Couple that Crashed State Dinner Aren't New to Fame Game

Mercifully, the couple did not show up in a giant mylar balloon

Friday, November 27, 2009

The couple that crashed President Obama's first White House dinner, Tarek and Michaele Salahi, managed to slip through several layers of security in order to pose with such Washington luminaries as Vice President Joe Biden and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel. The couple aren't new to (fleeting) fame. They're reportedly in the running to be one of the couples on the Bravo reality show, "The Real Housewives of Washington." And the New York Times reports that the Bravo cable TV network followed the couple up to the entrance state dinner. For more on this, we're joined by Brian Stelter, who writes the Media Decoder blog for our partners, The New York Times.

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Brian Stelter

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Comments [2]

John Hockenberry

First of all, the gun was ceramic/composite not plastic. Second, Malkovich's character In the Line of Fire played with the guest lists to get his false identity on an invited list of contributors. Our guest suggested that this was how the reality TV folks might have gotten in. Getting on the list was the key here either in a real or false identity. It's certainly similar. In the Line of Fire's scene was at an off-site fundraiser not inside the White House, another important distinction.

Nov. 27 2009 08:23 AM
Barbara Earnest

John H. made a big mistake this moring when he said the couple got in to the party the same way John Malkovitch (sp?) got into a dinner in the movie "In the Line of Fire." Malkovitch spends half the movie making contacts to get ON the list; indeed it's how he's unmasked by searching backgrounds of those ON the list. What he sneaked in were the bullets, in a rabbit's foot; and a small plastic gun (in pieces).
Please correct on air!

Nov. 27 2009 07:12 AM

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