Couple Seeking Fame Crashes Obama’s 1st State Dinner

November 26, 2009

(ChattahBox) — In a stunt that was as daring as cat burglars, or desperate for celebrity as Spencer and Heidi Pratt, a couple got in to Tuesday’s state dinner at the White House, without an invitation.  Tareq and Michaele Salahi, auditioning to be part of the cast of a reality show called “The Real Housewives of DC,” pulled off the party crash of the year. 

The Salahis, who are described as “polo-playing socialites,” swept past the camera crews and reporters camped out to catch the red-carpet arrivals and managed to slip into Tuesday night’s state dinner at the White House even though they were not on the guest list, agency spokesman Ed Donovan said.

Michaele Salahi a former Redskins cheerleader, used her Facebook page to post pictures of the couple posing with Vice President Joe Biden and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as well as Katie Couric, Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Bollywood composer AR Rahman and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, indicate that the couple had up-close access to some of Washington’s elite, but they were carefully screened for weapons like all guests supposedly minimizing the danger to the president.  However such a breech of security at such a prestigious White House event is perhaps unprecedented. A Secret Service checkpoint “did not follow proper procedures” to determine if the two were on the guest list for the dinner, said Edwin M. Donovan, a Secret Service special agent, in a statement.  The Salahi’s might not get away with this stunt unscathed, if they told security that they were invited knowing full well they weren’t, it could bring a felony charge.


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