UPDATED 12-01-09: SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE STATE DINNER CRASHERS, TAREQ AND MICHAELE SALAHI (VIDEO)..

Posted on November 27, 2009. Filed under: Obama Unveiled... |

 

UPDATED:  Tuesday, December 1, 2009 1:04 PM (My original post follows my update)

 
Seems this couple just can’t get enough attention…they’re insatiable!  According to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation representatives, Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashed their September 26, 2009 dinner, and were caught sitting at two doners’ seats and were escorted out when they couldn’t produce tickets.  The Black Caucus were on to these two idiots and threw them out.  Why didn’t the same thing happen at the White House dinner?  Is security that lax around Obama or was it prearranged as a diversion?  After all, the media will be in a frenzy for awhile over this giving Obama time to push through his health care bill.  I’ll know it’s a scam if these two idiots aren’t punished for their actions.
 
Another little tidbit I’d like to share with you is the fact that Michaele Salahi is not a Redskins cheerleeder a she claimed to be.  Seems she used to wander onto the field in a uniform during alumni events and was photographed.  Last year, Michaele Salahi told a Post reporter that she had been a Washington Redskins cheerleader, and she has been photographed at several alumni events.  But the cheerleaders’ director of marketing, Melanie Coburn, wrote in an e-mail: "We have no record of her being a member of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders."  Nor could the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni Association find any record of her, said Terri Crane-Lamb, president of the association.  One former cheerleader, Konnie McKee, said Michaele came to alumni events, but no one knew her.
 
I hope these spotlight whores aren’t awarded with a slot in a reality show, but rather with a warrant for their arrest.  This will be a good start at stopping the reality show insanity that has contributed to the dumbing down of America…
 
QueenBee
 
 
 

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You must have heard about this by now…
 
A well-dressed couple, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, both in their 40s, crashed Obama’s State Dinner party about halfway through the guest arrivals.  A marine announced their names and they just walked by reporters and photographers, preening like peacocks and stopping to pose for pictures.  They mingled with guests before going to the East Room for drinks.  Michaela Salahi posed with Marines outside near the White House doors, and with Katie Couric and Rep. Ed Royce (R-California) inside, and a lot of others.  Inside the East Room, they made the rounds, and they weren’t even invited.
 
To gain access, all Michaele Salahi, a former Redskins cheerleader, had to do is shake her pompoms and they were in.  This was a huge security breach, and that is very disturbing.  There were photo ops with Rahm Emanuel and Joe Biden, but they fit right in with the Obama elite as they are two extremely arrogant people, and have a history of not paying taxes, along with a laundry list of legal woes.  Like the many politicians and celebrities that surrounded them, this couple live high on the hog, but don’t want to pay for their extravagances, looking for the easy way out with easy money, all the while not taking responsibility for their actions.
 
Here’s another couple who are "reality show wannabe’s" who are hoping to land roles in the forthcoming show, "The Real Housewives of D.C.", and as far as I’m concerned, reality shows are nothing but Trash TV.  These shows have contributed so much to the dumbing down of America.  There are so many negative stories about those so-called reality show "stars", and now they’re reaching an all-time low.   The latest "aspiring reality show star" story was about the balloon boy.  How could we forget about that one?  Just as fast as that story blew up in their faces, I’m hoping this one will blow up in theirs.  The sad part about these crass reality shows is that people actually watch them, fueling the excuse to bring even more reality shows forward!  Another recent news story was about some guy who won $1M, but he wasn’t content with that so what did he do?  He spent that money on Oxycontin so he could make even more money, and he was busted so he lost everything, and for what?  I really thought the recession would bring people back down to earth, but apparently, greed is still rampant in this country.
 
This "dinner crash" happened right under Obama’s nose.  What does that say about this self-involved guy?  Obama #1 and Obama #2 seem to be more interested in throwing lavish parties at our expense than keeping America safe…you know, the really important things that he should be concerned with.  He blows off McChrystal and our military "until after Thanksgiving", only to host an all-frills party of approximately 300 people during that time.  If Bush even did half the idiotic things that Obama has done in his first year in office, he would have been impeached by now.
 
The clueless Obama administration and their "security team" couldn’t stop this couple from invading the State Dinner, so how can we expect them to keep cunning terrorists from invading our country?  Were they overlooked for political correctness’ sake?  After all, they wouldn’t want to offend Salahi who is Palestinian now, would they?  They also wouldn’t want to offend the folks over at ATFP (American Task Force for Palestine).  In the video (below), it states that they’re "not at all political".  Hmmm…I wonder if this is the same Tareq Salahi who is a member of the Board of Directors at ATFP (see list below)?  Speaking of the ATFP, how’s this for strange "coincidences"…
 
Seems the President of ATFP, Ziad Asali, was the Medical Director and Chairman of the Board at the Christian County Medical Clinic in Taylorville, IL, and he also served as Chairman of the Board of Physicians Health Association of Illinois before he retired in 2000.  From Illinois?  Hmmm…I wonder if he and Obama crossed paths back then.  Taken from Wikipedia…
 

American Task Force on Palestine

The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) (American Committee on Jerusalem) is an organization founded in 2003 lobby the United States government on behalf of the Palestinians. The founding aim of ATFP is to advocate an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the creation of a Palestinian state that will live alongside Israel in peace. ATFP categorically and unequivocally condemns all violence directed against civilians no matter who the victims or perpetrators may be.

 

Staff

Ziad Asali, M.D., President — Asali is a long-time activist on Middle East issues. He has been a member of the Chairman’s Council of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) since 1982, and has served as ADC’s President from 2001-2003. He served as the President of the Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG) from 1993-1995, and was Chairman of the American Committee on Jerusalem (ACJ), which he co-founded, from 1995-2003. He was born in Jerusalem, where he completed his elementary and secondary education. He received an M.D. from the American University of Beirut (AUB) Medical School in 1967. He completed his residency in Salt Lake City, Utah, and then practiced medicine in Jerusalem before returning to the US in 1973. Asali was the Medical Director and Chairman of the Board at the Christian County Medical Clinic in Taylorville, Illinois and he served as Chairman of the Board of Physicians Health Association of Illinois before he retired in 2000. He is a Diplomat of the Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

 

Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow — Ibish also currently serves as Executive Director of the Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership. He has made thousands of radio and television appearances and has written for many newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, and was Washington Correspondent for the Daily Star (Beirut). He is editor and principal author of 2 major studies of Hate Crimes and Discrimination against Arab Americans 1998-2000 (ADC, 2001) and Sept. 11, 2001-Oct. 11, 2002 (ADC, 2003) and numerous other book chapters and essays. From 1998-2004, Ibish served as Communications Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the largest Arab-American membership organization in the United States. He has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

 

Board of Directors

  • Samir Abu-Ghazaleh, M.D.
  • Reema Ali, Esq.
  • Naila Asali
  • Ziad J. Asali, M.D.
  • Marwan Atalla
  • Jesse I. Aweida
  • Peter Aweida
  • Ameen Estaiteyeh
  • George Hishmeh
  • Bishr Husseini
  • Maha Kaddoura
  • Omar M. Kader, Ph.D.
  • Bishop Samir Kafity
  • Shadia Kanaan
  • Rashid Khatib
  • Hani Masri
  • Farah Munayyer
  • G.F. Joey (Ghaith) Musmar
  • Rana Sadik
  • Tareq Salahi
  • George Salem, Esq.
  • Saliba Sarsar, Ph.D.
  • Zuhair Suidan
  • Cheryl Sukhtian
  • Basel Yanes, M.D.
  • Ali Zaghab, Ph. D.

The Obama administration and his so-called "security team" need to watch out for us and pay attention to what’s going on.  That’s what most of you voted for them to do.  If they had to pay attention, they’d all be broke.  Unfortunately, they’re living off of our money instead, like the leeches that they are…

 
QueenBee
 
 
 
White House crashers named in 16 civil suits
 

Virginia socialites Michaele, left, and Tareq Salahi, above at Tuesday’s state dinner, were not invited to the White House event.  
 

Washington (CNN) — The Virginia couple accused of crashing President Obama’s first White House state dinner on Tuesday are named in at least 16 different civil suits in Fauquier County, sometimes as plaintiffs, sometimes as defendants.

A trawl through court records on Thursday revealed a more complete picture of Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who have left an extensive paper trail in federal bankruptcy and state court filings.

The couple was spotted rubbing elbows with the likes of Vice President Joe Biden and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at Tuesday’s dinner, but the Secret Service says they were not invited.

A Secret Service checkpoint "did not follow proper procedures" to determine if the two were on the guest list, said Edwin M. Donovan, a Secret Service special agent, in a statement.

The incident represents a security breach for the White House at the Obama administration’s biggest social event to date. More than 300 guests, including Cabinet members, diplomats and Hollywood celebrities, attended the dinner in honor of visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The couple did not respond to CNN requests for comment Thursday.

"At this time the Salahis will not make any formal comments regarding the rumors and media speculation surrounding the White House state dinner," their publicist, Mahogany Jones, said in a statement. "Their counsel, Paul W. Gardner Esq., states emphatically that the Salahis’ did not ‘crash’ this event. We look forward to setting the record straight very soon."

Asked for comment on the Salahi’s legal difficulties, Jones said in an e-mail, "We will begin doing press and media next week providing exclusive interviews and press junkets. If you would like to be considered in our media circuit we request that you hold your proposed published profile until then."

A page on Facebook, apparently maintained jointly by the Salahis, paints them as high rollers, listing their interests as polo, wine, and diplomatic relations, among others.

A separate Facebook fan page dedicated to Michaele that appears to be run by her says, "I was honored to be invited to attend the First State Dinner hosted by President Obama & the First Lady to honor India."

The page in her name is full of pictures showing her at social events around Washington.

But the two also spend quite a bit of time in court, records show.

One of the lawsuits against the Salahis was filed by Robb Levin of Fairfax, Virginia, who held his wedding at the Oasis Winery in August 2005.

"I have a judgment against them," he said by phone on Thursday. "The settlement was for $15,000, plus interest from June 2008. They haven’t paid a penny."

Levin contracted with the winery to provide vendors, such as florists and catering, for the event. But, he said, he discovered the winery was adding a "significant profit" to what the vendors were charging them. "Vendors told me what they were charging. They were charging me two or three times as much," he said. When he tried to use his own vendors, he said, he was fined $1,000.

After he signed a contract to hold his wedding there, "They were very, very, very hard to get a hold of," he said.

"I remember [the contract] being very short and it just said to hold the date. When I went back, I found it said they could charge my credit card at will. At the time I signed it I don’t remember all those pages being there. I don’t remember a whole 8- or 12-page document," Levin said. "There were thousands of dollars charged to my card with no explanation."

He fought with the Salahis, dealing mostly with Michaele, throughout the run-up to his nuptials, he said.

"They wanted more money and I wasn’t releasing it," he said. "They threatened me with lawyers. They threatened to cancel the wedding."

In the end, Levin said, he paid up to make sure the wedding went ahead, then sued the Salahis afterward to get his money back.

Tareq and Michaele, meanwhile, were engaged in a long court battle with his parents over the winery.

Court records show Tareq sued his mother, Corinne, and the case was dismissed.

Corinne sued Tareq and the case went to trial. The outcome is not clear from a Virginia courts Web site.

Tareq and Michaele won control of the winery in 2007, but it has run into debt since then.

Oasis Winery filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court records in the Eastern District of Virginia. Tareq Salahi is listed as company president in the filing. Creditors listed include the IRS, Fauquier County, the state of Virginia, several banks and American Express Corp., among others. The company claims about $335,000 in assets and $965,000 in liabilities.

Among the debts listed are more than $60,000 in credit card debt and an "unknown" amount in federal back taxes.

"Debtor has not filed corporate taxes since tax year 2006," the filing says. "Has always previously had business loss, with refund flowing to shareholders."

Also listed is a $65 parking ticket in Montgomery County, Maryland, nearly $3,000 in gasoline purchases to Exxon-Mobil and more than $95,000 in legal fees.

According to the February filing, Oasis made $1.7 million in 2007 but only $35,000 in 2008. The filing lists two pending lawsuits against Oasis, one for more than $300,000 for "catering services" and one judgment against the company.

Under "repossessions," the filing lists a 2004 Aston Martin, which it estimates was worth $150,000 when it was repossessed in October 2008. Some $85,000 was still owed, according to the filing. In addition, a boat valued at $90,000 was repossessed in June 2008, with $56,000 still owed, according to court documents.

The company also had closed a checking account, $3,800 in the red, about a year before the filing.

Oasis owes $224,000 "for rental of FedEx Redskins Suite and related hospitality services," according to court documents.

The Chapter 7 filing, under which a debtor’s assets are sold to pay creditors, followed an apparent effort to save the winery earlier.

The business had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 2008, with Salahi’s mother, Corinne, listing herself as president.

A Chapter 11 bankruptcy is referred to as a "reorganization" bankruptcy, according to the federal judiciary’s Web site.

In addition to federal bankruptcy, Tareq and Michaele may now face criminal charges.

The incident represents a security breach for the White House at the Obama administration’s biggest social event to date. More than 300 guests, including Cabinet members, diplomats and Hollywood celebrities, attended the dinner.

If they lied to federal agents in order to get into the White House dinner, that is a federal crime, said Fran Townsend , CNN national security contributor.

The agents tasked with protecting the president "did not follow proper procedures," Secret Service agent Edwin Donovan said in a statement, but said the gatecrashers went through metal detectors "and other levels of security."

The Salahis are aspiring reality-TV stars who hoped to land roles in the forthcoming show, "The Real Housewives of D.C.," by the Bravo cable network, The Washington Post reported.

In a statement Thursday, Bravo said, "Michaele Salahi is under consideration as a cast member, as such [series producer] Half Yard Productions were filming the Salahis on that day. Half Yard was only aware that per the Salahis they had been invited [to the state dinner] as guests."

Video of the dinner showed the couple walking past journalists into the event.

The couple also appears to have posted pictures on Facebook purportedly showing them gaining access to high profile events during inauguration week, according to The Washington Post’s Reliable Sources gossip column.

Pictures on the couple’s joint Facebook account appear to show them in the first family’s glass-enclosed viewing area after a concert at the Lincoln Memorial, according to the Post.

"Tareq & Michaele were honored to be invited to President Obama’s private viewing box at the Lincoln Memorial," the Facebook posting from inauguration weekend reportedly reads. "Naturally this picture was taken after his departure."

Other pictures purportedly show them mingling with celebrities during inauguration weekend, including talk show host Oprah Winfrey at the Kennedy Center, according to the Post.

CNN’s Richard Allen Greene, Shannan Butler and Ashley Hayes contributed to this report.

   

 
 
 
 
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LOL…You might be on to something, Tom. This will now set a precedent for all those other 15-minutes-of-famers.

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Was that Balloon Boy\’s Mom and Dad that I saw in the background

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