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. SICK AND TIRED AND TIRED OF BEING SICK

    These people need to get a life. How about life in prison???

    May 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. C

    Throw them in jail for 1 year...that should stop them...

    May 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NORMAJEAN

    WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE NOT IN JAIL???????? THEY ABSOLUTLY SHOULD BE WHITE OR NOT... RACE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS, THEY SEEM TO BE TRYING TO CAUSE TROUBLE...

    May 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Noelie

    Yawn...again?

    May 20, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eli

    There is many many Muslims that live in this country without being considered terrorist so I totally disagree with the top three or four post. I belive we as a country are not that bigoted, Im sure there are some nuts that think like that but not all us. They should have been in more trouble than they were.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      I think the point they were making is that they should get in trouble definitely, but had they been foreign, WOULD have gotten in trouble. I want to think the nation is better than this, but it's actually true. After all the NY scare and the Islamaphobia we have, if they were of any foreign decent, CNN would be flooded with 'Terror Attempt at the White out, Arab couple sentences to life for attempting to break into the white house' and it'd be twisted and bent out of proportion while everyone waves their tiny $1.50 american flags around cheering.

      It's a VERY unfortunate fact.

      May 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Father Pfleger

    Tareq Salahi is the name of a "regular white" person? Sounds like a terrorist to me!

    May 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Rizzo

      To all the Islamic bashers you folks make me sick, with your Christian way of life BS, live and let live is the way.

      May 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JusticeIsGone

    What ever happened about prosecuting these tresspassers? INVEST IN GOLD? NO! HOARD FRESH WATER. GOLD will be worthless without fresh water. That's my opinion.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Linda Zavacky

    I believe these two need to get a job!A real job. One that requires them to actually work. How shallow !

    May 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Travis

    How many times are we going to tolerate these people pulling publicity stunts to land their own reality shows. It never ceases to amaze me as to what people will do to get their 15 minutes of fame. First we have Jon & Kate Gosselin and the Octomom compromising their own children in order to achieve fame and fortune. Now these White House crashers will get their own shows and make millions, and don't pretend they won't – the only reason they would have invoked the Fifth Amendment at a congressional hearing is to prevent their deal with the producers from falling through. The facts are simple. They trespassed on government property. They were the cause of an internal investigation that cost taxpayer money. They were a potential threat to the President. Even if we're not going to send them to jail, they should at least pay a huge fine and be prohibited from engaging in any kind of activity where they would profit from their crime. If we can do it to the Balloon Boy's parents, we can certainly do it to these people.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • db

      Maybe that is their hobby, crashing parties!

      May 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LEFTY

    AGAIN WHY IS THIS NEWS.OBAMA ALLOWS MILLIONS TO CROSS U.S. BORDERS
    EACH YEAR WITHOUT AN INVITE.WONDER IF HIS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT AUNT WAS AT
    THE DINNER THE REST OF US PAY FOR.OBAMAS LIVING ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.....
    WHAT A RUSHHHHHHH

    May 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • cg

      helloooooooooooooooooo-
      these people been in this country long before -it's President Obama to you.Get your facts together before posting your idiotic comments for others to view. Besides why don't you go visit Arizona.
      Righty

      May 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Secondamendment

    With a name like Tareq Salahi, he is probably Irish Catholic

    May 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ME

    Enough,enough,enough,enough,enough enough,enough. Why aren't they in jail now? Had it been me that's where I'd be.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bigbill427

    Deport them to Mexico..

    May 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mattski in FL

    Do you think they know how pathetic they are?

    May 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. db

    Again, the White House is American's House, not the Obama Mansion! It should be a requirement that at each state dinner, an average Joe the Plumber, be invited and attend to represent all the average Joe's that make up America. What do visiting dignitaries know or learn of the real American people when confronted by and controlled by a false representation that the Washington snobs present?

    May 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • MoodyBlue

      I didn't hear you complaining when GWB didn't invite the 'average Joe'. Oh, that's right, the old double standard.

      May 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • cg

      Maybe you will get your free ride before the Obama's leave office. Shut up sit down you clown.

      May 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
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