Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the Virginia couple who allegedly crashed the White House’s first State Dinner Tuesday night have caused a huge embarrasment for the Administration and the Secret Service and potential problems for themselves. Or maybe they were invited, you know, just drop on by for coattails cocktails?
Tareq explained their apparently univinted presence to the Washington Post:
“India is the challenger in the America’s Polo Cup World Championships June 11/12 2010, and they are very excited in this first ever cultural connection being hosted on the DC National Mall since Polo is one of the primary sports in India.” When pressed about why they did not appear on the official list, he added, “it was last-minute attending.”
The America’s Polo Cup 2009 website lists
Tareq Salahi, Team Captain of the US Polo Team, Michaele Salahi, Model and Fashion expert
joined by India’s Ambassador to the US, Meera Shankar at the America’s Polo Cup announcing 2010′s match against India. Last year the America’s Polo Cup was sued by a Middleburg, VA caterer over alleged non-payment. The suit remains unresolved. That part isn’ mentioned on the polo promoting website, though, which explains
The America’s Polo Cup has a different nation challenging the United States every year through their head of state or Ambassador in Washington DC.
Aspiring reality star Michaele–she’s up for a spot on Real Housewives of DC and the Polo Cup event was taped as part of the show’s potential footage–posted on her Facebook page Wednesday just before the story broke that she
was honored to be invited to attend the First State Dinner hosted by President Obama & the First Lady to honor India. In June 2010, the America’s Polo Cup will be between INDIA & the UNITED STATES. Please join me in this cultural celebration of politics, diplomacy, fashion, sports, entertainment & family fun
an obvious attempt at damage control, since Tuesday night after appearing at the State Dinner Michaele had posted
Honored to have attended the state dinner at the White House…
Though it’s not known if the polo-focused socialites met POTUS, FLOTUS they did have their photos taken with VP Joe Biden, Congressman Ed Royce, an Indian dignitary the Salahi’s caption as “Ambassador Singh” in their photos (though there were a number of Singhs in the Indian delegation, including the guest of honor Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, none bore the title of ambassador), DC Mayor Fenty, CBS’s Katie Couric and ABC’ Robin Roberts.
The photo of the couple with the White House Chief of Staff was originally captioned “Ron Emanuel” but has since been corrected to “Rahm,” because it’s really important to spell the name of a the brother of a huge Hollywood agent correctly, especially if you’re up for a part on TV. Even if it is a reality program. Heck, Jeana Keough from Real Housewives of Orange County left the show allegedly because she wasn’t getting a raise from $30,000 an episode in the series’ fourth season, Star Magazine reported this week, and after the first season, other Housewives versions see about the same pay day. And the Salahis have some expenses…Good luck with the show!
Don’t you think by now “Ron” Emanuel is burning up the phone lines to his agent bro Avi who in turn is making some calls to insure the misspellers don’t get cast on the DC show? Or even appear on any program ever? Rahm’s displeasure filtered through his brother probably sounds like this:
You interview those arrivistes $#@^s and you *&^%* never get %$#@^ any of my clients on any of your %$^# morning show again, on any show! No Oscar access for your network either, nada. I don’t even want to see the Salahis’ &*%$ faces on ^%&%$ Fox!
And anticipate some IRS auditing for the social climbing couple as well.
But wait, maybe they were invited and Michaele simply made the hideous faux pas of posting to Facebook–she now has almost 4000 fans, an increase of 1500 in just 3 hours!–and this will end up being even more embarrassing when it’s revealed the Salahis were actually invited by the someone fomr the Indian delegtion and oops, their names were left off the printed list!
No matter what, it makes for great dinner conversation. Thank you Tareq and Michaele for sparing us stories about how well other members of our family are doing as we dodge questions about
that computer writing thing you do…Oh it’s not programming? There’s a lot of money still in that…Oh ‘blogging”… Meg has a cute blog on about the twins, it’s called Look Who’s Pooping Now. She send us the all the updates about them, and she just got promoted to VP! So, when are you thinking about having kids, you’re not getting any younger and you know you dont need to be married any more, or even to have a man to have babies. But you know that, since you’re a Democrat…
Though their lives have been full of glamor–Tareq once played polo against Prince Charles at Windsor Castle and Michaele was a cheerleader for the Washington Redskins–the slef-promoting Salahis have been beset with family and financial drama over the past few years, including lengthy, expensive feuds over the family winery and vinyards, Oasis, located in Fauquier County, Virginia. After neighbors complained for almost a decade about noise and traffic from events and tourism at the winery and finally passed legislation to limit the number of commercial parties, Michaele, a former cheerleader registered as a lobbyist and
helped forged House Bill 2643, which removes the power of county zoning authorities to regulate “customary or usual” vineyard activities, such as wine dinners or weddings. The so-called buy-right legislation went into effect in Jul, 2007. Then Hurricane Isabella hit, wiping out their crop.
The Washington Post reports:
The elder Salahis said their son ran up too many expenses with tourism initiatives that could not be paid back. Tareq Salahi said the winery lost revenue because it was spending too much money in lawyers’ fees — $2 million — battling Fauquier officials over zoning restrictions of the winery events.
The intercine dispute began when the elder Salahis wanted to sell their share in the business to a group of investors that included Shaquille O’Neal.That deal and subsequent others fell through. Family tensions escalated, including a civil suit against Tareq and Michaele filed by his parents, claiming interference with sale of the winery and seeking to evict the couple from their apartment on the property. The sheriffs department recorded 26 incident reports in 2007. The Washington Post reports that Tareq sued his mother’s Realtor for defamation (and $3.6 million dollars) and also claimed his parents’ lawyer assaulted him–both the Realtor and the lawyer deny the charges against them.
In 2008 Tareq told the Post that he has
met twice with a TV producer about using the dispute as the basis for a movie or miniseries.