White House party crashers want money for interviews

Michaele and Tareq Salahi, who met Barack Obama after crashing a White House state dinner, have cancelled a planned CNN interview because they now want money for their story. The prospective Real Housewives of DC cast members certainly are proving themselves to be reality whores even before appearing on a reality show.

They are “trying to sell their story for hundreds of thousands of dollars,” according to the New York Times, and other reports have cited figures around a half-million dollars. The paper notes that the “Salahis have publicized their own flashy adventures in the social and sporting scenes of Washington and its outlying horse country, and left behind a record of lawsuits and unpaid bills, many from the bankruptcy of the family vineyard after extended litigation between Mr. Salahi and his parents,” yet “the upscale salon where Mrs. Salahi, with TV cameras in tow, was prepared for the big event had never been paid for its previous services in 2002, when the couple were married, the salon’s operators said in interviews.”

Meanwhile, the director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, told the AP that the agency is “”deeply concerned and embarrassed” and said “As our investigation continues, appropriate measures have been taken to ensure this is not repeated. … The preliminary findings of our internal investigation have determined established protocols were not followed at an initial checkpoint, verifying that two individuals were on the guest list. Although these individuals went through magnetometers and other levels of screening, they should have been prohibited from entering the event entirely. That failing is ours.”

[New York Times]

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