May 20th, 2010
11:17 AM ET

State dinner crashers stopped near White House

Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who crashed the last White House state dinner, were pulled over near the White House Wednesday.

White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi didn’t show up at President Obama’s Wednesday night state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderon, but that doesn’t mean they were off the Secret Service’s radar – or far from the event.

The couple was in the back of a limousine that was stopped by a uniformed Secret Service officer just two blocks from the White House where Obama was entertaining the Mexican leader and 200 guests Wednesday evening, the Secret Service said.

According to a Secret Service statement, the officer saw a limousine go through a red light at the intersection of 15th and Constitution Avenue about 8 p.m. It then tried to enter a restricted parking area on the Ellipse, south of the White House. The officer then stopped the limo at 17th and H streets, northwest of the White House.

The driver was ticketed and the vehicle and the Salahis were sent on their way, the Secret Service said.

The Salahis caused a stir on November 24 when they showed up uninvited for a state dinner held for visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. At that event, the couple even had a photograph taken with President Obama.

The Salahis contended they were told they could attend the program to honor India's prime minister, but the White House says they were not invited and were not on the guest list for the exclusive affair.

Earlier this year, the couple’s media representative said they would be featured on “Real Housewives of D.C.,” a reality show expected to premiere on cable outlet Bravo this summer.

In a congressional hearing on the party crashing in January, the couple refused to discuss their motivation for attending the White House dinner.

When asked by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, whether the state dinner appearance was part of a "reality TV stunt," Tareq Salahi said the couple was under a non-disclosure agreement and "should not discuss matters related to the television matter."

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  1. silver

    That is what is wrong with people they only think of themselves like what if that guy walks at night with a gun and, try to kill me? I need ever bit of funds i get my money isn't for people to be stealing it away singling me out like that. i was so upset and, their they are just sticking up for people. I don't really care, because i know the law is not going to help anyways. because, i called the police about him stealing my money. Thats FRAUD. stealing from someones account. i guess it's a genocide list. like whatever.

    August 7, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Arglebargle

    Why not just shoot them for general reasons and get them out of the news? Or better yet, send them to Afghanistan and they can crash all the mullahs parties over there...see how long they last.

    September 15, 2010 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. gray

    Had someone done their job then they would have merely been turned away at the door and that would have been all there was to it. No invite, no admission. Simple as that. Yet they were passed through several security check points without a printed invitation? Makes no sense to me, yet no one questions the Secret Service? What if they actually had been a threat, assassins or terrorists of some sort? This could have had a very catastrophic ending. I cannot believe that the expense of a congressional hearing was wasted on this nonsense.

    As for them not answering questions and pleading the 5th in those hearings... hmmm I seem to remember a President of our country who pulled all the same stunts and suffered "I don't recall" memory lapses during his hearings! Great example he was! Why are they held to higher standards than our own President? things that make ya go hmmmmm.

    October 8, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
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