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TOMMY'S TAKE/The Salahis Crashed my Thanksgiving!

Tommy McFly
By Tommy McFly
Posted on Dec 02,2009
Filed Under News , Community, Food And Wine , Local Tastes,
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Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks (Copyright/John Arundel, 2009)<br /> <br />The Salahis host a Drinks Party at the Embassy of India, September 2009.
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks (Copyright/John Arundel, 2009)
The Salahis host a Drinks Party at the Embassy of India, September 2009.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - It seemed like we were done for the Thanksgiving weekend.  

Normally the media machine slows down for long holiday weekends, rest assured that we were going to re-run the video of Paula Deen taking a ham to the face  and President Obama pardoning the turkey.

Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks (Copyright/John Arundel, 2009)<br />Tareq and Michaele Salahi at the America's Cup of Polo in Poolesville, MD., May 9, 2009. <br />
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks (Copyright/
John Arundel, 2009)
Tareq and Michaele Salahi at the America's
Cup of Polo in Poolesville, MD., May 9, 2009.

But no one was ready for the social story of the century that was about to come hurtling our way. Like a cheesy B movie horror flick, the last 100 hours or so have been round-the-clock "Invasion of the White House State Dinner Crashers." Cue the synthesized music.  

I first heard the news thanks to a Tweet from the Washington Post's Amy Argetsinger. The Reliable Source had seen pictures on Michaele's Facebook page and some random quote about being “honored to be invited.”

That status update, their last since November 25, received more than 1,200 comments and 500+ “likes.”  Don’t worry, you don’t actually have to friend Michaele to see the pics; her privacy settings are set low.

After leaving the Beltway and cruising up 270 never would I have thought that images of Michaele's mid-driff would follow me home to Pennsylvania.
 
The McFly family goes out for Thanksgiving, Mom can't burn anything, Dad doesn't have to do dishes, the world is a happier place.  
 
My grandmothers joined us at a quite inn near my hometown of Scranton PA.  The conversation usually hits a few key topics: you look thin, are you dating a nice girl, how's Chip, when are you moving home?
 
But this Turkey Day, between yams and stuffing, it was all about the Tareq and Michaele Show.  
 
Gram, who spends hours analyzing the cable news networks, turned to me and said. "Do you know those Salahis?  The nerve of them!”  Score one pop-culture point for Grammy!  It was amazing that news traveled and people cared outside the Beltway.  My wandering well-trained ear caught the same topic being discussed at the next table.  Weird.  
 
DC Society, galas, balls, functions, book signings, after-parties, dinners, etc are a full contact sport and produce Social Superstars who's fame disappears once outside the Beltway.  Granted, socialites behaving badly is what fuels numerous DC mags and rags, blogs and columns, but people on "Main Street," to steal a beaten to death term, don't particularly care.  
 

Photo by Susanne Seidman/Local Kicks (Copyright/Local Kicks, 2009) <br />The Salahis at the Embassy of Australia, October 2008.
Photo by Susanne Seidman/Local Kicks
(Copyright/Local Kicks, 2009)
The Salahis at the Embassy of Australia,
October 2008.

The Crashers, though, have something for everyone: Whether it's the Bravo's "Real Housewives" angle, the breach of White House security, the Congressional hearings, the Matt Lauer exclusive, or the smokin' hot blonde, no one is left out of this scandal.
 
Always ready for a close up of Washingtonians jumping on the bandwagon. A local TV personality appears on CNN to pinch hit with Larry King, a DC salon owner appeared talking about spending seven hours getting Michaele ready for the big night.  
 
Hell, I even considered hitting the streets with commemorative T-Shirts and coins, but who wants to deal with getting permits from City Hall?  Their 15 minutes should be up shortly right?  Right?
 
It seems to me that the Crashers are dragging this out as long as possible.  Yesterday morning, while wasting nearly seven minutes of the Today Show's precious air time by Michaele and Tareq basically repeatimg ad nauseum that they were cooperating with the Secret Service and they would come to New York, via an in-studio appearance, and present documentation.
 
Perhaps they don't have a fax machine or email forwarding on their Virginia Vineyard. Or Tareq’s parents aren’t allowing them to use it; the fax machine's not included in their 5 percent  ownership.
 
Who's fault is it really?  Secret Service seems to be taking the brunt of the scrutiny but was it really their fault?  In today's Washington Examiner Yeas & Nays they talk with a former Social Office staffer who takes some shots at Desiree Rogers for not having bodies with clipboards at the door.

I’m not sorry, but I just can't enough of this story. For fear of breaking "journalistic rules" I can’t even tell you half of the “allegedlies” I’m hearing.  
One thing is for sure: This farce is far from over.
 
TO VIEW A SLIDE SHOW OF LOCAL KICKS PHOTOS OF THE SALAHIS IN ACTION AND AROUND TOWN, CLICK HERE.
 
AROUND THE WEB – More on the Salahis

Boston Globe – Salahi’s Spur Policy Change 

Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks (Copyright/Local Kicks, 2009) <br />Reality Star Overload. Omarosa and Michaele Salahi at the America's Cup of Polo, May 2009. <br />
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
(Copyright/Local Kicks, 2009)
Reality Star Overload. Omarosa and Michaele
Salahi at the America's Cup of Polo,
May 2009.

Huffington Post – Salahi’s NEVER granted entry 

Warren County Report – Salahi’s Mother Chains Gates

Washington Post Reliable Source – More Stories Behind the Salahis



Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks (Copyright/Local Kicks, 2009) <br />Jen Corey, Miss DC 2009, and Michaele Salahi at the America's Cup of Polo Fall Tournament on the Mall. <br />
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
(Copyright/Local Kicks, 2009)
Jen Corey, Miss DC 2009, and Michaele
Salahi at the America's Cup of Polo Fall
Tournament on the Mall.



Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks (Copyright/Local Kicks, 2009)<br />Tareq Salahi at the America's Cup of Polo 2009 Fall Tournament on the Mall. <br />
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
(Copyright/Local Kicks, 2009)
Tareq Salahi at the America's Cup of Polo
2009 Fall Tournament on the Mall.









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