Michaele & Tareq Salahi's 15 Minutes of Whatever

Real Estate Agent with RLAH Real Estate AB95346

How have I gone all this time without doing a post about this Virginia couple's 15 minutes of fame.

Yes, I'm talking about Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the Virginia couple who allegedly crashed the state dinner to honor the Indian Prime Minister,  Manmohan Singh.  And they both looked pretty stunning.  She wore a gorgeous red and gold lehenga, and he was quite dashing in his formal black tie get up.  They totally looked like they belonged there.

They managed to work their way past the Secret Service and rub elbows with bunches of people in high places who'd actually been invited to the event.

They attended the cocktail reception and had photos taken with President Obama, Vice President Biden, our very cool mayor, Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle, Katie Couric and some other famous Americans.  Then, after making their way into the tent where the sit down dinner was about to be served (and where, of course, there were no seats for them), they discretely left.

When you do something like this and get caught, every tacky thing you've ever done in your entire life comes to light.

  • Michaele reportedly ticked off Donald Trump by falsely claiming to be a former Miss USA.
  • When the Tariq’s got married, the woman who owns the shop where she bought her beautiful designer wedding gown alleges she got stiffed by the couple.
  • The Washington Post reported that Michaele started to practice her party crashing skills a couple of months ago when she showed up at a gathering of ex-Redskinettes, the cheerleaders who root the home team on and perform at half time.  She was busted when she was unable to do even the most basic cheering routines, and someone checked her credentials.  Oops.
  • Someone in Maryland is suing them over an alleged $13,000 bounced check for booze they served at a Montgomery County polo match.  They are really into polo.
  • They allegedly tried to stiff their gardener, who took them to court in Virginia.  Tareq had to turn over his Patek Phillipe watch to settle the debt.  Hope it was real and not a knock off.

Since the incident, there have been big time inquiries about how they could have breezed their way past the Secret Service - the White House's formidable gate keepers.  But there was one invitation they declined.  The couple did not appear, as requested, at a Congressional investigation.  And there are questions about whether or not they actually did anything illegal.

As this goofy tale of chutzpa plays itself out, I do hope the White House and Secret Service work things out so our president is really protected.  The Salahis might have done us all a favor by showing how much we need to tighten up access.

Comments (17)

Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

These two do seem to be a piece of work don't they?  I can't imagine having the gall to crash a White House event.  Crazy!

Dec 04, 2009 12:34 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

And the sad part is these people are going to earn millions from all the interviews.  I really don't want to see one more second of their faces on T.V.

Dec 04, 2009 12:35 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


This is a very strange story, Now imagine that these would be not a party crashes piece of work, but well trained and determied killers.

Dec 04, 2009 12:45 PM
Kathy Knight
Intracoastal Realty Corp - Wilmington, NC

The Salahi's did have their 15 minutes and overworked them but you shared more stories to show their  tackiness did not begin at the White House party... Unbelieveable Patricia...

Dec 04, 2009 12:57 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

One thing I can say about them, they have big ones. But, I am not interested, not one bit. I hope, as you said, this gives the Secret Service and White House staff a lesson that will tighten security better. But these jokesters make me sick.

So there, LOL.

Dec 04, 2009 01:23 PM
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources.

Absolutely astonishing that post 911 someone could have such easy access to a state dinner at the White House!

Dec 04, 2009 01:24 PM
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

Pretending to be a Redskin cheerleader is the last straw . Give them the Queen of Hearts treatment on forward movement.

Dec 04, 2009 01:37 PM
Kathleen Cooper
Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Worcester, MA
Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner

Wow, I need to watch more tv!  LOL



Dec 04, 2009 01:47 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Stacey Ann, one reason this one fascinates me is that once many years ago, I found myself in the White House without proper credentials.  It was Bush I and I probably wouldn't have wound up on the news, but it was the scariest 30 minutes of my life.  Another blog.

Jane, I don't think they've made a dime on it, to their chagrin.

Jon and Andrea, this might be their contribution to White House security.

Kathy, and before they crashed the party, few people knew.

Judy, I don't think it's as tight as in the last administration, but this is crazy.

Claude, I dunno.  What about claiming to be a former Miss USA?  I thought that was amazing because it's so easy to check.

And Kathleen, not really!  You're probably doing more constructive things.

Dec 04, 2009 02:05 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

They will when the dust dies down.

Dec 04, 2009 03:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Pat - I saw the original story, which I glanced at, but I have been far too busy to pay any attention. It does, however, raise some questions, doesn't it?!


Dec 04, 2009 03:54 PM
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Maybe the Obamas will have to abandon their plan for holding very few state dinners.  Having more might mean the White House can get more practice at getting organized.

Their social secretary was at a table parties instead of running the door.  And the Secret Service has now made it no secret that they can be fooled.

Dec 04, 2009 05:28 PM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Someone was asleep at the wheel at the Whte House and I'm sure before it is over a head or two will roll.  They may have brought more attention to themselves than they wanted to or should have. 

Dec 04, 2009 11:10 PM
Jane Cross
Homes By Cross serving Charlotte NC Real Estate Needs - Charlotte, NC

Pat, I think Michelle should have married balloon boy's dad...they seem like they would be better matched than their current spouses. And, you are right, they did SS a favor by pointing out the loophole...had it been anthrax, we would be without the who's who in DC, right now.

Dec 05, 2009 09:40 AM
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Pat... I hope the media turns down the spotlight on these people.  It seems the ONLY reason people do this is to get attention and then the media rewards them for their reckless behavior by giving them just that.  By their actions, these people have made our entire country look like fools on the world stage and the best punishment they can be given IMHO is to simply deny them the media attention they seem to crave!

Dec 05, 2009 11:08 AM
Carol Culkin
Diamond Partners Inc - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

Pat - Questionable character is an understatement.  Your last sentence says it all.  Thank goodness some light was shed on the breech of security and this could make our President an even safer man in the future.

Dec 07, 2009 07:15 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Pat - wow, that was a lot of information about two people I am glad I will never meet -

Dec 07, 2009 07:43 AM