December 1st, 2009
08:04 AM ET
9 months ago

Tareq Salahi: We didn't 'party-crash' the White House

Tareq Salahi said Tuesday he and his wife 'did not party-crash' a White House state dinner last week.
Tareq Salahi said Tuesday he and his wife 'did not party-crash' a White House state dinner last week.

(CNN) – Tareq Salahi said Tuesday he and his wife "did not party-crash" a White House state dinner last week.

The Obama administration said Tareq Salahi and his wife, Michaele Salahi, attended but had not been invited to the state dinner for visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and officials say they got into the event due to a breach in security.

Appearing on NBC's "Today" show with his wife, Tareq Salahi said the aftermath of the incident has been "the most devastating thing that's ever happened to us."

"We're greatly saddened by all the circumstances that have, you know, been involved and portraying my wife and I as party crashers - I can tell you, we did not party crash the White House."

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  1. Grahame

    Their past history tells otherwise. This is not the first time they have crashed a part to which they were no invited and the last time they were thrown out. So the pattern establishes itself. People who seek fame for it's own sake are usually very shallow and full od self loathing., a prime example is Sarah Palin.

    December 1, 2009 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  2. hongli

    If this couple is guilty of crashing the White House then they should be made a PUBLIC EXAMPLE and send the message to others who would like to follow their feat. All punishment should be at the maximum since they were bold enough to crash and to post on face-book.

    December 1, 2009 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  3. C Spurgeon

    They need to go to jail and some need to be fired.

    December 1, 2009 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. just saying

    To prove that they didn't crash the party they need to produce an official invitation with their names on it. If they can't, or if they supposedly turned it over at the gates and the SS says they were never given one, then they crashed it.

    December 1, 2009 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  5. Joe

    Okay, I go along with that. They did not party crash the White House. I guess than they just attended the party uninvited. I does sound a little better "uninvited".

    December 1, 2009 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If you weren't on the guest list, you crashed the party. The Salahis should be facing criminal trespassing charges.

    December 1, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  7. Todd

    Perhaps they have figured out - after putting on Facebook about how they crashed the State Dinner - that they face serious federal prison time for their stunt.....

    seems they have changed their story significantly since this broke a few days ago. They seem stupid enough to add purjury and contempt of congress to their list of charges.

    December 1, 2009 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  8. Fed Up

    Whatever! How much are they paying you to testify???

    December 1, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  9. slipthalo

    Yep, these people are terribly saddened. So saddened they want mid 6 figures for interviews. Now, that's sad if they profit off of this fiasco. They were escorted out of another Washington event recently so why wasn't their name on some sort of 'gate crasher' list?

    December 1, 2009 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  10. Sharon Northern Virginia

    Oh please what else would you call it when you go somewhere you are not invited, causing a scene.

    December 1, 2009 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  11. d1120

    ...and thank God their 15 minutes of fame is almost up.

    December 1, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. buckwheat

    It sure brightened up the an otherwise dull gathering.

    December 1, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  13. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    How much did NBC "Today Show" pay them to appear? 10 thousand? One hundred Thousand? How sad these goofs are going to make a killing, crime sure does pay.

    December 1, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  14. Nola

    Liars Liars – your pants are on fire – these two people would not know nor could they tell the truth. These two could have killed the President or they could have killed the visitors from India.

    December 1, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  15. J.Crobuzon

    "Sneaked in" sounds better to me, too.

    December 1, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  16. Baby Boomer

    No simpathy here. Seems they not only crashed the State Dinner but the Congressional Black Caucus Dinner as well. With our President receiving the most threats of any sitting President in American history, this kind of thing can't keep happening. They should be prosecuted, PERIOD...

    December 1, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  17. Pee Wee

    Wow! Times are hard, being portrayed as a 'party-crasher' is "the most devastating thing that's ever happened to us."

    Hopefully, for this guy's sake, I hope he never has to face a REAL adversity, he'd fold like a cheap suit.

    December 1, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  18. Baby Boomer

    No sympathy here. Seems they not only crashed the State Dinner but the Congressional Black Caucus Dinner as well. With our President receiving the most threats of any sitting President in American history, this kind of thing can't keep happening. They should be prosecuted, PERIOD...

    December 1, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. sharon, newport news, virginia

    Stop giving these social climbers coverage. I could not believe Matt Lauer interviewed them this morning on national tv. Since this is not the first Washington party they crashed, publicity is what they are seeking. I think they are pitiful. They obviously think way too much of themselves. According to the husband, they will come to New York next week and show the proof that they were invited (per their request.) I doubt we will ever see them sitting down with Matt with conclusive proof that they were invited. They will appear but again to get publicity. 24/7 news networks give this story more life than there is to this story. They went around trying to get invited – how pitiful is that and even came with their own film crew.

    December 1, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. diridi

    it is totally security fault. not this man's. whitehouse is a public office. any one can enter legally just concentrate on fixing health care with public option...ok...do not fool around...ok...nation's need is the first thing to do....rather than all this nonsense...

    December 1, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  21. Hey Zeus

    Obviously, the WH staff has deniability because it must be:
    Bush's Fault –
    Right Wing Conspiracists from Clinton era –
    Security Screeners misunderstood it was a "Pay for Play" event –
    Secret Service was relegated to serving drinks and appetizers –
    The Pentagon planted them to reveal substandard security

    December 1, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  22. Jeff

    And where exactly is their invitation? Have they shown it to anyone? Do they really think by continuing to lie about this that it will help any?

    December 1, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  23. machtim akannah

    Seems simple to me. If you did not "party crash", show the invite. Dragging it out is just creating publicity and creating an unnecessary market for the media. Then again, that is what the media does best. Colossal waste of time.

    December 1, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  24. Craig of Minnesota

    I find it saddening that I have more security bestowed upon me when I go to a professional football game (body pat, scanned ticket, etc.) than unintended guests of the President of the United States. Don't they have to present an invitation? At the very least, have a bar code on an invitation or ticket that needs to be scanned at the outside parameter!! Once again, perceived fame seems to have prevailed over common sense. It is though we are presenting a how-to manual for every nut case out there on how to gain access to the First Family. It is nice to know that all I have to do is rent a tux, show up at the next White House event and say I left my invitation at home on the kitchen table and I will be able to meet the President of the United States. I say throw the book at the Salahis, and make them an example for the rest of the wannabe's out there that this is unacceptable behavior, especially people that have numerous lawsuits and bankruptcies and repossessions on their record. They are bottom feeders and should be treated as such!

    December 1, 2009 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  25. Jay

    If you didn't then why is everybody saying you weren't on the guest list. Oh I guess you forgot about that. Trash is all you are.

    December 1, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
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