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Salahis speak!

Michaele and Tareq Salahi made headlines when they crashed last week's state dinner at the White House. (Bill O'Leary-TWP)
Aspiring reality-TV stars Michaele and Tareq Salahi kick off their Media Whoredom Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony live Tuesday morning on NBC's "Today" show, guided by America's Sweetheart Matt Lauer.

(Scroll down to watch "Today" show video)


7:45-ish: Salahis invite themselves back on "Today" show

The Salahis promise Matt they will come "sit on the couch" with him -- ick, ick, ick -- in New York (they're being beamed to us live from Washington) at a future date, to show America all the papers and things that will prove they were invited to the White House state dinner last week -- just as soon as the Secret Service gives them the all-clear.

It's a nice try, but this round of The Great Salahi White House Dinner Caper was definitely won byTareq's brother, Ismail, who, in a taped bit "Today" aired during its exclusive sit-down with the Salahis, said in regards to his brother, that he was "shocked" by the whole alleged-dinner-crashing thing, but "I wouldn't put it past him and his wife." Ismail advised "Today's" intrepid reporters that if they "dig, you will start to find out they are really into the whole 'media thing.' They love the attention . . . There are a lot of things they [have done] I don't know that I would consider moral or ethical -- that's the path they have chosen to take."

Very zippy stuff. Let's see more of him. Hopefully "Good Morning America" and "The Early Show" are booking him now.

Meanwhile, the Salahis were holed up at the Four Seasons in Georgetown while doing the "Today" show interview with Matt; and, for those keeping track, arrived there about 5:30 a.m. so Michaele could have her hair and makeup done.

7:40: About That Congressional Black Caucus Dinner

Matt notes the Salahis reportedly attended another bigwig dinner to which they were not invited -- the Congressional Black Caucus Dinner in late-September. According to WTTG-Fox 5, which broke this big development in the story Monday night, the couple was escorted out of that clambake, Bravo cameras in tow.

Tareq appears shocked when he hears Matt detail the allegation: "This is the first time I have ever heard another false accusation against my wife and I," he says, calling the report "another gossip rumor."

Sadly, Matt does not ever think to ask the Salahis to define "invited" and the interview appears to end, with that gimongous question still unanswered

7:34: Did we pay you?

Matt wants the Salahis to state for the record that "Today" did not pay them for this interview. This is because the Salahis had previously been booked on CNN's "Larry King Live" and then cancelled, while reports swirled the Salahis were trying to shop around their interview. They are happy to oblige and Michaele adds: "At no time, Matt, have we ever even talked about doing that with anyone."

Matt notes the rap on them has been "not at all positive."

"Our lives have been destroyed," wails Michaele, who is trying her darndest to have her life splashed all over national TV on Bravo's upcoming reality series "Real Housewives of D.C."

"Everything we worked for -- for me, 44 years just destroyed," she adds, blondely. Here's a good place to mention that Bravo is owned by -- NBC Universal!

Michaele assures Matt that "the White House is THE house and no one would" crash it. But when Matt asks who invited them to the state dinner, they go into the old "answer the question you want to answer, not the question you were asked" mode.

7:15: "They were not on the list"

Matt Lauer sidekick Meredith Vieira asks White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, who thinks he's appearing on "Today" to talk about the president's big Afghan speech -- silly Robert Gibbs! -- what he thinks about the Salahis.

Gibbs doesn't think much:

"They were not on the list . . .They had been told on a number of occasions they did not have tickets . . .we continue to look into criminality . . . [President Obama and the Secret Service] want to address what might have happened . . .do anything humanly possible to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. This is not a misunderstanding. You do not show up at the White House as a 'misunderstanding'."

Things are not looking good for our plucky Salahis.

7:03: "The Truth Will Soon Come Out"

Matt introduces us to the Salahis who are dressed for a funeral. "Can you give me a sense of what your lives have been like?" he wonders.

"This has been the most devastating thing that has ever happened to us," Tareq says, wearing a dark grey suit and his sad face. "We are greatly saddened . . . portraying my wife and I as 'party crashers.' We can tell you we did not crash the White House." Michaele Salahi sits by his side, dressed in a somber thinggummy, looking very blonde.

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By Lisa de Moraes  |  December 1, 2009; 7:45 AM ET
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Comments

These people are disgusting.

Posted by: surlychick | December 1, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

give me a break. these reality show wannabees show up uninvited to a state dinner with a camera crew and are initially turned away, but then trick their way past security and we are supposed to be sympathetic to how they have been abused by the media? this makes the balloon boy episode seem sympathetic by comparison. they should be prosecuted under the federal law that makes it a crime to misrepresent yourself to a federal official and sent directly to jail. perhaps having balloon boys parents and these two clowns in jail will end this type of behavior.

Posted by: joeblow111 | December 1, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse

These people need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Reality TV has destroyed television and has made it almost unwatchable. It seems that 75% of the channels have some sort of Reality TV show on at any given time. In reality, TV is the wasteland it was made out to be.

Posted by: jptjptjpt | December 1, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

And the media is playing right into their hands, giving them all the attention they want and more...Disgusting? Yes, both the Salahis and the media for drooling after them.

Posted by: etbooks | December 1, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Enjoy prison.

Posted by: vigor | December 1, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Jail for both of them. What if they had shot the president or his wife, or anyone else. Examples must be set, even in this age of tolerance. You think there would be less teen violence if we were allowed to spank (not beat the tar out of) our children when the screw up badly? I do.

Posted by: chrisp1993 | December 1, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Scum Bag Millionaires . . .

Posted by: palmtree2001 | December 1, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

They are in the ranks of Lindsy Lohan, Paris Hilton, Jon and Kate something or other (never watched a show, never desired to, but the media force-feeds this trite bullsh1te on the public, you can't miss seeing those names *somewhere*)- "celebrities" for nothing. They give nothing to society and in fact, are parasites.

Good grief, go away. I don't want to know the why's, wherefor's, etc. They should be in jail. Please let's stop giving these two people more publicity. They are sucking it up and thriving on it. These "hanger's on" are "nobodies" and even more so because they're trying to be "somebodies" through no accomplishments of their own.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | December 1, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

State dinners have a purpose or theme, and they are incredibly expensive. It is sad that the focus of such a recent gala is on two people - goobers, who added or contributed absolutely nothing to the function that they attended. Further, they offer no material reason for attending un-invited, so we must assume that their motives for doing so were completely self-serving. It is disheartening that a couple of charlatans would have so little regard for a state event to debase it as they did.

Posted by: Maddogdad | December 1, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

"Looney" tunes ... staring the Salahis' and the media...stay tuned (if you can stomach it!)

Posted by: blueberi | December 1, 2009 7:52 AM | Report abuse

I hope that the utter distain in which they are held by the vast majority of the citizens of the United States is impressed on the Salhis.

Posted by: Lefty_ | December 1, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

The only person worse than the Salahi's is Matt Lauer.

Posted by: kevnet | December 1, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

what life was destroyed? They are bankrupt losers who owe everyone money.

Posted by: djrhood | December 1, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

This story may go on longer than the Iranian hostage crisis in 1980. What are we up to now on WaPo's coverage, Day 227?

Posted by: grunk | December 1, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

It is just amazing how these two see their actions, and the initial negative consequences, as something that happened "to them". The very definition of Narcissism .

Posted by: JustSteve | December 1, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

If they are not "gate crashers", then please tell me what term to use?

I find them totally disgusting social climbers with not one ounce of class.

Posted by: vbtemp45 | December 1, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I am sure that they crashed the party for the publicity. They are reality tv stars after all and those people are always after all the publicity they can get. They knew they didn't have tickets to the Gala yet the went anyway. They knew they would be tossed out and that it would be a big media event.

Posted by: maggie252 | December 1, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Oh boo hoo. Take some responsibility for your pathological lying selves. If they were in fact invited to attend the dinner, where was their "official" invite? Why did they leave prior to dinner being served? I do not have one ounce of sympathy for these two losers who brought all this upon themselves.

Posted by: dottie20 | December 1, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

For crying out loud, it was a prank, not an assassination attempt.

If you want people in jail, how about jailing politicians who constantly lie to the American public?

When we see photos of the Salahis next to the White House crowd, we should be asking which ones are the criminals and which ones are the entertainers.

Posted by: KarimAbdulTares | December 1, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

The heck with prosecuting them. Let's all just show up at their house for a party. Who needs an invite?

Posted by: didnik | December 1, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Who can explain Matt Lauer "timidity" in making the Salahis respond to the questions ? A terrible interview.

Posted by: Bookie1 | December 1, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

It's incredible that they would portray themselves as victims...even wearing black! And, it appears that they are prepared to drag down others just to have more TV air time. It's time for someone in the media to confront them and stop rewarding them with soft ball questions.

Posted by: gary16 | December 1, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Please, somebody, arrest these two clowns. I so want to see them do the perp walk in handcuffs.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | December 1, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Leave them alone! If anything, they proved that White House security is a farce, like most things in Washington these days, and needs to be fixed.

Posted by: txdtr | December 1, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Why are we giving these people the media exposure they are now receiving? Media is playing right into their hands. They are losers with no class. Media is only encouraging more of the same.The real story is about how they got in, if they were not invited, which seems to have been forgotten.

Posted by: klarsson7z4 | December 1, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

At least they knocked Sarah Palin, Octomom, and Jon and Kate off the news for a brief respite. Thanks Salahis!

Is this form of gatecrashing, balloon hiding, reproductive excess, and hockey momism the new way of getting ahead in America? I see a trend.

Posted by: shapiromarilyn | December 1, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I just watched the interviews. A couple of questions were blatantly omitted.

First, with regard to the State Dinner, Matt could/should have asked, "Who, specifically, told you that you'd been cleared to attend the event?" That's something any invited guest, or their assistant, would immediately know.

Second, regarding the CBCF dinner - which was a FUNDRAISER - after acknowledging that the Salahis, in fact, may have been invited (along with thousands of others), Lauer may have proceeded, "Did you make a pledge to the CBCF to pay for your attendance at the fundraiser? If not, who made a pledge on your behalf?" This would have ended the interview quite clearly and easily. Admittance at a fundraiser such as the CBCF event is quite simple -- pay the contribution amount, names are then put on the guest list and , poof!, gain entry. Period.

I am disappointed that Matt Lauer was not prepped to ask these very simple, straight-forward questions.

Posted by: dcquilter | December 1, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

If all else fails, they could always do porn. Although I'm not sure even that industry would stoop so low.

Posted by: pwkickice | December 1, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

As usual, the media's missing the big picture. What would have happened if Mrs. Salahi had a bomb under that sari? Should they have been there? No. Should they be prosecuted for impersonating a guest? Sure, if it makes people feel better and it prevents future attempts at gate crashing. However, they NEVER should have gotten into the White House and so close to Obama and Biden. Somebody needs to pay for that, too.

Posted by: Skibus | December 1, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Madness....

Posted by: bromisky | December 1, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

TV? Reality? Who is kidding whom?

Posted by: Geezer4 | December 1, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

as a writer and former editor, you must know the difference between whose and who's.
Twice you used the former when you should have written who's. Other than that, the column was amusing and the salahis (lower case) are not.

Posted by: ccbrown | December 1, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Truly not complicated.

Have you ever noticed that people without a good story always say "You'll see when the REAL story comes out"?

It would be very simple to show an invitation, if such an invitation existed.

It's not the responsibility of the government to prove that you're NOT invited. It's YOUR responsibility to prove that you are.

They should see some jail time.

Posted by: postfan1 | December 1, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

The Salahi's are American heroes and should be awarded the Medal of Freedom.

They exposed the Patriot Act, illegal spying, and Homeland Security for they really are an attack on civil liberties and not to protect the US.

The Congress can gain insight into itself if they are willing to look into why they felt designing laws to attack civil liberties would protect the US.

Posted by: Maddogg | December 1, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

the media is giving them what they want ....it would be best to let the white
house deal with this situation and ignor them !!

Posted by: cmt138 | December 1, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

I'm just glad to see that Lisa is back and wasn't let go when the Post closed its national bureaus. Pookie forever!

Posted by: kennedye | December 1, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

NBC Today show is the bigger idiot for putting them up on their show. I am now convinced that they will be the featured item as a newsbreak live coverage when they come before the house committee investigating into this. As a person who does not watch cable shows, I did not know who Jon and Kate were until they were put on display in NBC/CBS/ABC shows/news! So much for 'we do not pay for interview' stuff from NBC and others!!

Posted by: philly3 | December 1, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Coming Next Fall on NBC: a new reality show! "The Party Crashers," in which intrepid contestants see which couple can get uninvited into which hottest-ticket-in-town events. The better the "security," the more points they win. If that's a ratings success, Season Two will pit armed, bearded, turbaned men against "security."

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | December 1, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

They are not millionaires! They are filing for bankruptcy. That's why they want a reality show and six figures for this wack story. It’s almost been a week, why aren't they locked up yet??

Posted by: madstamina | December 1, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

forget the marines and the secret service. the real problem is there was no overage debutante standing at the entrance with a list of inviteees. apparently no one had the nerve or authority to ask for an invitation. as 102 million dollar mayor for life bloomberg said, nyc nightclubs do a better job of controlling access to their vip rooms (he kind of forgot the giants player who shot himself in the leg though).

Posted by: george32 | December 1, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Please please arrest these folks ..
Im sure there are charges forthcoming against these dingbats, and we hope Bravo as well (they so heartilly encouraged these bozos' efforts at this and other similarly tasteless crashing events). NO surprise that NBC Today show had an "exclusive" with the idiots. It is a very thinly veiled case of NBC's lawyers and PR people doing a quick CYA attempt .. NBC after all IS .. BRAVO. DUH

Posted by: greycarolina | December 1, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Just send them to Gitmo..as possible terrorists. Being there was a threat to the President and other important people in attendance. How they managed to get in rivals only what happened with Tiger..as the scandals of the year.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | December 1, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Shame on NBC for giving them an audience. And shame on the Salahis for just being the low life, attention seeking lunatics they are. I hope there are charges brought and that those charges stick!

Posted by: Lilycat1 | December 1, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Ego, greed, money, and low intelligence. It’s a bad combination

Posted by: mudsnark | December 1, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Ick, ick, ick and ick. Of course the media are all over this story. It's just complicated enough for them, not impossibly difficult to communicate in soundbites like, say, health care or Afghanistan.

Posted by: DaveinNorthridge | December 1, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

It's a legitimate news story, Matt Lauer asked really tough and pointed questions and it's clear from that interview where they are. They're famous and they're in deep doodoo.

Posted by: kls1 | December 1, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I completely agree with the snarky tone with which you describe this ridiculous couple, but would you please stop using Michaele's blonde-ness as an indictment against her? When you wrote "she adds, blondely," what exactly does that imply? You're perpetuating a stereotype that I've been fighting my whole life.

Posted by: mary39 | December 1, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

They must be punished accordingly. Let them be an example to others, that when people mean business, they really mean it. No monkey business!

Posted by: fridamulindayahoocouk | December 1, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to one and all for the comments to this article. The phony outrage has left me giggling in my chair.

Posted by: mickle1 | December 1, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Wait a second. I've been away. These guys reported that their child flew a balloon into the White House? They impersonated Michael Jackson's doctor? They split up on national TV and then she had eight babies? I'm confused!

Posted by: bcamarda2 | December 1, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

After they are criminally charged, they will likely look back and wonder why in the hell they crashed a White House dinner. Afterward, someone will give them a reality show and their 15 minutes of fame - for whatever it's worth.

Posted by: ATL_Pilot_1 | December 1, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

The President about to commit 30,000 more of our finest to war. 4 Cops killed in Seattle. The Today Show spends 90% of the air time on Tiger Woods and these 2 idiots from horse country. We have a sad culture and our priorities are so out of whack.

Posted by: TheDubb | December 1, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Make these people go away so we can get back to real news.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | December 1, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Heaven help me, i agree with Joe Scarbourogh[?]. Set up a guillotine in Lafayette Park !

Posted by: tedri50 | December 1, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Secret Service and whoever else was in charge of security screwed up. What better to do than blame it on someone other that where blame itself should fall - internally! It would sound like something the government would do. If these people were not invited how did they make it in as far as they did, including a picture with the president......someone on the inside needs investigated!

Posted by: lrstalnaker | December 1, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I saw Michaele looking at a cross necklace at Target yesterday. She finally found one she could afford at the dollar store. Rumour has it she returned it after her appearance on the Today Show because she needs the money for a down payment on the trailer she and her husband will soon be living in.

Posted by: Parsley1 | December 1, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Someone better check the security, maybe I could go un-invited if these two did!! Let me say, they are not all of the problem here.!!

Posted by: wiremay | December 1, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

White House fence jumpers are put in jail -- they don't pass GO and collect $200 on the way, either! They are also evaluated to see if they are nuts enough to be a danger to themselves or others.

Gate crashers should receive the same treatment. We don't need to "know" about them. Throw them in jail and/or a padded room, so the rest of us can have some peace from the absurd TV and press coverage of their bad behavior!

Posted by: JudyS | December 1, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

"to my wife and ME" MY WIFE AND ME! These people are trying to pass themselves off as worthy to mingle with the upper crust of the world and they cannot even speak properly. Bad form.

Posted by: mperritt1 | December 1, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Lisa - thanks so much for a barrel of laughs this morning. Loved this live blogging.

Posted by: AmyDetroit | December 1, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

"Everything we worked for -- for me, 44 years just destroyed," she stated.

And whose fault is that?

All she and her husband have ever "worked" at is a con. Yes, perhaps their con game has now been destroyed because they reached too far. Lesson: don't embarrass the Secret Service.

Posted by: hitpoints | December 1, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Book 'em, Danno...

Posted by: fendertweed | December 1, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Here in what's left of Dubai (still quite a lot), we want to know more of the Major Hasan Case and the Big Apple Terror Trials. They seems to have been blotted out by a parade of trivia, the Salahi and Tiger Woods episodes being the most significant. Major Hasan, Mr Salahi and the Guantanamo terrorists are giving Arabs a bad name.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | December 1, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Well it seems to me that after 2 crash's to goverment fuctions by these two weardo's that there's a statement being made here that either the Secret Service or the FBI havent gathered and that is (if we can git in anyone can ) I personly feel this is leading up to something else even bigger that's going to be later blamed on the Secret Service or FBI. And if they don't jail these two turkeys for it that what ever the real reason for it is will end up happening .And the Secret Service and FBI should be investagating them and see who else may be behind this.There's a bigger picture here I think and no one is looking at it . Just that two turkeys crashed two fuction's that (Obama) was attending .

Posted by: AMERICANDREAMER | December 1, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

All they need to do is post their invites - it would be the positive proof that they were indeed invited. Believe me - if they received these invites, they would still have them. They are a keepsake even for those who attend state dinners or events often!

Posted by: Calysurfer | December 1, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

This people think they are funny playing stupid juvenile prancks. What they did is serious. Does not matter who is the president, liberal or conservation, republican or democrat, always itis going to be somebody extremly stupid to try to attempt killing the president in the first opportunity. It is so unfortunate that the desire to be in these "stupid and empty" reality shows makes people to do the unbelievable . Put them in jail they deserve the law applied to them

Posted by: Disclose | December 1, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Either you have an invitation, in which case let's see it, or you do not.

Posted by: mjgharvey | December 1, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

They are having a cocktail party this Saturday (dec 5) from 330-630pm according to the Oasis Winery facebook page(http://www.facebook.com/#/event.php?eid=179822340875&index=1) - Lets crash it!!

Posted by: member8 | December 1, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse


When Salahi's own brother says they have done unethical and immoral things, and the media needs to "DIG", he isnt kidding.

The only show this woman belongs on is a FATAL ATTRACTION- DC re-make. Do you all realize she has lied now about so many things?? Said she was a Redskins cheerleader and a Victoria's Secret model, and none of those organizations have ever heard of her--

They tell lies with such a straight face it is amazing, and truly, should scare us all, because they realize they can get away with just about anything.

JAIL SENTENCES!!

Posted by: misssymoto | December 1, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

To "former editor" ccbrown:
what column did you read? Nowhere do the words "who's" or "whose" appear. Additionally, the chances are quite slim that a glaring grammatical error of confusing these two words once, much less twice, would have ever made it past the WaPo copy desk.

Posted by: capripede | December 1, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse


SERIAL LIARS!!!


(Maybe they can join the Senate, or Congress--just the type they need)!

Posted by: misssymoto | December 1, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

These two pathetic people deserve some serious medical help, and jail time is definately in order. Not only that, but the entertainment industry needs to step-up and tell both of them publicly that the possibility of a Reality show is completely out of the question. You do not crash the Presidents State dinner unless you have some screws loose or have a very warped sense of self importance that makes you unstable at best. Granted, the Feds messed up and allowed them to gain entrance to the event, and I think it safe to say that someone's head will roll for that, but for these two simple fools to try such a act and then act so innocent is simply crazy. No class what-so-ever, no sense of right and wrong, and a warped sense of reality for sure. Put them in jail for a while and see how funny or cute they think their act was.

Posted by: peanuts13 | December 1, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

"I am disappointed that Matt Lauer was not prepped to ask these very simple, straight-forward questions."
Posted by: dcquilter
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It is not unusual for those going on TV for an "interview" to have questions negotiated, screened, etc. My guess is the questions were agreed to and those the Salahi's did not want asked were not asked. Its all about TV ratings.

Lauer should state that the Salahis did not prescreen or negotiate what questions could be asked. The softball nature of the questions gives me reason to believe otherwise.

Posted by: Fate1 | December 1, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Shame on the media for giving these lying scam artists the media attention they crave. Now they are infamous celebrites which is what they aspired to be. Only in America are people rewarded for irresponsible behavior. It's just a matter of time before they get their own reality show or tv movie.

Who cares? There are bigger problems in the country right now.

Posted by: ski70va1 | December 1, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

About the couple's (previously held) Oasis Winery:

"Litigation regarding the disposition of the winery began in 2006, and court documents contain allegations of fraud and embezzlement of corporate assets by Tareq Salahi and his parents, Dirgham and Corrine Salahi."

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=600&sid=1329358

In Feb. 2008 the courts removed the Salehis from any affiliation with Oasis Winery.

Posted by: hitpoints | December 1, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I agree that Matt's interview didn't get at obvious issues. He should have asked some version of:

Who specifically invited you to the State Dinner? Why did they do so?

Did you solicit an invitation?

Did you personally purchase the CBC Fund Raising Dinner tickets? What prompted you to do so?

If you didn't purchase the tickets, who specifically gave you the tickets to the CBC dinner? Why?

Did you solicit that tickets?

The safety of the President, the First Lady, and all guests at the State Dinner is paramount. This is not a game and should not happen again.

Also, it's sad that this uninvited couple is getting more ink than the first couple of India, the guests of honor at the beautiful dinner -- including from me.

Posted by: weareone | December 1, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

My last comment on this gruesome twosome is that we need to stop talking about them. That's all they want and we're validating their antics by even discussing them.

They are the worst our society has to offer.

Posted by: theobserver4 | December 1, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

they were saying on WTOP this morning that she showed up to a Redskins Cheerleader reunion but nobody knew who she was and she couldn't dance. It's one thing to lie about it but another to impersonate one.

Posted by: member8 | December 1, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse


They are acting like they are in the house or the senate.


Posted by: mortified469 | December 1, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Why aren't these jerks in jail?

Posted by: citigreg | December 1, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

If they cnnot produce an invitation, if they were not on the White House Social Secretary's list or the Secret Service's list, they were not invited, period. You do not tag along with another invited guest to a White House state function.

Quit pandering to these people! Don't they remind you of another pair we thought we had (thnkfully) seen the last of? Yes, Joh and Kate, minus the eight badly behaved children, but still with bad hair day issues and conduct that can only be described as self-obsessed, lacking in any kind of good taste, bad breeding and a total absence of class. Just the attributes you look for in a dinner guest for a state occasion at the White House. Let's stop the insanity now and have a media black-out on these clowns.

Posted by: Frustratededucator | December 1, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I've known people who, as a hobby, tried to crash events, football games or just about anything. This was a hobby they were often successful at.
I wonder if this could be the same thing.

Posted by: garys_opinion | December 1, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

The sad thing is these bozos will cost some poor schmo his or her job. We are also very lucky they are just nuts and not nuts and dangerous. A weakness in security has been revealed but even so,
shame on Bravo.

Posted by: di-ann | December 1, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Matt Lauer should be ashamed of himself- what a pathetic excuse for an interview! An informed 10 year old could have come up with more specific questions to ask these two social-climbing classless fakes.

Posted by: yokeko | December 1, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Mr. and Mrs. Salahi seem to equate being at an event with being welcome at an event.

In the world of reality television, they may be right, unfortunately. But I doubt they are right when it comes to real world gatherings. A pet rock would be more welcome and a lot less offensive.

Posted by: rsutton603 | December 1, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Why are these morons getting so much press coverage? Every day they're on the front page of washingtonpost.com. Who cares??

Posted by: esmith22015 | December 1, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Will someone please lock these clowns up?

Posted by: Mojo72 | December 1, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Hearing people clamor for "jail time" in this case makes me embarrassed to be an American.

We already have the largest prison population in the world. An American boy born today has a 1-in-9 chance of serving time in Federal or State prison in his lifetime. No country has worse stats than us.

We have become a prison nation.

Posted by: targusowlkiln | December 1, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Has Bravo's video of these people heading toward the event been subpeonaed? I'm wondering how much Bravo is in on this. They may be innocent, taken in as have so many others by this sorry couple, but still, after seeing other Bravo TV I have to ask, what is their involvement.

Posted by: Fate1 | December 1, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

If these shameless publicity-seekers are so concerned about their image, they could at least make an effort to respect the guidelines of Standard English Usage: just for starters, Mr. Salahi, when a pronoun serves as the direct object of a verb--or the object of a preposition--it requires the objective, not the subjective, case. Examples: "...another false accusation against my wife and ME [not 'I'] "...portraying my wife and ME [not 'I'] as party-crashers."

Posted by: kk28becker | December 1, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

how much more facetime is wapo going to give these arrogant fools.a vicory dance is due for the police officer who killed that scum today.

Posted by: pofinpa | December 1, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I bet that Michelle, which her REAL name, was pretty about 25 years ago; before she went fill Skelator.

Posted by: wiatrol | December 1, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

They did not crash the party. They did not inhale either!

Posted by: OldTimeRider | December 1, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

tards

Posted by: overdrive_68 | December 1, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

WHY AREN'T THESE WANNABEES IN JAIL??? WHY IS NBC PANDERING TO CRIMINALS?? WY DIDN'T THE FBI PICK THEM UP ON THE SET??? WHY???

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | December 1, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

why was my first comment not allowed?

Posted by: tuckerdogavl | December 1, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

No one in the Heartland cares. You people in the beltway need to get a life.

Posted by: jim999 | December 1, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

We still would like to know why the photo of these people with our President was published on the White House's Yahoo Flickr page. Then, we would like to know exactly why Obama has a page on Yahoo's Flickr site at all. Other than obvious security concerns, we know for a fact that Yahoo's Flickr is in reality a pornographic web site, even though it is no way labeled as such.
Yahoo's Flickr hosts the largest collection of hardcore pornographic images in the world now and that is a simple fact. Yet, somehow it is allowed into most our schools and libraries, since Yahoo represents it as a family friendly web site. So much so, that not only the White House, but our State Department, the GOP, the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institute and many other supposedly reputable organizations use Flickr without apparently knowing it's really a very pornographic web site. Is this how our tax dollars are being spent now? Supporting the participation and endorsement of an unlabeled adult web site that hosts millions of hardcore porn images shared by countless perverts, pedophiles and sexual predators with our children?
The White House must have been really proud of these two, to feature them on their porn site web page for all the world to see. What the heck is happening there in Washington these days, where everyday it's amateur hour? Not good at all, and fairly disgusting to witness this ongoing fiasco that proves the level of incompetence and lack of oversight in our capital. We can't really blame Yahoo too much for the PR stunt that covertly disguises their porn site, Flickr, as a legitimate social network so they can make more money, but our government should behave a little better than that, in our opinion.
(Hopefully, the Washington Post will not censor this comment as CNN has four times now. They seem to want to protect Yahoo for some reason.)

Posted by: bluetoo4u | December 1, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The great comment above about how 'when the real story comes out then everything will will be alright.' The same line that the California people used who kidnapped that girl for over 20 years. I fail to respond to my first traffic ticket in 30 years and the constable/police come knocking on my door! And the real story would be that 'I failed to respond to my first traffic ticket in 30 years!' The Secret Service should be embarrassed. Completely unacceptable.

Posted by: Moontock | December 1, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

This warrants the front page of the Washington Post? Katharine Graham must be spinning in her grave.

Or did People take over the Post?

Posted by: JoeLeaphorn | December 1, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

They are con-artists hoping to cash in on their existence. But there's a big problem with the security at the White House, no doubt this was a big slip up.

Posted by: honeyradio | December 1, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

What exactly do you have that was "destroyed".

Posted by: honeyradio | December 1, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

To KarimAbdulTares: Just because they are "entertainers" doesn't mean they couldn't have been assassins. Jeez, look it up: John Wilkes Booth was one of the best-known entertainers of his day...in fact, I think that's one reason he was able to gain access to Lincoln's box -- the stagehands at Ford's Theater knew him.

Posted by: TomR3 | December 1, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

No more news coverage of these two until the trial, please!

Posted by: Nathan_Hale | December 1, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

If the Salahis spend all that time trying to get on morning shows and LK, how will they ever find the time to Photoshop a White House invitation?

On a different note, my husband and I once showed up at the Oasis tasting room at 4:40 p.m. We were rather rudely turned away because they were closing at 5:00 for a reception. As we were leaving, we spotted a stretch-limo full of drunk bridesmaids on a bachelorette party vineyard crawl. That speaks to the type of winery Oasis is. They're not interested in producing a quality wine, but being an event center because that's where the money is. Anyone surprised?

Posted by: eed017 | December 1, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Quit giving people like this the 'stage'. The media is as much at fault for giving them publicity. How pathetic. Why don't you publicize the GOOD that is going on in our country instead of this CRAP! Shame.....shame...shame!

Posted by: gbinmo | December 1, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Since when were there "tickets" to State Dinners and invitations extended by e-mail? The protocol for a White House invitation was in prior Administrations very rigid. Has that changed? The appropriate protocol is detailed in the Green Book - "The Social List of Washington, D.C. and Social Precedence in Washington"

Posted by: carlin80 | December 1, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Lauder is a loser! What an inept interview(??). Why didn't he ask her about the Redskin Cheerleader caper or the lawsuits pending or the debts they never paid. They are grifters, and lousy ones at that. I thought Lauder was trash before; now I know he's just a TV shill for the upcoming "reality" show.

I can't imagine that they believe that anyone looking at the evidence will believe them. They have NO credibility.

Yet, they like a million crooks, they will become rich and be famous JUST BECAUSE they are crooks. CRIME DOES INDEED PAY, and pay, and pay. Yuch!

Posted by: sdansker2002 | December 1, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

This is a waste of news reporting space...I mean WaPo tabloid space.

The Washington Post has lost sight of so many things over the years and the biggest mistake is that they have become a Democrat-controlled, State-run media complex allied with other Vietnam age and aged Editors who have an agenda at all times.

The only thing to question here is the ''Silence of the Lambs'' taking place in the White House about this affair as they carefully plan how to release information that tows the same lines to the American public.

The silence is deafening and the State-run media accomplices exaberate and perpetuate the problems of tranparency and fairness in reporting.

Posted by: Accuracy | December 1, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

My crystal ball indicates that the Whitehouse wants this all to go away! SOMEONE (an altar bound lamb-like creature) within the administration will be identified shortly as having 'given the impression' to the Salahis' that they were invited to the reception, as were dozens of others who enjoyed cocktails, horz du-vrehs, and pics before the big sit-down. The Secret Service, the most sophisticated and thorough security organization on our planet (and possibly others), will endeavor to avoid any similar situation in the future and this matter will finally be closed.

Posted by: gdmover2 | December 1, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

> When you wrote "she adds, blondely," what exactly does that imply?

It implies that Lisa de Moraes is the only member of the media worthy of this sorry yet can't-look-away debacle. Well, her and the two gals who broke the story.

It’s waaay too late to talk about not giving these posers our attention; proving that they broke the law seems like a long shot at best.

Ridicule is our last hope. Preferably the truly brilliant variety that we remember more clearly than the event itself.

Thanks, Lisa!

Posted by: MeriJ | December 1, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm beginning to wonder exactly what you have to do to get arrested in this country.

And Lisa, you need to knock off the references to Michaele's blondness as if that's the explanation for her stupidity. That stereotype in itself is stupid, dated, passe. (And no, I'm not a blonde)

Posted by: pras40 | December 1, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Too many idiots. One more, Maddogg you are an idiot.

Posted by: xanthem | December 1, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Shame on the Today show/NBC! A fitting punishment for this couple would be ZERO media coverage. Period.

Posted by: DROSE1 | December 1, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Matt Lauer is such a ho.

Posted by: MizzJulia | December 1, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

These are the worst kind of people. They already have 10+ civil suits pending against them for money that they owe, and have a bad reputation for not paying the people that work at the winery that he sued his mother for. They are not "scumbag millionaires", they are scumbags that act like they have millions but in reality are in debt for hundreds of thousands if not a million plus.

Posted by: apl984 | December 1, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Guess this couple did not receive enough attention during their high school years and are trying to make up for it presently. Wonder why this republic is falling? The MSM continues to report on this story which should be nothing but floor sweepings by now.

Posted by: bpartoens | December 1, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

No normal person ever ask to be invited to a dinner. These two are not normal.

Posted by: truth1 | December 1, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

It's funny how they are trying to play victim because the fact image the have spent many years cultivating has been ruined. The have been so good at lying that they are believing their own BS.

Posted by: shoreterp1 | December 1, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

> And Lisa, you need to knock off the references to Michaele's blondness as if that's the explanation for her stupidity.

I didn't read the blonde lines as an reference to stupidity. For one thing, MS appears to be extremely clever. Rather, it's the image over substance thing. She does blonde the way other people do "club wear." Based on my own initial guy reaction and innumnerable "we should love her because she so beautiful!" comments I've read on the web, it worked too.

BTW, using Michaele's initials just now, I realize that there was much more truth than I knew in the alleged mission of the Journey for the Cure Foundation. They really did exist to serve MS! If you haven't been there, go look at the "foundation" website.

http://www.journeyforthecure.com

It's a howler. Especially the photo of the couple drinking wine in a lounge chair.

Of this whole sorry affair, the fake charity thing is what most angered me.

Posted by: MeriJ | December 1, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Ahem........Were's Dick Cheney and his "waterboarding" bag of tricks when you need one?!

Put this fraudulant lying delusional couple in stir. Slap the cuffs on 'em both. Send them both to GITMO!!!

Their 15-minutes of fame are OVER!

Posted by: Bigrcube | December 1, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"ick ick ick?" Is this the "Washington Post" or junior high school ? I may have to move on to a more responsible (adult) source of information.

Posted by: Ramblin23 | December 1, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Who would want to attend a party hosted by those clowns if they weren't invited? I understand sneaking into a party hosted by Clinton or Bush, but the current bozos in the WH? Please!

Posted by: DCer1 | December 1, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I hope something is done so they cannot make a dime off this that is all this is about that's why reality TV SUX

Posted by: lildg54 | December 1, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Their lives have been ruined? What disgusting people these two are! They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent and held accountable for their illegal actions.
Jail time, no interviews, no Tv, etc.
According to other documents, these two have been doing this sort of thing for years. TIME TO PUT A STOP to this kind of behavior.

Posted by: donnajorobinson | December 1, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I don't care what or why it happened; it is a breach of security. If it was that easy for these two simpletons (Salahis) to get pass security then any old knife wielding or gun toting fool can get pass the Secret Service. These two need to be made examples of and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, along with the Secret Service officer that let them in the door. The Secret Service is supposed to be so on top of whatever is going on around the President. The Secret Service official that let these people in must also be working with Bravo TV. Get to the bottom of this and get rid of Secret Service officer that was on the door and prosecuted the Salahis’ ASAP.

Posted by: messey08 | December 1, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

They were trespassing (misdemeanor) and they lied to federal officials (felony). They are delusional. (Why else would she tell people that she was a Redskins' cheerleader when she was not?) They actively seek the limelight and money to further their personal pockets. Even their winery is a nuisance, playing loud amplified music to disturb neighbors when the winery wasn't zone to do that. These two are so self-centered that they believe they have a priviledged right to do whatever they wish. Personally, I think a week or two in jail would do them good. And....with all these people complaining about nonpayment of bills, I would think someone from the IRS might want to make sure that this family is paying their taxes.

Posted by: steven09 | December 1, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

It was Santayana who wrote: “The highest form of vanity is love of fame.”

Posted by: HillRat | December 1, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I love the Salahis. They're exactly what's wrong with America nowadays: we're obsessed with celebrities (TMZ is considered a respectable news organization now - look at their photos of Tiger Woods's crashed car), we watch endless reality TV shows, and now we're SURPRISED that a couple would crash the White House in order to be famous? If we really abhor their behavior, then STOP WATCHING reality TV! Please, let's get over ourselves here. To quote the cartoon Pogo, "we have seen the enemy, and it is us."

Posted by: linguist64 | December 1, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Tarwreck and his bimbo can't help themselves because they suffer the same disease as most of the media and politicians do: a level of self-importance that negates the spirit of what it means to be an actualized human being.

Posted by: OneTao | December 1, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Two things:
1) These people probably lie so much that they're convinced that they're telling the truth. They're sick enough to believe THEIR OWN LIES!

2) I also think there's a little bit of KINKY STUFF going on here where they get turned on by doing this stuff, know what I mean? Crash the party and then find a place to have some public intimacy maybe???

Posted by: BenThere | December 1, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Balloon boys, gate-crashing suburbanites, John and Kate ... the tail is wagging the dog. Did you know there is a health care debated going on in Congress and that we're about to send 34,000 troops to Afghanistan? Honestly, with resources in the newspaper industry being as scarce as they are, can't the Washington Post justify ignoring these people, their shameless quest for publicity and the media that obliges?

Posted by: MC55 | December 1, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

This couple is in denial and are in the same league as Balloon Boy's family.
The Salahi's also crashed the Congressional Black Caucus dinner on September 26. They were thrown out when they couldn't produce a ticket.

Posted by: Gary12 | December 1, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

These people are nuts.

Posted by: alloleo | December 1, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to hear the conversation between her & her mother. Unless I'm wrong, it's THAT conversation that should be on reality TV (no bleeps allowed).

One other thing. There's a clinical difference between a chronic and a pathological liar. The former does it because they think they will get away with it. The latter does iut because they can't help themselves. i'm believing that there should be a third definition: piss-ant liars. these are folks that revel in the fact that they CAN lie and profit from it. This couple fits the third type.


see below for more:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_can_you_tell_if_someone_is_a_pathological_liar

Posted by: sdansker2002 | December 1, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

If these guys don't raise the audit flag at the IRS I don't know who else would.

Posted by: Fate1 | December 1, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

They are the perfect example of our dumbed down society and how bad reality tv sux

Posted by: lildg54 | December 1, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

If they were invited, then where is their OFFICIAL invitation? Surely they have something that indicates they were invited to the event. This would squash all of this nonsense. Has anyone bothered to ask for said invitation?

They should be made an example of and locked up.

Posted by: rjenkins3 | December 1, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

These clowns would be nothing if the mainstream media did not allow itself to be completely manipulated...falling over themselves to give this ridiculous event "legs".

Posted by: peterscarter | December 1, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, you continue to make me laugh with your wonderful columns. Keep it up!

Oh, and these people are bottom-feeders, by the way.

Posted by: andrewgerst@hotmail.com | December 1, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Where to begin?! This interview was such a joke - and not a funny one, either. The most egregious item by far is the way they kept stating, in such an affected, somber tone, that they were "cooperating fully with the Secret Service" and "working with them" to get all the answers - trying to sound as though they were not the target of the investigations, but credible sources of information. Puh-leeeeze! Even these poseurs cannot pull of such a laughable spin.

The most annoying visual of this interview was Michaele's constant looking down and to her right, where without a doubt the monitor was positioned, to ensure that she was sucking in her cheeks to just the right degree.

Tureq Syndrome: An uncontrolled compulsion to seek the spotlight, and the inability to see yourself for what you really are.

Posted by: SurlyGirly | December 1, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Let's see....
They couldn't get an invitation so that they thought they'd worm their way in through contacts behind the scenes who apparently had no authority to do so and, vehemently deny that these folks were led astray.
Now it's their lawyer's fault. A third rate lawyer had the power and connections to invite them to these and other events they crashed himself. Uh huh.
Then its their publicist's fault for allowing rumours to get out regarding their bid for cash for an interview. A publicist? These second rate loonies require a publicist?
They now have legal representation from the same lawyer who apparently "invited" them to these events. Hmmm, he must have missed the conflict 101 course at Howard. Either way, he's well advised to get cash up front.
They now claim that their lives have been destroyed. I'm pretty sure that all of the folks they've stiffed along the way, including ostensibly, his parents, have a very different opinion.

Posted by: newporter | December 1, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Why did Matt lower his dignity to interview these loosers??? Wow what a world full of nuts

Posted by: lildg54 | December 1, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Matt Lauer has no dignity. The Today Show has become a steaming pile of "The View" excrement since Katie Couric left. The only real news on NBC is the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams - period!

Posted by: BenThere | December 1, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Matt Lauer did a piss poor job of interviewing the perpetrating Salahis. He never asked them the most fundamental question- Did you have an invitation to the State Dinner ? Matt Lauer and NBC should never have sunken to the level of those two slugs.

Posted by: ellislawoffice | December 1, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed early on that Michaele, when asked by the salon employees to show them the invitation, said that it's not in my bag, it must be in the car? Now they are trying to claim that it was an email that led them to belive they were invited.

Right there shows they are lying. They are habitual liares that need to be held accountable and incarcerated.

Matt Lauer should have asked them about that.

Posted by: gmoney5 | December 1, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Talk about beating a dead horse, enough is enough about these people! Personally, I don't give a rat's a** and I doubt whether anyone else does too.

Posted by: MICA77 | December 1, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The sad fact of the matter is if ratings for this stuff dried up they wouldn't do it. They don't even need a majority of the population to make it worth their while, only 10-20 million out of the 300 million people who live in America need to tune in to keep advertising dollars flowing in. They can always count on 10-20 million human chimps to sit, slack jawed infront of a tv stuffing their fat faces with high fructose corn syrup and fat with salt all over it to fill their pockets with cash. It's sad, did anyone catch the discussion on Discovery Channel about Arti? The recent discovery that re-wrote human evolution? Naw, I didn't think so. Kidding, maybe.

Posted by: jrcel | December 1, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

You've got to give the Salahi's credit. And I do for a scam well-pulled off. I see roles such as Newman and Redford in The Sting for them in their future.

Posted by: Emcdoj | December 1, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

It would be great if they got charged and went to prison though. Seems like thats where they belong.

Posted by: 123cartoon | December 1, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I would love to meet the President of the United States but I would never cause such a stir just to say I was at a white house party. If any laws were broken they should be inforced to the ninth degree. Shame on anyone that would embarass our President in front of a world leader and guest.

Posted by: Tmelton2cincirrcom | December 1, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I had lunch with Ms. Salahi just 2 months ago...yeah...she asked if I could pick up the tab.

Posted by: cbmuzik | December 1, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

fr KarimAbdulTares:

>For crying out loud, it was a prank, not an assassination attempt....

It could easily have turned into an assassination. They deserve to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, AND serve prison time.

Posted by: Alex511 | December 1, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

People keep saying Lauer didn't ask the hard questions. They were on twice, in the first half hour for about a minute and then a long interview in the second half hour.
He asked them point blank if they had an invitation and they danced around about some information they will reveal.
Do you expect the interviewer to slap them on the air? You ask the questions, live, and hear the answers and viewers make up their minds. It was a good interview.

Posted by: kls1 | December 1, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

In the 60's commentors called TV Land the "Great Wasteland" and they had never heard of today's reality TV formats.
Milton Bearle, Ed Sullivan, Phil Silvers, Jack Benny,Bojangles, Sandman, Duke Ellington those early pioneers are rolling over in their graves, what a sorry state American entertainment has become. A great legacy trashed, like our Constitution for the convienience and fame for the moment.

Posted by: tniederberger | December 1, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Why is this such a big deal?

Posted by: ouvan59 | December 1, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I had the unfortunate experience a few years ago of running afoul of an actual "confidence man" (to use an old phrase). He was absolutely amazing in the way he could attribute statements to others that had the ring of veracity, but were actually lies. Trying to pin him down on anything --- after I figured out I was being scammed --- was nearly impossible.

As I listen to these two dissemble and mumble in wide eyed innocence, I can see they share all the same charateristics of my confidence man.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | December 1, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I wonder who is paying their bill at the Four Seasons? And did the salons that keep doing Michaele's hair ever get paid? They're called "grifters".

Posted by: beachie | December 1, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever been on her facebook page? That woman has never dressed that discreetly in her life! They are tacky and the ultimate definition of narcassism . We have wonderful men and women dying in Iraq and Afghanistan - the media needs to focus our attention on important issues--not waste time on these losers.

Posted by: taylordr | December 1, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

These people are lowlifes and I hope there's enough evidence for them to get jail time; at the very least, I'd like for their lives to be a livingn hell for quite some time.

In addition to them being just plain disgusting, the thing that really irritates me is how the woman places her hand on Vice President Biden's chest. She has no sense of propriety and she clearly has no sense of respect for a vice president and also another woman's husband. She also did it in a picture with President Clinton. Doesn't matter what your political persuasion, this is just disrespectful. If that had been my husband, I would have pulled out her ratty hair extensions.

I used to like Matt Lauer but he has turned into a ho. Interestingly, this happened just about the time that Meredith arrived.

Posted by: whodunit | December 1, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Shame on The Today Show ! Do NOT keep giving these crass, vulgar, trashy people a forum. I would never watch a TV program they were on. They make me want to go take a shower. Yuk !!

Posted by: inmanorj | December 1, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Are these two party crashers or part of law enforcement? If you heard the interview they sound like they are working WITH the Secret Service on the incident not being investigated by them.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | December 1, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

On the positive side we have had a very realistic test of the White House Security system and things should improve from here on out. After the security system has improved and some of their people have been straightened out maybe we can drop the whole subject.

Posted by: AL14 | December 1, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how Tareq would feel if we all crashed Michaele's private parts uninvited!

Posted by: VeloStrummer | December 1, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

yes, because she is blond had a lot to do with these interlopers being waved right in.
had this been a well dressed black couple you can bet they would be scrutinized to the fullest.
also had this been a black or brown couple they would be under the jail now.
throw those grifters in jail, no plea bargain like the balloon boy family.
somebody show some kahunas.

Posted by: ninnafaye | December 1, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

If a plane flies into the fly zone, security is all over it...with an attack plane flying close by escorting the person out, a full-fledge investigation, and threatened loss of privileges. This obnoxious couple, and anyone associated with letting them breach security should not be treated leniently. At best the incident showed negligence on the part of the President's security detail and breach of basic security procedures by the the couple.

Posted by: las100 | December 1, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Just one more government program, please. Let's establish a federal boarding house for crooks whose prison sentences were forgiven by Pastor/Governor Huckabee.

Let's make this couple the resident managers in charge of collecting rent.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | December 1, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Put Big Boy in jail for 10 years. He could stand being on a strict diet. Put Blondie in jail for 10 years. Let's see what her real hair color is. The audacity of these criminals barking that they're the victims. Let them crash in a cell for 10 years. NOTHING LESS. Then give them their reality show from a jail cell and all proceeds go to charity. That works for me!

Posted by: shbrown1 | December 1, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I would like to propose the addition of a new verb to the English language: to salahi.

It would be defined as weaseling your way into an event, function or even a job which you have absolutely no business being involved with.

It should be reserved for situations in which there is a vast difference in ability, class or station between the individual doing the weaseling and their target.

For example:
"Dude, I didn't even graduate from high school, but I salahied my way into the Georgetown reunion ball. Sweet!"

Or:
"Man, I was drunk in college for 4 years straight, but a hacker changed my grades and I salahied my way into MIT!"

Or:
"I've never even had a job before, but they mixed someone else's resume up with mine, and now I'm the CEO. Major salahiing on my part!"

Thanks, Mr. and Mrs. Salahi for adding a new needed word to the language. Who says that lying narcissistic sociopaths have nothing to contribute to society?

Salahi ya later!

Posted by: dionysianmadness | December 1, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I would like to propose the addition of a new verb to the English language: to salahi.

It would be defined as weaseling your way into an event, function or even a job which you have absolutely no business being involved with.

It should be reserved for situations in which there is a vast difference in ability, class or talent between the individual doing the weaseling and their target.

For example:
"Dude, I didn't even graduate from high school, but I salahied my way into the Georgetown reunion ball. Sweet!"

Or:
"Man, I was drunk in college for 4 years straight, but a hacker changed my grades and I salahied my way into MIT!"

Or:
"I've never even had a job before, but they mixed someone else's resume up with mine, and now I'm the CEO. Major salahiing on my part!"

Thanks, Mr. and Mrs. Salahi for adding a new needed word to the language. Who says that lying narcissistic sociopaths have nothing to contribute to society?

Salahi ya later!

Posted by: dionysianmadness | December 1, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The BLONDE made me do it !!

Posted by: andyd79 | December 1, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

It is obvious to so many people, except the media it seems, that these people are just looking to do anything to get their names in the headlines. The scary thing is that the media can't see that. And then for these people to claim that they are the victims, please. Throw the book at them, put them in jail for a very long time and stop reporting on them (which would hurt them more than putting them in jail).

This was a dangerous act that they did, and if they think that their lives have been ruined what about the people who will lose their jobs over this? The Secret Service does an amazing job and somehow were lied to by these people. They obviously falsely represented themselves to a federal agent, so put the handcuffs on them for that alone. Let alone the danger that they put the President in. This is something that the people of the United States need to stand up and say they are not willing to take and that this couple needs to be harshly punished.

Posted by: corona001500 | December 2, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

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