November 27th, 2009
03:04 PM ET

Oh those Salahis

These days we expect certain things from our reality television stars.

The public wants to be privy to every private moment, from weddings to funerals to births and during that time we expect them to be delightfully nutty and willing to go to any lengths to entertain us with their "real lives."

And that is why Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the Washington D.C. couple who crashed the president's first state dinner this week and who have been lobbying for a spot on the capital's edition of the “Real Housewive's” franchise on Bravo are ideally suited to star on reality television.

Bravo confirmed to CNN that their cameras were filming the couple as they prepared for the state dinner. The network said the filming of the Salahis was part of a process to consider them for the “Real Housewives of D.C.,” program.

“The cast of "The Real Housewives of DC" has not been finalized,” a Bravo spokesperson told CNN. “Michaele Salahi is under consideration as a possible cast member. “

Johanna Fuentes, vice president of communications for Bravo, told the Associated Press that the Salahis told producers they had been invited to the White House event.

The couple looks the part of “Housewives” stars.

She's as blonde as any of the “Real Housewives of Orange County” and he’s just a little bit portly like the husbands from the New Jersey arm of the franchise.

And like any aspiring stars, they know how to work a room.

Only hours after crashing the White House fete the couple posted pictures on Facebook of them mugging with Katie Couric, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Vice President Joe Biden.

They already have a publicist, Mahogany Jones, who is acting the part of a celebrity spokesperson by deftly dodging requests for comments and interviews.

"We will begin doing press and media next week providing exclusive interviews and press junkets. If you would like to be considered in our media circuit we request that you hold your proposed published profile until then," Jones told CNN via email.

The Salahis are a couple that isn't afraid of putting themselves out there: their wedding video is even available on YouTube.

The Salahis could already have a built-in audience if Michaele’s more than 7,000 Facebook fans is any indication.

While they may have breached national security, there others lately who’ve pulled national scams in an attempt to land themselves on television. At least they didn’t lie about their kid being adrift in a balloon.

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  1. Jessica*

    You're right Debra – he classifys himself as "Cablinasian". So he's made up a race to put himself into and that's better than being black or asian?

    So you come from an Irish, Welsh, Scottish background and you -don't- go around listing all those off so you say what? That you're "White"?

    December 4, 2009 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ferio

    I don't understand – who are these people, and why do they think they should have been invited to a state dinner?

    December 3, 2009 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Debra R

    Re Jessica:

    Tiger Woods does not classify himself as black.

    What I am saying is that by now we should all be color blind. The only time people use color as an indicator uis when there is something beneficial to them. It is the very last thing that should be on our minds. I come from Irish, Welsh, Scot people, but i do not refer to myself as a Irish-Welsh-Scot American. We need to get beyond the color barrier and just be people.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jessica

    Debra R – the thing about him being half white and half black doesn't matter. Of all the people that I know (and there are a LOT) who are half black and half white – if you ask them what they are – they will always tell you black. Whether you like it or not – people will always catagorize themselves into a race. Whichever race suits their needs the best.

    December 2, 2009 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. joe m

    to excuse this behavior is unacceptable. these people are narcasist and egotist who care nothing about the consequences of their actions. it galls me that they are now palying the victim and portraying themselves as being innocent of any wrong doing. charge these people with the very least trespassing and have them explain to the families of those who will surely loose their jobs, why they are actually the victims in this situation.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip Daughtry

    These two if indeed they crashed the party need to be severely prosecuted for their insult to our nation's security and self serving exploitation of our laws even if the secret service is at fault they are still obligated to respect the security and dignity of our president and we the people.

    December 1, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chris

    Take them out and flog them,maybe others will learn

    November 30, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Debra R

    For the last time people Obama is not Black, he is half black and half white....race is a stupid way to categorize people. Why is it that everyone is so down on racial profiling then when it suits them racially profile our president?

    That being said: these two people are the natural outcome of our facination with celebrity....Bravo reaped and has sown....but heads should roll in the Obama administration. Whoever was in charge of security should be fired.

    November 30, 2009 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. raynewalker

    I find it unbelievable that charges will not be filed against this couple, at least according to the latest news reports.

    I'm done with Bravo if they give these two morons air time.

    November 29, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Stella

    Reality TV needs a reality check. Even fans of the genre are fed up. In the last few months reality show contestants have murdered and cut up their wives, been arrested for assault, been jailed for tax evasion and faked balloon flights at great cost in tax dollars, but hey, it's all in the name of self-promotion and ratings. And now comes these losers, full of attitude but apparently without a penny or ounce of talent or character to their names. Please let's all become human again and learn to reject the ridiculous and downright stupid, and to curse Bravo or anyone else who thinks we're so empty-headed that we'll find these people interesting. Giving them any money would be insulting. And someone arrest them please, before they do any more harm.

    November 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sterling

    I bet she is in Playboy within 1 year!

    November 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ananthapadmanabhan c

    Breaching the security provided to a President considered to be Top most of the Presidents of the countries all over the globe, quite unimaginable, and to be widely condemned. As far as I know of the security system obtaining in the States, it is planned meticulously, and if one has to crash in he has to cross many covers, which I believe is quite unlikely unless someone in the security ladder has connived. The guilty should be punished without compassion. I am more concerned about the safty of my Prime minister, for whom the fete was arranged.

    November 29, 2009 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chuck

    I don't even think they \broke any laws. I mean they were actually let it and went through security and everything. They were basically invited in.

    November 29, 2009 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. xboot

    If we keep rewarding wannabes and con artists by giving them ratings then we deserve what we get. Whatever network gives these 2 idiots any air time should be boycotted for life!

    November 28, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kate

    Do we really need another talentless couple like Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt who have sold their integrity and self-respect to the cheapest bidder?

    November 28, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  16. alumette

    I think right now, every thing is a reality show....the reality and the fiction. It's all about how you present yourselves and how cool you are. If these people had kept their mouth shut about crashing the WH dinner, the pictures with the celebs would have been enough to promote a " reality" show. Right now, they are in hot water since they screwed up with the security people. To make them look silly is not a plus. I think they have screwed themselves up as far as getting a show. The justice system has to step in and it will be against them. Too bad they did not think before they exposed their game to facebook. They have to face some liability even if they get a green flag from the WH. The chick was really cute and appropriate...Indian Sari and all.

    November 28, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ren

    This is an absolute disgrace to all socialites. I wouldn't exactly know, but honestly, what idiots would try to get attention by crashing a White House party? Of course, the security should have been more, well, secure. It disgusts me, people like that, blondes with three punds of makeup on their faces, along with their greedy overweight husbands, attempting to be famous. I would never use a cheap show like Housewives to become famous. You need talent and personality to become famous. You need to be charismatic and persistent. The Salahis do not fit the bill.

    November 28, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  18. alumette

    Surely looks that way. They are pros in the con business. They will suck up all the way up to make a buck. Maybe they should take a little detour to the federal pen, just for starters unless their invitation was lost in the mail and they jumped the gun.

    November 28, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Oona

    The fact that these two managed the largest security breach I've ever heard of clearly indicates that there are problems in protecting our president, vice-president and his staff. Why now and not ever before has such a thing happened? I knew this president was in particular danger for being the first Black President of the United States, but this is absolutely ridiculous! What's next? Losing the launch codes?

    November 28, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Claude

    No they are not ready made reality tv stars they are criminals and should be treated as such,if the public is so eager to give people celebrity status at least make sure they are good at something.

    November 28, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  21. craig

    Sorry, but these two belong in jail. First the "balloon boy" and now this. Anyone pulling this kind of crap belongs behind bars!

    November 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Eva from Tampa

    They are con artists and should be arrested. Many of my friends/family and I will stop watching Bravo if they are rewarded for these dangerous antics. Enough is enough. The White House, our wonderful President and other world leaders are NOT a reality show!

    November 28, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  23. Opinionated

    Even though I have been amused a little by this whole incident, I am very surprised that these people have not been charged yet. What they did is appalling. Breaching security to gain some shameful publicity should not be applauded.
    They should be held accountable for what they have done- not given a new TV show.
    On the plus side, at least this incident drew attention to the fact that the SS needs to take a closer look at its "Security Protocol".

    November 28, 2009 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  24. AML

    I think it's disgraceful and embarrassing that two AMERICANS would attempt to, and actually be allowed to breach security at any event at the White House. I find their behavior and the behavior of the secret service both appalling and deeply disturbing. I am even more disgusted that Bravo would even still be considering them for an AMERICAN television program. I love and care for this country and always will but this puts our vulnerablity and sheer stupidity out there for the rest of the world to view and laugh at. There is NOTHING entertaining about that.

    November 28, 2009 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  25. Master Cylinder

    Hope these brazen nit-wits get prosecuted.

    November 28, 2009 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  26. Toshi

    If breaching national security is a qualification for starring in a "reality" show, then we are in a sad, sad state. I actually hope they won't be able to star on reality TV because they're both in jail. Shame on them, and on Bravo for apparently continuing to consider them for the series.

    November 28, 2009 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  27. Debra

    I have my own life, I won't waste my time by watching this publicity-seeking couple work at looking pretty

    November 28, 2009 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  28. LL

    This is one publicity stunt that has gone much too far and am sick and tired of "reality" television show "stars" who are trying to glorify such improper behavior. What's even more sad is that there are some individuals who are coming to their defense and are cheering them on for this act.

    The only "reality" tv show I'd watch would be of them getting their just desserts in jail.

    November 27, 2009 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Thierry

    Americans need to show more integrity and diligence during these days. Only "Dummy Socialite pretenders" , idiots and hopeless "TV reality aspirants" can act in such a stupid manner, paving the way unfortunately not for their personal moment of glory but for other malicous intentions coming from the bad guys...

    I suggest them to wacth their own tails before doing such a foolish act.

    November 27, 2009 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jessica

    It doesn't matter what race the couple is – it was a stupid move.

    People need to get off the subject of race – Our president is Black! I think that is awesome! One of the most successful women in the world – Oprah, is black! If they can work to achieve their dreams – and become some of the most powerful people in the world, why can't anyone else? What does it matter what skin color they are?

    Anyway – these too people look like a couple of tools. It is ridiculous that Bravo would be okay with filming people getting ready to crash a party at the White House to air on ANY TV show.

    These two should be fined and jailed.

    November 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Dave1960

    These two are a couple of idiots ......what do they do for a living besides run a winery into financial ruin?

    November 27, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Lois

    This couple still is "balloonish", no matter what. and should not be rewarded for breaking the law. Bravo, I HOPE, has some integrity and will zap this couple from the "reality" show. What they did is not cute, nor entertaining. Bravo needs to show some class and not be like TLC by the way they are handling the Gosselins train wreck. If these networks keep this up, I won't have any channels I am not boycotting! .

    November 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  33. femi

    well they have already given us what we want- DRAMA !!!!They get my vote Bravo i'd watch them just to see what extreme they would go to for the sake of good camera time lol lol and yes im a BIG housewifes fan i already cant wait for atlanta season to start again what ever you do you got to keep those 2 faced (which most woman are) ladies on but if what they were saying about it being scripted this season DONT DO THAT NEXT SEASON OR WITH ANY OTHER THAT IS GOING TOO FAR!!! and i gaurantee you will lose a major following!!!!! and just a ? if that would have been an african american couple trying to sneak in the white house how far would they have got i doubt pictures with joe & rom just something to think about.

    November 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |

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