Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Michaele & Tareq Salahi crashes Party On White House With Obama

Michaele & Tareq Salahi crashes Party On White House With Obamao Hot Topics -- The party crashing, even making the Secret Service look into their own security procedures, after the two entered the State Dinner on Tuesday night at the White House. The pair even posing with Vice President Joe Biden and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for pictures that were later posted on Facebook. It also appears that they were surrounded by Washington’s elite without even being invited.

The couple never were at risk to President Barack Obama as they were put through the same security screening for weapons as the other 300 + guests, who were there to honour Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Donovan confirmed the identities of the couple. The Washington Post, which first reported on their evening out, said the Salahis were well-known in the Virginia horse-country set and were being considered for the Bravo reality TV show "Real Housewives of D.C." In an interview with the "CBS Early Show" in September, Michaele Salahi said, "President Obama has made it very accessible for anyone to visit the White House, so that's like a big thing right now."

The CBS interview was part of a segment on potential candidates for "Real Housewives of D.C." but never was aired. The Secret Service learned about the security breach Wednesday after a media inquiry prompted by the Salahis' online boasts about having attended the private event, Donovan said.
One of the many photos from the dinner posted on Michaele Salahi's Facebook page shows the couple with a smiling Vice President Joe Biden. In other photos, they appear alone or together with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty, CBS News anchor Katie Couric, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and three Marines in their dress blues.

Donovan would not comment on whether the couple had been contacted by the Secret Service, how long they were on the White House grounds or other details of the investigation. The Post said uninvited guests who got in could face a potential trespassing charge unless someone from inside the White House staff slipped them in.

The agency's Office of Professional Responsibility was reviewing what occurred. An initial finding indicated that a checkpoint did not follow proper procedures to ensure the two were on the guest list, Donovan said.

"It's important to note that they went through all the security screenings — the magnetometer screening — just like all the other guests did," Donovan said. And, he added, Obama and others under Secret Service protection had their usual security details with them at the dinner.

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