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. Kahn ....

    This is a game to them. I'm with the others that say lock them up. She should be party favor to the boyz in Cell Block C.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DCNative

    Obama's on his way back to Chicago in about 20 more months. He'll be gone just as fast as one of his predecessors. Obama is the Jimmy Carter of the 21st Century. Rev. Wright and I will welcome him back with open arms.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Father Pfleger

      Hey!!! I WROTE THAT!!

      you have plagerized pfleger!!!

      May 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MooohammudCow

    Obama's on his way back to Chicago in about 20 more months. He'll be gone just as fast as one of his predecessors. Obama is the Jimmy Carter of the 21st Century. Rev. Wright and I will welcome him back with open arms.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pam Sheppard

    Some people have nothing better to do with their time. They must have a genetic defective gene called the "Spotlight Gene." Imagine what they could accomplish for the good of people if they tried.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. derek

    are they really white ? seem like their tainted bloodline...cough*

    May 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JuzMyOpinion

    Talking about being stuck on stupid!

    May 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Angela

    You can't fix stupid!

    May 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    THIS JUST IN...COWARD AZ SHERIFF LETS K9 LOOSE ON WOMAN STANDING RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM. DOG RUNS IN OTHER DIRECTION.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Juan

    This idiot shoulda stayed home and got some head all night.

    May 20, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rahul Jain

    hahaha...what a stupid and funny people they are,this is there 2 nd time...love from India

    May 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. UNINVITED GUESTS

    HOW WAS THE "FREE" FOOD TASTE LIKE?
    DID YOU BRING A DOGGY-BAG HOME?
    IF YOU WANT SOME FREE DINNER, GO TO THE HOMELESS SHELTER INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND GET HUMILIATED BY THE NATIONAL MEDIA.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Doud

    This is just showing or enemys how easily they can have access to anything if they want if they have lighter skinned arabs or even caucasian males who have the same ideology as them to commit horrible crimes shake my head

    May 21, 2010 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. DISTED

    Are these dinners goverment functions?If so ,are the crashers us citizans?Do you have to be a lobiest to get in ?Why didnt thay just pay somebody off like ever body else did?

    May 21, 2010 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. LdyDragonFly

    These two need to be ashamed of themselves. Do they think they're above the law? Certainly she is an attention junkie. What an embarrassment. If they dare conduct themselves this way twice!, what is to say what ends they won't go to for other things? Will they break into other houses of state, palaces, etc. abroad and cause international incidents...just to have their pictures taken and their names in the paper? If they're not hounded and watched by the Secret Service already, then that section's not doing their job again. Pretty face and fancy dress do not make them any less a liability or a danger.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. silver

    Their is 7-11 down the street and, the Pakistan guy stole my $1.92 out of my account and, he said Why am I tripping over a dollar? I just got rich because, I stole your dollar. I've lived here all my life and, I am mad because, these immigrants think they can just move here and, treat people anyway they want.

    August 7, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
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