine. What a loser!

Posted by: growler55 | September 30, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Growler.."Roger Stern" and "David Mortz" have been leaving comments on Michaele's bravotv blog..Hysterical!!!

Posted by: Holly1971 | October 1, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

There she is "Holly" Rachel Janickey Harshman again
obsessed with Michaele! Jen calls it best about people like you - Stay on the blogs Rachel that is where you belong with your hate and obsession over her. All of these postings are you again.

Posted by: lisag1 | October 3, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

LMAO!!! Michaele/Tareq aka LisaG1 you paranoid Nutjob and your bizarre Obsession with Rachel Hershman! God, I'm laughing so hard because..1- I'm not White or Jewish Dumbass. Does this Rachel person know your OBSESSED with her?! How Creepy of you two, posting her name all over Wapo an the internet like a paranoid meth head accusing every commenter of being this person. How many sock puppets do you have Tareq? I'm glad you at least came up with more creative names to post with on your Bravo site and "fan" pages..The "Vicki" person who claims to be a Psychiatrist yet possess the grammar an IQ of lettuce all over your fan page..They're like bots -all spouting the same exact garbage..Come on,We know Michelle's Dumber than Dirt, but YOU Tareq attended college, so there is proof you did graduate HS.. Whats with the God Awful white suits? Does it make you feel oh so chic looking like a Marshmallow with eyeballs? Such gall you have, you look like you' ve been O.D'ing on Krispy Kreme and Fried Chicken for breakfast,lol. You and your fake Wannabe Polo team/organization..which you filed for Chapter 7- Now that your parents winery is BANKRUPT you wont be able to steal cases of wine anymore. Especially since you were using it like Foodstamps, which you'll be on soon enough..Your book is TANKING, your Doll is a JOKE!

I cant wait until you get your own spin off called "The Real House Bitches of the State Pen" With inmate #294757502hjkl releasing a statement to the press "I did NOT Crash Tareqs rectum, I was INVITED"!

Posted by: Holly1971 | October 4, 2010 4:44 AM | Report abuse

I take sheer pleasure in pointing out your Grandiose list of lies and Delusions of Grandeur! Redskins cheerleader that never was, Oh wait! I Forgot! That tranny with the Adams Apple you call your "wife" did promotions for the Skins at Champions a bar and pool hall..OH GEE OH SOOO Glamorous! How does she find the time, between her Pretend modeling career for Chanel, Escada, Ralph Lauren, being featured in Vogue, along with all the other magazines she self proclaims herself to have been in?!

I mean seriously, Champions?!? Such a Luxe locale, ya know, home of 2 dollar pitchers and 25 cent buffalo wings and KENO!! HAHAHA!! Thanks for continuing to be who you are, providing me with hours of countless belly laughs at your Desperation to appear so "Important" and "Wealthy"

Must be nice knowing everything you've ever owned has been REPO'D! I'm glad you love that white 80s limo your sporting, pretty soon that's going to be your home address!

Posted by: Holly1971 | October 4, 2010 4:52 AM | Report abuse

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