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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post
    So they are black now too?


    I guess they only showed up there to stalk Obama again.

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    E-Mails Show Salahis Never Got White House State Dinner Invite From Pentagon


    Couple Had Claimed After E-Mails Came Out, They Would Be 'Completely Exonerated'


    By PIERRE THOMAS, DEVIN DWYER and YUNJI de NIES
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2009

    E-mails between the so-called state dinner crashers and a Pentagon official indicate the official was trying to get them in to the White House event, but did not succeed, according to the email chain obtained by ABC News.

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    Couple accused of crashing Obama's state dinner tell their side of the story.


    In the emails, Pentagon official Michele Jones told Tareq and Michaele Salahi that she was trying to get them access to the White House grounds, but never said she had received approval, contradicting the couple's claim today that they had emails proving they had been invited to the Nov. 24 gala.
    Appearing on NBC's "Today," the couple said they had been invited and were confident they could prove it.
    "I can tell you, we did not party-crash the White House," Tareq Salahi said. "We're going to show you documentation from e-mails that you'll get a chance to see. ... I am certain we're going to be completely exonerated."
    The emails support what White House officials said today, when they reiterated to ABC News that the Salahis were not invited. But the Salahis said they have emails that prove they had an invitation.
    The person the Salahis said wrote those emails, Michele S. Jones, special assistant to the Secretary of Defense, flatly denies their claim.



    "I did not state at any time, or imply that I had tickets for ANY portion of the evening's events," Jones said in a statement. "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. Even though I informed them of this, they still decided to come."
    Sources familiar with the emails said they suggest Jones may have agreed to at least check into the possibility of the Salahis attending the dinner. Those sources emphasize there is no record that anyone at the White House authorized the Salahis to come.

    "What concerns me the most is that someone was able to walk in off the street to a White House event, without the proper credentials, without the proper vetting, and get next to the president," said Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
    Thompson said he's hoping to clear up the story in a hearing he's called for Thursday. The head of the secret service and the Salahis have been called to testify.
    The Salahis said their lives have been "devastated" by news headlines characterizing them as disingenuous.
    "Our lives have been destroyed," said Michaele Salahi. "We were invited -- not crashers -- there isn't anyone that would have the audacity or the poor behavior to do that. The White House is THE house and no one would do that, and certainly not us."
    The couple said they were not paid by NBC for the interview.
    The Salahis' first television interview since the incident came as new details emerged about the couple's past and their interaction with administration officials in the days leading up to the state dinner.
    ABC News has learned that the couple also apparently crashed a Sept. 26 dinner for the Congressional Black Caucus and were asked to leave.



    Pictures from the dinner show Tareq and Michaele Salahi socializing with prominent figures, including Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., and television personality Starr Jones.
    This November 24, 2009 photo shows Tareq Salahi (R) and Michaele Salahi arriving for the State Dinner in honour of India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Bookseller's area of the White House in Washington, DC.
    (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    CBC Foundation spokeswoman Muriel Cooper told ABC News the Salahis were caught sitting out of place during the dinner.
    "The Salahis were sitting in our gold section without a ticket to that specific table. We had security escort them out," Cooper said. "We are currently checking to see if they actually had a ticket. Many times businesses and corporations buy tables and distribute the tickets to their guests, but we are unsure if that was the case in this situation."
    During their television interview Tuesday, Tareq Salahi denied that he and his wife crashed the CBC dinner, saying they were invited guests of the Gardner Law Group.
    "Were we escorted out? Of course not," he said. "That's another gossip rumor, just, unfortunately, how this story got started, through a gossip column."
    But Cooper told ABC News that the CBC Foundation does not have the Gardner Law Group, mentioned by the Salahis, listed as buying tickets to the Sept. 26 gala.
    Tareq Salahi's brother, Dr. Ismail Salahi, said he isn't surprised by the allegations and that the couple has a history of bold behavior to attract attention.



    "I was shocked, but I definitely don't put it past him and his wife to do something like this," Ismail Salahi said. He said the White House dinner crash is just the latest in a pattern for his badly-behaving brother and his wife.
    "Anybody who digs a little bit on them will find they love media attention. They love the press," he said.
    On CNN's "Larry King Live" Monday night, the couple's friends came to their defense.
    "[Michaele] did say she was officially invited to the state dinner. However, I never saw the invitation," friend Theresa Foss-Conlan told King. "I know that she had correspondence with the social secretary about the attire…she had her on some type of list."

    Now, White House social secretary Desiree Rogers is facing scrutiny of her own.
    Critics say Rogers broke protocol, failing to station staff members at the gate, checking guest lists alongside the Secret Service -- a practice that has been standard for years.
    "You always saw the social secretary right when you came in -- she's the first person you saw after security," Carol Joynt, Washington columnist for the New York Social Diary, told ABC News.
    This morning, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs weighed in on the situation, telling "Good Morning America's" Diane Sawyer that White House security procedures are being reviewed.



    Gibbs Says Security Review Underway

    "We will do everything in our power to make sure that going forward, whether it's procedures here at the White House or Secret Service, that we adequately address any shortcomings that are identified, and ensure the safety and security, not just of the president but anyone who comes here to the White House," said Gibbs.



    As for the president, Gibbs said he was very concerned about what happened but has confidence in the Secret Service.

    "All involved want to figure out what happened and what we can do to ensure something like this doesn't happen again," Gibbs said.
    The Secret Service is taking full responsibility for the security breach saying the agency is "embarrassed" and "deeply concerned."
    ABC News' David Chalian contributed to this report.

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    I'll bet they don't sneak in again, eh?

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    "I can tell you, we did not party-crash the White House," Tareq Salahi said. "We're going to show you documentation from e-mails that you'll get a chance to see. ... I am certain we're going to be completely exonerated."
    They actually thought e-mails saying that they weren't invited would prove that they were? This circus gets better and better.

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    Party crashers’ e-mails gush with gratitude
    Were Salahis genuinely confused about state dinner invitation? Maybe
    By Laura T. Coffey
    TODAYShow.com contributor
    updated 4:53 a.m. PT, Wed., Dec . 2, 2009

    Let’s say you had a well-connected buddy who was trying to get you into the hottest party of the year. It wasn’t going to be easy, but she assured you she’d keep pursuing it — and she even requested all of your personal information, including your Social Security number, so you could get cleared by security before the big event.

    E-mail messages released to TODAY (http://media.msnbc.com/i//MSNBC/Comp...new/emails.pdf)reveal that something along those lines happened in the mysterious case of the White House party crashers.

    One of the alleged crashers — Tareq Salahi, 41, of northern Virginia — exchanged e-mails and phone calls over a period of four days with a high-ranking government official about the possibility of attending at least part of President Barack Obama’s first state dinner.

    “Thank you!!!” Salahi wrote after being asked to provide information for the security check. “We are really looking forward to it.”

    The official — Michele Jones, a special assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a Pentagon-based White House liaison — said she was trying to get Salahi and his wife, Michaele Salahi, access to an “arrival ceremony” tied to the state dinner.

    “Hopefully I can get tickets for the Arrival Ceremony,” Jones wrote to Tareq Salahi on Nov. 20. “The State Dinner is completely closed and has been for awhile. As soon as I know, I will contact you.”

    Salahi replied three minutes later with another note of gratitude.

    “Hi Michele. Thank you for this. ... We are honored to take part of the Arrival Ceremony.”

    Understandably confused?
    Ever since the party crasher story began mushrooming over the holiday weekend, the Salahis have been under an intense media spotlight. Much of the focus has been on whether the Salahis had a formal, confirmed invitation to the state dinner — and if they didn’t, how they were able to make their way inside and hobnob with some of the most powerful people on the planet.

    The answer to the question of whether they had a confirmed invitation is simple: No.

    But could the Salahis have felt justified showing up at the White House that night to attend part of the festivities? Maybe.

    As far as they knew, their fate was still up for debate as late as last Tuesday, the day of the state dinner.

    “The arrival ceremony (was scheduled to be outdoors) was canceled due to inclement weather,” Jones e-mailed at 8:46 a.m. that day. “They are having a very small one inside the WH very limited space. I am still working on tickets for tonight's dinner. I will call or e-mail as soon as I get word one way or another.”

    The e-mail record indicates that Tareq Salahi thought it made sense for him to attend an event honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Salahi’s e-mail signature describes him as the United States Team Captain for America’s Polo Cup and touts “India vs. USA — World Cup 2010,” an event to be hosted in Washington, D.C., next June.

    Paul Gardner, an attorney for America’s Polo Cup, played a role in trying to get the Salahis access to the state dinner. Gardner’s name also comes up in the e-mail exchanges.

    The Salahis’ attorneys released the e-mail messages to TODAY to shed light on their clients’ side of the story. On Tuesday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told TODAY that the Salahi matter was being looked into “criminally.”

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    For her part, Jones tried to call the Salahis later on the day of the state dinner to let them know that she wasn’t able to get tickets for them after all. Tareq Salahi said his cell-phone battery died and he never got Jones’ message.

    That night the Salahis showed up at the White House, where they said they stood in line at multiple security checkpoints. They said they showed their passports to three Secret Service agents, who compared the Salahis’ IDs against their own paperwork. After the security checks, the Salahis were allowed to enter the party and mingle and have photo ops with the president and vice president.

    “I just assumed, like everyone else, that they were guests. They acted like they knew everyone in the room,” Vice President Joe Biden told Meredith Vieira Wednesday morning.

    Biden said he didn’t know the couple, and didn’t remember having a photo taken with them until he saw it later during news coverage of the incident.

    “I just assumed they were part of the social fabric of Washington, but I didn’t know who they were until I saw them on the television.”

    The Salahis didn’t stay for the dinner; instead, they drove back home. That’s when Tareq Salahi said he plugged in his cell phone and heard Jones’ message. He promptly hopped online and sent Jones the following e-mail message at 1:03 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25:

    Hi Michele,

    You are an Angel!

    My cell phone battery died early this evening while we were in DC from our country home, so I just got your message now after driving back out. But obviously it worked out at the end. ... We ended up going to the gate to check in at 6:30 p.m. to just check, in case it got approved since we didn't know, and our name was indeed on the list! :-) We are very grateful, and God Bless you.

    We just got home, and we had a very wonderful evening as you can imagine!

    Look forward to seeing you very soon. Say when for dinner — we can't wait to see you and catch up and share memories of a true lifetime.

    With Love,

    Tareq & Michaele Salahi
    A cheery reply
    In the wake of the party crasher scandal, Jones has had to explain her e-mail exchanges with the Salahis.

    “I did not state at any time, or imply that I had tickets for ANY portion of the evening’s events,” Jones said in a statement released Monday by the White House. “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. Even though I informed them of this, they still decided to come.”


    Her reply to Salahi’s 1:03 a.m. message struck a different — and much more friendly — tone. The White House said Jones responded with warmth to be polite, noting she assumed the couple must have obtained tickets in some other way.

    Jones sent this message to Salahi at 1:38 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25:

    Tareq,

    You are most welcome! I here [sic] the smile in your e-mail and am delighted that you and Michaele had a wonderful time. :-)

    Have an extraordinary Thanksgiving and many blessings to you both!

    Much love,

    Michele
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    It's kinda sound like Michele Jones may have actually screwed up a bit...

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    I don't understand why Michele Jones was trying to get tickets for them in the first place. They're nobodys.
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    Va. launches probe into business entity run by Salahis

    By Neely Tucker
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, December 3, 2009 10:33 AM

    The state of Virginia today began a formal investigation into the America's Polo Cup, the business entity run by Michaele and Tareq Salahi that the couple says raises funds for their charitable organization.

    The full statement, released in an e-mail to The Washington Post this morning, reads:

    "The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) launched an investigation into the fund-raising practices of America's Polo Cup as they relate to the Virginia Solicitation of Contributions Law. Because this is an active investigation, VDACS cannot comment further on any of aspects of the investigation."

    The America's Polo Cup, a gala held each spring since 2007, is billed by the Salahis as the "world's most prestigious and largest . . . charity polo event," in promotional materials. The couple tells sponsors that the posh event gives its proceeds to Journey for the Cure, a federally approved nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation.

    The Salahis are the only executives of both organizations, according to paperwork filed with the state. Both entities list the Salahi home as their business address.

    Tareq Salahi told the Post last year that the 2007 event raised about $250,000 for charity.

    But in paperwork he filed with Virginia regulators, the foundation reported it received $18,608 in 2007, and donated $15,000 to its stated causes. Amounts that low are not subject to detailed federal tax reporting. There is no documentation of any further donations.

    The foundation failed to register with state regulators for four years, leading the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to warn earlier this year that contributions "to such an organization could be used for non-charitable purposes." The foundation registered two weeks ago.

    The couple was invited to testify before Congress today about how they gained admittance to a White House state dinner last week, but declined.

    The Salahis are now represented by the New York law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf. Angelo Kakolyris, a spokesman for the firm, was not immediately available on his office or cell phone this morning.

    The America's Polo Cup held matches in 2008 and 2009, and has a scheduled match against India on the Mall next June. A Fox television station reported last night that the Indian Embassy had withdrawn from the event.

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    This reality crap is getting out of hand. Funny, now that Television without Pity is owned by Bravo, they cash in over the online discussions about these bastards as well. And isn't Bravo paired up with NBC, and Mrs. Liar was angling for the Today Show? This probe should go as far as it needs to go, find out who was in on this.

    How many more warning signals does the Secret Service need? It's open season. The reality shows specifically go after vile, reprehensible, and overly dramatic famewhores who will do anything for attention. They don't care about psychological disturbances unless it helps the gag somehow. This could have turned out really bad. And I wonder who else sneaked in but held a lower profile. The Secret Service needs a little auditing of its own.

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    Default Watch used by Tareq Salahi to pay off $2000 debt is a fake

    Shocking, I know...


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    Jeweler says gate-crasher’s watch a fake

    Tareq Salahi tries using a faux Patek Phillipe watch to pay debt
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    updated 4:56 p.m. PT, Thurs., Dec . 10, 2009

    WASHINGTON - A couple that crashed a White House party turned over a watch to pay a landscaping debt, but a jeweler is saying it's a fake luxury timepiece.

    Tareq Salahi last week gave up his Patek Phillipe watch and his lawyer said it would be worth more than enough to pay a $2,000 debt to a landscaper.

    But a Pennsylvania watch expert says it's an imitation. Ray Cosey, owner of R E Jewelers Watch & Clock in Chambersburg, Pa., examined the watch and said Thursday it might be worth $100.

    Cosey says the watch could probably be bought on the street for less.

    It turns out the watch wasn't needed. An attorney for the landscaper says a check was delivered Monday for $2,063.55 and will cover the bill.

    A judge ordered the watch released.

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    He probably bought it on the way into the Obama dinner from some guy selling them out of his glovebox.

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    White House Crashers -- 5000 Reasons to Party
    Posted Jan 7th 2010 7:30AM by TMZ Staff
    The White House Party Crashers have their eyes on another huge, exclusive party -- but this time they're not only invited ... they're actually getting paid.



    Sources close to the situation tell TMZ Tareq and Michaele Salahi will land a cool $5,000 to host a party at Pure nightclub in Vegas later this month.

    Along with the cash, we're told the couple will also be provided a limo, a free suite at Caesar's Palace, dinner, and all sorts of comped booze.

    Only in America does it pay to breach the highest levels of national security.

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    ^ Ugh.
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