It seems like just last Friday the White House was invaded by a hairsprayed blonde interloper but in fact it was in 2009 when Real Housewife of D.C. Michaele Salahi and her husband Tareq crashed a State Dinner with Bravo cameras in tow.
Although their run on reality television is over (for now) after The Real Housewives of D.C. was canceled last year, White House gate-crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi have managed to remain in tabloid headlines, captivating the nation with tales of their divorce that involve kidnapping, adultery, Journey, and a dead…
Tareq Salahi of White House party-crashing fame is claiming that his wife Michaele has been kidnapped. Even worse, she's apparently being forced to tell people she's okay.
Proving conclusively that they have no shame, White House crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi were stopped by Secret Service last night trying to enter "a restricted area near the White House." Michaele wore mink. [ABC]
Post-White House party-crash, says Tareq Salahi, "We have stayed quiet; we have stayed low key." That's why they're appearing on the next Real Housewives of D.C. And writing a book. And giving this interview. [Politico]
White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers says she'll quit next month, as "this is a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world." She made no mention of the Salahis. [Chicago Sun-Times]
• Cindy McCain has posed for an ad for the No H8 campaign - in 2008, John McCain endorsed the measure. Is there about to be a same sex marriage mutiny in the McCain household? •
A grand jury has begun investigating the White House crashers, beginning with their hair stylists. Before the party, the Salahis reportedly spent several hours at a hair salon, surrounded by Real Housewives crew. The stylists will testify Tuesday. [NYDailyNews, WaPo]
According to "sources," professional famewhores Michelle and Tareq Salahi have been offered $5,000 to host a party at a nightclub in Las Vegas. The Salahis will be playing host at Pure later this month. [NYP, TMZ]
As more details emerge about the Salahis' gate-crashing episode last month, the White House has apparently ordered social secretary Desiree Rogers to keep a low profile — and some think she may even be fired.
NBC has taken an online poll to see whether it should feature the Salahis on a reality show. Respondents could rate statements like, "They are train wreck characters who I would love to see more of." [Time]
Wait, what happened to "Washington, D.C. is suddenly hip again?" Because as of today, it's apparently somewhere between Windsor Castle, Imperial Japan, and one of those cotillions that requires both civilian and military escorts. For more sweeping generalizations, read on!
A lawyer for the Salahis informed the House Homeland Security Committee that his clients plan to plead the fifth if asked to testify before Congress. He claims the Salahis have been placed in a "treacherous legal environment." [CNN]
The latest on the most ridiculous couple in the nation: now they've got cheerleaders, tax authorities and their landscaper mad at them. "We are all fortunate that this diplomatic celebration did not become a night of horror," says one politico:
• This morning, during a Homeland Security Committee hearing, U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan said that the number of death threats that have been leveled against Obama are no greater than those received by Bush or Clinton. •
Tareq and Michaele Salahi were "invited" to testify before Congress today about their party-crashing ways, but they say they won't be appearing. Also not planning to show: White House social secretary Desiree Rogers.
Last night, late, great Jezebel editor Megan Carpentier and friends described the White-House-crashin' Salahis as "the Speidi of Washington." What does that make scapegoat Desiree Rogers: LC? Or, worse, Audrina - someone raising herself above her natural place and abilities?
The more Michaele and Tareq Salahi try to tell their story of how they were "invited" to the White House, the more it looks like Swiss cheese. After the jump, we take apart some of their most ridiculous assertions.
White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi went on the Today Show this morning to claim they were actually invited to last week's state dinner. Unsurprisingly, the White House and Secret Service disagree.
As the White House and Secret Service determine whose head should roll for admitting Tareq and Michaele Salahi to Tuesday's state dinner, more revelations about the Salahis make it clear that White House gatecrashing hasn't been their only misstep.