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Couple Snuck Into Obama’s State Dinner

From a bemused Washington Post:

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) greets Michaele Salahi (C) and her husband Tareq (R) during a state dinner for India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (L) at the White House in this official White House photo taken November 24, 2009 and released November 27, 2009.

Who are these people? The climbers at the gate

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Friday, November 27, 2009

Michaele Salahi spent seven hours in a posh Georgetown salon getting ready for her big night out. She was going to the White House for the Obamas’ first state dinner. Creating the perfect hair and makeup for the glamorous blonde for such a special occasion would take time, of course. But then there were the cameras, the takes and retakes.

The Northern Virginia socialite was being taped by a production crew for Bravo cable channel’s forthcoming "The Real Housewives of Washington."

"It was a lot of schmoozing with the staff," James Packard-Gomez, CEO of Erwin Gomez Salon, said Thursday, explaining why the hair and makeup session lasted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The salon was abuzz because Michaele and her husband, Tareq, were among the 320 VIPs invited to join the president and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. "They were asking, ‘So, what do you think of them getting invited to this?’ "

The stylist doing Michaele’s hair asked to see the White House invitation, Packard-Gomez said. "She starts rummaging through her purse, and then said, ‘It must be out in the car.’ "

Would the film crews get into the White House, too? " ‘We tried,’ " he says she told them, " ‘but they wouldn’t let them in.’ "

But the White House says there never was an invitation. Somehow the aspiring reality-TV stars managed to get themselves in Tuesday night and were photographed with Vice President Biden and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, causing an international uproar about security at the executive mansion.

The Secret Service said the Salahis crashed the party and that the agency is investigating how the couple penetrated presidential security. The Salahis’ attorney, Paul W. Gardner, posted a statement on the couple’s Facebook page: "My clients were cleared, by the White House, to be there. More information is forthcoming."

The Salahis did not respond to e-mails Thursday. But their publicist, Mahogany Jones, said in an e-mail: "We will be addressing this specifically with several media platforms." Meanwhile, CNN announced that the now-famous couple would appear on "Larry King Live" on Monday night

It is still unclear whether the couple managed to meet or be photographed with President Obama, Michelle Obama or the guest of honor. Guests went through a formal receiving line in the Blue Room before dinner, but a White House official said Thursday that he did not know if the couple went through the line. India’s embassy did not respond to a call for comment.

This is not the first time the Salahis have represented themselves as power players: On the couple’s joint Facebook account are pictures of them in the first family’s glass-enclosed viewing area after the inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

"Tareq & Michaele were honored to be invited to President Obamas private viewing box at the Lincoln Memorial," the posting reads. "Naturally this picture was taken after his departure . . . The glass is not only bullet proof, but also electrified. Never try to touch this special protective glass." …

People who attend exclusive Washington parties with administration or congressional insiders say the Salahis haven’t been seen there; Tareq gave just $1,600 in political contributions ($600 to George Allen, $1,000 to Jim Moran) over the past nine years

The Secret Service said Thursday that its procedures to ensure a tight bubble of security around the White House were not followed for the state dinner when the couple entered with other guests on the southeast side of the White House, but the agency did not provide details. "We’re being intentionally vague on that," said spokesman Ed Donovan. "All we are saying is that procedures we have in place weren’t followed."

What great security, huh?

By the way, notice the names of the perps.

Could it be that the Secret Service were too concerned about being accused of profiling if they had questioned Michelle and Tareq Salahi?

Who cares that he is a member of the so-called American Task Force On Palestine.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 27th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Couple Snuck Into Obama’s State Dinner”

  1. BillK says:

    From myfoxdc.com:

    Virginia Couple Crashed State Dinner

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – There are big questions about how a couple from Virginia was able to crash the party at President Obama’s first State Dinner on Tuesday. The two apparently were cleared though security even though the Secret Service didn’t know they weren’t on the guest list.

    The Secret Service might not have known who Tareq and Michaele Salahi were, but folks who live near their hometown near Linden, Virginia do, and they are reacting with a mixture of shock and amazement at what the couple pulled off at the White House.

    The ultimate party crash happened during President and Mrs. Obama’s first State Dinner for the Prime Minister of India, and mingling in amongst the Katie Courics and Steven Spielbergs and of course, the heads of state, in strolled the Salahis. She was looking fabulous, he was in a tux– but neither one of them had the one important accessory one needs for a White House dinner: an invitation.

    Michaele and Tareq Salahi didn’t have invitations because they weren’t invited. The two even posted facebook pictures of themselves hobnobbing with the White House chief of staff, Katie Couric, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and even the vice president of the United States.

    Tim McDermott, publisher of the Warren Report newspaper has covered the couple and their financially-troubled winery in northwestern Virginia, who he describes as social scene regulars and reality show wannabes.

    “Nobody seems surprised that they could pull this off,” said McDermott. “I’ve been to the White House. You have normally– there is some ID check or something is going on.”

    Despite embarrassment, the Secret Service says the couple did pass through metal detectors and the safety of the President was never at risk, but added, “Initial findings identified a Secret Service checkpoint which did not follow proper procedures.”

    One new procedure almost certainly on the way is to ask to see an invitation before you let somebody into the President’s party. …


    Nice to see the Secret Service is on the ball.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    These two crash a State Dinner at the same time Barry is frying the CIA and 3 Navy SEALS.
    What’s that smell?
    Did the Secret Service just jump into an already crowded frying pan?

  3. Petronius says:

    To be fair, providing security to this President must present new challenges for the Secret Service.

    When you have a President who spent his life hobnobbing with Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Louis Farrakhan, Tony Rezko, Frank Marshall Davis, and the Reverend Saint Dr. Jeremiah Wright –– well, really, how are the Secret Service agents supposed to tell the good guys from the bad guys?

    • proreason says:

      They can ask whether they support our Constitution.

      If the answer is no, they’re a Friend of Obama.

      If the answer is yes, they have to be kept away from boy king.

    • Petronius says:

      Maybe that’s why no Republicans were invited to the soiree.

      Even though it was supposed to be the first “state dinner” in Nerobama’s wonderful new Age of Bipartisanship.

  4. proreason says:

    How fitting.

    Frauds crash the Fraud in Chief’s party.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    After reading Aldrich’s book “Unlimited Access”, it’s pretty clear that the democrats hate the Secret Service and did everything they could to undermine their duties.

    Given that this administration is at least ten times worse than the Clintons, it’s my estimation that virtually no one on the White House staff has been vetted or investigated at all. This makes it difficult, nay, impossible for the Secret Service to determine who can and who cannot have access to the president or presidential functions. In other words, the blame rests squarely on the president himself.

    The expected course of events though will be that certain Secret Service agents will be disciplined and “terminated with extreme prejudice” which, of course, on the positive side, will allow them free reign to talk about certain things. They will have to sign the usual disclosure statement before their terminations but there are ways around that.

    In the short run, the WH will do damage control but in the long run the damage to the WH and one person in particular will be very great. The two idiots who did the publicity stunt should no doubt be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law…but unfortunately, the agents who were most likely TOLD to let them in will be hung by their thumbs.

  6. Chuckk says:

    Affirmative Action security for our Affirmative Action President.

  7. Tater Salad says:

    I’m not to sure that this whole Party Crashing thing was “stagged” by the Obama people and these two loons and here is why:


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