Real Housewives of DC cast members crash White House state dinner, say they were invited

Tareq Salahi and Michaele Salahi, cast members on Bravo’s in-production spin-off The Real Housewives of DC, crashed a White House party for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday night, and later posted pictures of themselves on Facebook with Vice President Joe Biden and chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, among other people, although they proved their worthy Real Housewives cast members by identifying Emanuel as “Ron.”

As of Friday morning, Michaele Salahi’s Facebook page is viewable by the public, as is the photo album labeled “White House State Dinner. Michaele wrote, “I was honored to be invited to attend the First State Dinner hosted by President Obama & the First Lady to honor India.” A photo album of her “in action … around DC” include pictures with celebrities such as Omarosa, so clearly Michaele is a power player.

A Secret Service spokesperson told The Washington Post, “Everyone who enters the White House grounds goes through magnetometers and several other levels of screenings. That was the case with the state dinner last night. No one was under any risk or threat,” but added that”a Secret Service checkpoint which did not follow proper procedure to ensure these two individuals were on the invited guest list.”

However, their attorney, Paul W. Gardner, wrote on Facebook (!), “My clients were cleared, by the White House, to be there. More information is forthcoming, according to a follow-up in the Post.

Bravo confirmed that they were being filmed for the show: Production company “Half Yard’s cameras were not inside the White House. They filmed the couple preparing for the event,” and producers “informed Half Yard that they were invited, the producers had no reason to believe otherwise,” Bravo rep Johanna Fuentes told the AP.

The Post’s Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts, who broke the news, report that “This is not the first time the Salahis have represented themselves as power players,” noting that on Facebook, they have a photograph of themselves inside the Lincoln Memorial inaugural concert’s presidential viewing box, and wrote, “Tareq & Michaele were honored to be invited to President Obamas private viewing box at the Lincoln Memorial.”

They will appear on Larry King Monday night.

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