Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

The White House Gate-Crashers, 2009

It was an evening meant to honor Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, but Tareq and Michaele Salahi stole the spotlight when they finessed their way into President Barack Obama's first state dinner. Crashing the party wasn't the worst of it: the couple, who will forever be known as the White House gate-crashers, were filming the event for The Real Housewives of D.C., an installment in Bravo's reality-show franchise. In the episode that aired Sept. 30, 2010, the couple are seen in a limo en route to the state dinner, with Michaele dressed in a traditional Indian sari. The cameras do not follow the Salahis inside the party, but the next morning they recount their night and discuss meeting Obama and taking photos with Vice President Joe Biden and then White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Though the Salahis maintain they received an invitation, the White House claims they were neither invited to nor seated for the dinner.