White House party crashers break silence: ‘We were invited’
Tareq and Michaele Salahi — the so called “party crashers” who managed to get through Secret Service security measures to attend a state dinner — told NBC’s Matt Lauer Tuesday that they have documentation proving they were invited to the White House state dinner.
Denying all wrongdoing, Mr. Salahi insisted that he and his wife were invited, adding, “This has been the most devastating thing that has ever happened to us.”
The couple maintained that they’ve cooperated with the Secret Service. “The truth will soon come out,” Salahi said.
Additionally, it’s emerged that the Salahis may have crashed another event — a Congressional Black Caucus dinner.
Representatives from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation say the couple also attended their recent awards dinner without an invitation, and multiple sources told MyFoxDC.com they sneaked in to the event through an entrance meant for bus boys and caterers.
Last Tuesday, the Salahis strolled into President Barack Obama’s first state dinner. They said hello along the official receiving line, but the White House says they weren’t invited. They say security was breached, and an investigation was ordered.
But there are more images posted on Michaele Salahi’s facebook fan page , including photo opportunities at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Awards Dinner four weeks prior to the state dinner. Photos show the couple among the likes of Senator Roland Burris and his wife, Patrick Kennedy, and Star Jones. President and Mrs. Obama were also in attendance.
According to Congressional Black Caucus Foundation representatives, Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashed the September 26th dinner, and were caught sitting at someone’s tables.
This video is from NBC’s Today Show, broadcast Dec. 1, 2009.