November 27th, 2009
11:30 AM ET
5 years ago

White House crashers named in 16 civil suits

Washington (CNN) - The Virginia couple accused of crashing President Obama's first White House state dinner on Tuesday are named in at least 16 different civil suits in Fauquier County, sometimes as plaintiffs, sometimes as defendants.

A trawl through court records on Thursday revealed a more complete picture of Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who have left an extensive paper trail in federal bankruptcy and state court filings.

The couple was spotted rubbing elbows with the likes of Vice President Joe Biden and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at Tuesday's dinner, but the Secret Service says they were not invited.

A Secret Service checkpoint "did not follow proper procedures" to determine if the two were on the guest list, said Edwin M. Donovan, a Secret Service special agent, in a statement.

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  1. ThinkAgain

    I'd like to remind everyone posting here who thinks this couple breaching security proves that our country is not safe under the Obama Administration:

    9/11 happened while GW Bush was president.

    Why? Two big reasons:

    1. The Bush Administration refused to listen to the Clinton transition team's warnings about the danger of al Qaeda.

    2. Bush ignored the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing entitled, "Al Qaeda Determined to Attack the U.S. Using Airplanes."

    November 27, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Dave

    To paraphrase a quote from Michelle Obama, and relate it to the president: "If he cannot secure his own house, how can he secure our country from the white house"????????
    (Originally it was a nasty comment on Hilary regarding Bill's doing.... but what goes around comes around, got it Ma Belle!?)

    November 27, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Since when did President Obama say terrorists don't exist in our country? When did President Obama say there are no threats to our country?

    You posters need to stop listening to Beck and Limbaugh and start thinking for yourselves!

    November 27, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Stu

    Couple of attention-seekers, that's all.

    November 27, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. josephine

    Am sure some potential terrorists now want to get hold of them to find out how they did it. Copycats with real trouble in their intent.

    November 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Vancouver Canada

    I pledge never to refer annoying publicity seeker by their real names. They will be only be referred to White House Gala Dinner crashers or Balloon boy family members or American Idol S&M guy. By doing this it takes away that these people crave so badly to become a household name.

    November 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. ICARE

    Did they both kill anyone? If no, LEAVE them alone. It's kind of nice to see a regular citizen show up and be James Bond sometimes. Good for them.

    November 27, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. No more Incumbents

    Of course they looked like they belonged in our Celebrity-in-Cheif's WhiteHouse..... there were cameras!

    November 27, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Krejaton

    ROFL, how did they do it? Easy, give a few mil to line Obama's coffers.

    BTW, isn't their 15 minutes of fame up yet?

    November 27, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Complete strangers were able.....

    to get their arms around Joe Biden.......do we want Joe having anything to do with OUR security?

    November 27, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Linda

    These people could have been crazy teabaggers!

    November 27, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Fed up Monority

    President Obama pushes hundreds of lobbyists off federal advisory boards........and this is what you want to report on?.....this and Sarah Palin running somewhere......Where is Cooper Anderson when you need him.

    November 27, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Freeman

    Can you imagine? My God, they could have been nutty teabaggers, Palin supporters or worse crazy brithers.

    November 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. wizernolder

    'OFF WITH THEIR HEADS'!!!!!......... (YOU KNOW WHAT i MEAN!!

    BRAVO should be boycotted if these people are on 'housewives of Washington'. Of course, that can only happen if no major problems result from their crashing the White House Dinner. ...

    THAT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN, FOLKS!!! These 'crashers' broke the dish in the china shop.........GOTTA PAY....THAT'S ALL!

    LET'S START A BOYCOTT OF BRAVO NETWORK.... AND THEIR PRODUCTS!........ anyway!!! They were following and taking pictures...

    November 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Okumuringa

    The whole story of the so call party gate crashers must not be treated as a joke.the usa presiedency is an institution.it is not just about barack obama as potus. God bless the usa.

    November 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Greg K., PA

    Sounds like they lead an exciting, devil-may-care life. I wonder how long they can keep it up before crashing and burning.

    November 27, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Lando

    Security...
    Sleeping on the job....FIRE THEM

    November 27, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. They call me "tater salad"

    How does that happen??????? They're either on the list or they are NOT on the list..........Thats the best EXCUSE you could come up with???????Seriously??? So I suppose that any ole Lee Harvey Oswald type, looking to make a name for himself, could just walk right up and give you morons any ole fake name and waltz right in and gain access to our President??That's just great..........You should all give yourselves a big round of applause for doing such a stand-up job of insuring our President's safety........NOT!!!......If these incompetent, imbeciles, still have their jobs on Monday the people of this country should be outraged, and hold someone accountable FOR REAL and not just grandstand, and showboat the issue to death like everything else!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 27, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. A. Smith, Oregon

    Contrary to Hollywood hype, the US Secret Service routinely operates in a very heavy handed manner. The public disclosure on the threats against a siting president going up some 300-400% are likely accurate, given the Christian wing-nuts and Republican Tea-Baggers. Suggestions that the US Secret Service is not in hyper-vigilant mode is simply not accurate.

    While the Public Secretary of the President is likely being told to look for another job, I'm very skeptical in regards to blaming the Secret Service for dropping the ball on admitting this couple. Perhaps it's simply a ploy in their attempts to get some dedicated and armed Christian wing-nuts to try crashing the next public appearance by President Obama.

    Why do I use the derogatory term, 'Christian wing-nuts'? Christian organizations have begun selling thousands of teddy-bears and bumper stickers with bible verses which call upon their 'god' to murder President Obama and make First Lady Michelle Obama a widow.

    November 27, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. RSB

    Maybe they can get a gig with Ballon boy's parents.

    November 27, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Preston Jordan

    This government wants to run health care? They can't even manage security at the White House...

    November 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Hang them high.

    November 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Expat American

    Obama world – Trust me. You don't pay for anything of mine. You couldn't afford it, so go get yourself a passport instead of sleeping with your underage relatives, slack jaw

    November 27, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Obama world

    I doubt they were teabaggers. We pay for our own parties. Maybe Oprah gave them her tickets?

    November 27, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Obama world

    Expat American. I must pay for everything, why else would you want free healthcare?

    November 27, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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