… How’s this for a headline…
“Couple Crashes White House Dinner.”
Aren’t we paying someone to keep that from happening?
Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashed the White House State Dinner welcoming the Indian Bigshots to Washington.
They had their picture taken with the President, and shook his hand.
They chatted him up.
Where were all the guys with the dark glasses, black suits, and ear phones?
They made the rounds, met a few people, had a drink, dinner, schmoozed…
…it was fun!
Well, the Secret Service, who quite frankly was at fault, says their might be a criminal investigation.
Paul Gardner, their lawyer says “It is unclear what the couple told officers at the checkpoint…” that allowed them to go through the security screening. He later posted a comment on their Facebook page saying his clients were cleared by the White House to be at the dinner. Cleared through the gate and making it through a metal detector doesn’t equal invited.
Now, I’ve never been to a White House Dinner, and I’m thinkin’ that’s probably not going to change, but aren’t there place cards? (Martha Stewart could only hope so!) I really can’t see this gal plopping down in Hillary’s seat, and Tareq looks nothing like Bill Clinton. Where did they sit? Whom did they bump? Are there always a few extra seats at a White House Dinner? And if so, can I get one?
Apparently, Michaele (yes, that is the way she spells it) is a “Real Housewives of DC” wannabe.
On her Facebook page, she posted this – “I was honored to be invited to attend the First State Dinner hosted by President Obama & the First Lady to honor India. In June 2010, the America’s Polo Cup will be between INDIA & the UNITED STATES. Please join me in this cultural celebration of politics, diplomacy, fashion, sports, entertainment & family fun.”
Hey, Michaele, you weren’t invited.
They’re Polo People BTW…and I’m not talkin’ Ralph Lauren Polo.
Tareq is of Palestinian origin, is a mover and shaker in the DC area, and was tapped by the Governor of VA to promote Virginia Wine. In case you didn’t know, the old tobacco land is really great for growing grapes. Who knew?
He plays polo, grew up helping his dad in their winery, and graduated from The University of California, Davis. Business and oenology (wine stuff). He was on the board of directors of American Task Force on Palestine. Which is a do nothing group “that felt Palestinians should disregard grassroots political organizing and put on suits”. I’m not even sure what that means!!
He is reportedly involved in as many as 15 civil suits, and one more may be on the way. Or possibly a Federal one.
They also run a charity, Journey For A Cure (which I thought was a band). The Commonwealth of Virginia State Attorney General Bill Mims told reporter Alex Bogdonovich (no relation to Peter, and not the sports star) of The Fauquier Times-Democrat in May 2009 that the Salahis’ charitable organization, Journey for a Cure, was not registered with the State Corporation Commission and warned givers that the State “could not be assured that funds were being spent for charitable purposes. ” (Please do not mistake this one for Journey for THE Cure, which is legit.)
So, should we be surprised? Not really.
Michaele and Tareq Salahi’s lives are a spectacle. 28 bridesmaids and groomsmen at the wedding for starters. Now, they are shopping an interview on TV. They bailed on Larry King. Not enough cash?
The security is the worst part. President Obama should be totally ticked off at the Secret Service guys. And, if Mrs. Obama wants to throw a hissy, I say go ahead, Oprah’s ready when you are!
BTW, I’ll let you know if Michaele adds me as a friend on Facebook…