Who Are These White House Party Crashers?
I’m a little bit obsessed with Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the 40-something winery owning couple who crashed the Obama’s State Dinner last week. After photos of the pair at the event appeared on their Facebook page while the White House said they were not on the guest list, the Washington Post offered up a theory of how the two snuck in—they dressed up in event-appropriate attire, and faked shock at the security checkpoint when their names weren’t on the list until someone took pity on them since it was raining. Once whisked into the dinner, the couple had their names announced for photographers and shared drinks with legit guests like Joe Biden, Rahm Emanuel, and Katie Couric. Heck, Michaele even shook hands with Barack. And it looks like this might not be the first Obama event the couple crashed—Facebook photos show them in the Obamas’ glass-enclosed box at the pre-inauguration concert last year, and talking to Oprah at an inauguration event.
So what do we know about these two? That they own Oasis winery in Virginia, which they got after a big old legal tangle with Tareq’s parents. They are also big polo enthusiasts and sponsor the America’s Polo Cup tournament. We also know that Michaele, a former Redskins cheerleader, is being filmed and considered for “The Real Housewives of D.C.” And it turns out that, between the two of them, there have been 16 lawsuits filed against them—from a man who claims that they charged him $15K worth of bogus fees for his wedding at the winery to the Redskins’ FedEx arena, which claims the couple owes $224K for use of a suite there. Also interesting? The Oasis Winery filed for bankruptcy in February, and the couple has had an Aston Martin and a yacht repossesd in recent years. [CNN]
And while they are supposedly shopping around for big bucks for their first interviews, and could be facing charges for their State Dinner stunt, I say, Bravo, please bring these insane people to our television sets.