December 1st, 2009
08:04 AM ET
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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. Leslie, MD

    They absolutely crashed the party, what liars. I am furious because this couple got through because of one thing and one thing only–that woman who was blond, and supposedly attractive. The Secret Service should have hauled her rear out of the party ASAP, along with her husband.

    I hate that stupid, plastic smile on her stupid lips, and the sleazy way she cups the president's hands. Yuck. Oh and I hate her stringy, limp hair—if she paid for that, what a waste of money.

    She and her husband are no different from anyone else; we would all love to go to the White House. The only difference between us and them is, we would NOT go WITHOUT an invitation.

    December 1, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Jason

    Just show us the invitation then. If you didn't crash the party, you must be able to show the invitation, right?

    That would put an incredibly quick end to all of this, wouldn't it?

    December 1, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. Puff the Magic Dragon

    I really dont care about these people or their aspirations to fame or whatever else they have going on. Frankly, I think its funny that they got lets stop with the finger pointing and the coverups about the security breach, which is basically what this is about, all this incessant blabbing about these two fame seekers....but on the other hand, I am more concerned about the breach in security at the WH. These two could have been whackos who could have done harm to the POTUS, his wife and guests. This is not a Republican or a Democratic thing, so no finger pointing please in that regard...just please get to the bottom of the security hole and FIX IT before we have another 911 on our hands.

    December 1, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Marge

    They could not even answer Today Show Matt Laurer's simple question of WHO invited them.


    December 1, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. Lynne

    No official invitation means they did NOT get invited. Why is CNN and the rest of the media trying to make these two losers media darlings?Michaele even tried to "find" the nonexistent invitation to show her hairdresser.

    This whole coverage is more like a reality show than a news story!

    December 1, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Ernie

    If you didn't crash the party then where's the invite show us the invite. If you can't show us the invite then you crashed the party. I will say this these two want to be's are not going to tell how they got into the WH.
    These two are nobody's who want to be somebody's, he broke she's a nobody acting like that have millions and want to be part of the Washington elite. The Washington elite have money and keep a low profile because they have access to the WH. Good advice watch out for these two all they are grifters.

    December 1, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Liz

    The Salahi's destroyed any appearance of themselves being "decent"
    people when they opened their mouths on the today show. They were
    obviously lying. She may have gained more sympathy if she had
    declared "we did it for the show", as balloon boy did.

    December 1, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. Dennis

    These people are just a tuxedo clad version of the "balloon boy's" parents. Whatever it takes to get some attention/$$$$$$ from networks like yours. Please stop facilitating scams like this by giving them so much facetime on the tube.

    December 1, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. D. Tree

    If you didn't crash the party, then show us your invitation!

    December 1, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. Mark

    Can't believe a word they say. This is what they want.

    December 1, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. Thomas

    How can anyone be confused about whether they were invited to a State Dinner at the White House?

    It is not like misunderstanding a standing invitation from your beer buddy.

    December 1, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Matt

    Let's see. The hot, power-seeking blonde who is addicted to fame, and the dorky, quiet husband who stops when she says "stop" and walks when she says "walk". We can see what motivates them, and we can also see which one wears the pants in this family.

    December 1, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Maybe this is the wakeup call we need. Congress needs to pass a law stating that anyone who pulls some douchebag stunt to land a reality show should be shot in the head. Balloon boy and the entire balloon family, Octomom and the crashers should all be first in line. Have a nice day!

    December 1, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Michigan

    They attended a party they weren't invited to! If that's not crashing, then what the heck is it?

    December 1, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Patsy, Texas

    If this is the "most devastating thing that's ever happened" to them,
    they have led a pretty shallow, self-centered life. I watched that
    "interview" and it was pathetic. And, STILL, nobody asked to see
    their invitation. I hope they don't get soft-balls from Congress.
    They have a lot to answer for, but she will wink, and he will
    blink, and I will take an alka-seltzer. Thank you.

    December 1, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Elizabeth

    Why can't the Salahi's provide proof that they were invited? Surely they
    would have received a formal invitation that they would have kept as
    a keepsake and not thrown out with the weekly trash. The lost any
    credibility and their "appearance of class" when they appeared on the
    today show. They are obviously phonies who crashed the wrong
    party this time.

    December 1, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. Texas Annie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Gee, where I grew up, if you came to a party you weren't invited to, we called that "crashing".
    These people sound like a couple of publicity hounds seeking attention & hoping to cash in on it. WHY do the media & the American public even give them the time of day?? We tend to make celebrities out of total jerks– will it ever stop!!!

    December 1, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. smokey

    This whole story is really a shame and a disgrace to these 2 people..Who would have the nerve to even think about something so dis-respectful , let alone have the nerve to do it !!! I hope they get what they deserve and then some because this type of behavior should not tolerated by anyone..( especially so-called adults who should know better ).....And if they did not " crash " this affair, then where is their invitation ???? That I would think would be the first thing they would want to show to prove their story...And then to have the gaul to go on TV and spread the story even further is utterly disgraceful!! They should be held accountable !!! And I do belive they have taken this reality crap way to serious and way to far !!!

    December 1, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Dan

    . . . And all they can say is that all THEY have worked for has been
    destroyed? What selfish phonies.

    December 1, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Is this security you can believe in??????

    Is this the same security we are getting to protect us from Al Qaeda???

    December 1, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Silence Dogoode

    OK, then prove us your invitation...should be simple to clear up...but giving these idiots more press is a bad idea....

    December 1, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    lier and needs to go right to jail along with the idiot woman. both of them a freaks . and need to be held accountable for there actions . they make me sick 😦

    December 1, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Anon

    Stop reporting on these morons. You're giving them exactly what they want.

    December 1, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. Dave

    The only issues here is the Secret Service's performance.

    I am a conservative and can not stand 90% of this administrations politics.

    This, however, is not about Obama or the people who did it. It is about the Secret Service. This president, more than any other because of the color of his skin and the threat of islamic extremists and the wars we are fighting, should have the highest protection.

    The Secret Service is an outstanding organization but they failed miserably here. This should never happen, ever. No one should be able to get into the White House without being thoroughly vetted previously and on the approved list.

    December 1, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. Gary

    This does show a breach in the security process to protect the President and others, no matter what party occupies the White House. I am curious as to the song & dance this couple will give as to why and how they got as far as they did.

    December 1, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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