Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the “party crashers” at the White House state dinner last Tuesday, went on The Today Show this morning to tell their side of the story. Michaele has a really husky Lohan-esque voice and she seemed a little looped to me in the video, like she had some pharmaceutical courage to achieve the ideal state of numbness before the interview. Maybe she’s always like that. Tareq kind of stumbled over his words and came across like a bumbling idiot. He had to be saved by Michaele when he started repeating himself. Overall he didn’t say much except that he was cooperating with the secret service, that they have “documentation” that supposedly amounts to an invitation, and that the fallout was really negative for them.
The two claimed they had “documentation via e-mail” that they were allowed at dinner, but it took them a while to get to the point. They were very sheepish and kind of wishy-washy when it came to confirming whether they were invited. To me they were saying one thing but they looked guilty as hell and didn’t seem convinced they were tell telling the truth.
The Salahis didn’t say who invited them and never used the words “invited” or “tickets.” They also said they’re “devastated” and that their “lives have been destroyed” by the negative press. Michaele ridiculously stated that everything she’d worked for over the past 44 years was “destroyed.”
This isn’t the first time these two were caught crashing a Washington event. They were told to leave a $20,000 per table Congressional Black Caucus dinner where Obama was the featured speaker. A spokesperson for the Congressional Black Caucus confirms that the Salahis were asked to leave when they sat in another couple’s seats and couldn’t show tickets.
Tareq said he was invited to that CBC event by a law firm and was a “proud guest of theirs.” He called the story that they were escorted out “another gossip rumor just unfortunately like how this story got started through a gossip column.” That’s just one example of how he really tripped over his words.
The spokesperson for the Congressional Black Caucus says that Bravo, which puts out the show “The Real Housewives of DC,” requested permission to film during the dinner. They were denied, and now she thinks there’s a connection and that the Salahis were the intended subject. Michaele is reportedly gunning for a place on “Real Housewives.” The Associated Press reports that Michaele and Tareq were filmed by Bravo preparing for the state dinner they “allegedly” crashed.
This story gets a little weirder. There’s a statement from a Pentagon official denying that she invited the Salahis to the State Dinner and stating that she didn’t have the authority to do so anyway. Apparently the Salahis tried to wrangle an invite out of her and when she shot them down they went anyway:
It was revealed that they communicated with a senior Pentagon official about going to the event, but the official denied that she helped the couple get in.
Michele Jones, a special assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, said in a written statement issued through the White House that she never said or implied she would get the Salahis into the event.
“I specifically stated that they did not have tickets and in fact that I did not have the authority to authorize attendance, admittance or access to any part of the evening’s activities,” Jones said. “Even though I informed them of this, they still decided to come.”
[From AP via Google]
It looks like these two have a history of trying to manipulate and influence people. As Jaybird reported yesterday, one of their businesses is in bankruptcy and they’ve been either the plaintiff or defendant in no less than 16 lawsuits. Through sheer will and scheming the Salahis managed to show up at the White House and hobnob with the President, Vice President and Chief of Staff. They’ve been busted now, though, and they come across like teenagers trying to spin behavior they know is wrong. The Salahis also claimed that despite previous reports they didn’t get paid for their Today Show interview and never asked for any money. Yeah, and they didn’t crash the White House either. Maybe no one would pony up their fee.
Photos are from Facebook. Despite how “devastated” Michaele is, she still has a public Facebook account with plenty of pictures from the event.