Appearing on a nationally broadcast morning news show [NBC's Today Show] with his wife, Tareq Salahi said the furor surrounding his and his wife Michaele's attendance at the dinner a week ago has been a "most devastating" experience. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs described President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as angered by the incident.Not that it matters all that much-- I mean, it's not as interesting as the whole "gatecrashing the White House" angle-- but the party was for the prime minister of India.
Michaele Salahi had hoped to land a part on an upcoming Bravo reality show, "The Real Housewives of D.C." NBC's parent company, NBC Universal, also owns the cable network Bravo.
They got in and made it all the way to the president himself:
That is pretty cool. The biggest event I've ever crashed was a biker rally in Bean Blossom Indiana.
Anyway, here's what I'm wondering about: The Salahis are United States citizens, correct? And the president works for the citizens of the United States. The White House doesn't belong to one person; it belongs to all of us. So why does a United States citizen have to "crash" a party to get in?
I don't think a person should be able to just walk on in without going through some kind of security, including metal detectors-- and apparently the Salahis did just that-- but there is far too much distance between elected officials, who are supposed to work for the citizens, and the citizens themselves.
Today, the only times private citizens get to "meet" with politicians who get themselves elected to public office is in heavily-scripted "press conferences" and "photo ops" in which the politicians and their handlers control every aspect.
The Salahis took control for themselves, and that has the Obamas outraged, at least according to their spokesman.
Interviewed on MSNBC, [White House spokesman Robert] Gibbs said "it's safe to say he (Obama) was angry. Michelle was angry."
I've always found it a little amusing, or irritating, or both, that presidents have "spokespeople" whose job is to help make the president look good-- they're PR people-- whose salaries are paid for with tax money. Think about it. You and I paid Robert Gibbs to go on MSNBC and say that.
Confusingly, the Salahis claim they were invited.
"We were invited, not crashers, and there isn't anyone who would have the audacity or the poor behavior to do that," she [Michaele Salahi] said. "No one would do that, and certainly not us."I do like her use of Obama's word "audacity" in that statement. But is it really so audacious for United States citizens to want to meet their employees?
The last line of the article is classic, and adds an extra layer of irritation:
A congressional hearing is planned for Thursday.Will the Salahis be in attendance at this hearing? Will they have to get through security? Have they been invited? And, why do we need a "congressional hearing" (aren't they working on a few wars, health care, recession, etc) when we all know the conclusion is going to be "double check the guest list next time"?
The Salahis wanted to get on a reality show, "The Real Housewives of DC." Members of congress get to call their own reality show-- a congressional hearing we're all paying for.
Maybe the Salahis can adopt the Balloon Boy, and start a reality show about people who are being unfairly maligned by the media.