Speaking of Turkeys …

By Loudoun Insider

What jerk-offs these two are.  Attention loving pieces of crap in my opinion.  Who looks worse in this, the ego-maniacal couple or the Obama White House?  And what’s with the WaPo giving them front page treatment three days in a row???  Are they paying the Post for this attention they so obviously crave, or is the Post just giving them what they so desparately want for free?  After the whole “salon” fiasco, who knows anymore with the WaPo.


  • kelley in virginia says:

    big discussion about this on several of the big conservative blogs. I’m thinking that these people are Palestinian-loving thieves who were “waved in” by someone high up in the White House. I do not believe the SEcret Service allowed them in without a special OK.

  • What the hell is it with people, anymore? First you get the reality show wanna-bee that puts his kid away in his house and then claims the kid is orbitting the globe in a weather baloon, and now you have this couple of dumbshits jumping into recieving lines to see the Chief dipshit.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    The person who needs to step forward is whoever gave the wave to the agent.

    Unfortunately, my bet is that a low level agent will take the fall for not following procedure.

    It seems to be being treated like hijinks of the adorably privileged, but let’s pretend this is all written off as okay (except for the bad bad gatekeeper agent deferring to someone higher in the know) and fast-forward to a state occasion where unofficial policy has become “it’s okay, they say they’re so-and-so”, and the President or another high-profile target comes to harm, just because someone looked the part and had a seven-hour hairdo?

    This is inexcusable, and I did NOT vote for Obama.

    He is the President, and the office deserves much better than this, not to mention his (our country’s!) legitimate guests.

  • Lovettsville Lady says:

    My guess is that there were other people who had been invited but were not on the secret service list. Agents were told to let people in rather than embarrass an invited guest. I think it’s funny as heck. Only in America would these wannabees become instant celebrities with the Washington Post helping them every step of the way.

    (THAT hairdo took 6 hours?)

  • Wolverine says:

    That was a mighty big state dinner this pair crashed. Much bigger than any in recent times. Probably a contributing factor in all this. I recall that many of the guests were arriving at the same time, making for organized chaos at the gates. Maybe Obama is now trying to outdo Andrew Jackson when the latter decided to open the doors of his White House pad to the “people.”. We should be grateful at least that the uninvited didn’t trash the place up and then take off with the dinnerware as souvenirs. Old Hickory, as I recall, quickly changed his mind about those expanded guest lists.

  • Wolverine says:

    BTW, did I miss this or did Obama officially “pardon” a turkey this year? I mean a real turkey, not some Congressman caught with his hand in the public till.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Lovettsville Lady, if the (lack of) policy is to defer rather than challenge, it won’t be funny when someone dangerous gets in.

    If the target then is a foreign guest, then we have an international tragedy on top of a domestic catastrophe.

    This isn’t some fad club, where as long as you’re on an unpublished list a nod and a wink is just way cool.

    Regardless of who is President, this is not funny, cute, okay, or chic.

    It is total unmitigated bullshit, with tax dollars paying the bill (one of those things polo couple apparently doesn’t do).

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Wolverine, he did continue the turkey pardoning tradition.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    The Secret Service reported that at no time was the President in danger because the publicity seeking couple was wanded by the magnetometer. This doesn’t consider their intentions, which luckily were just to get a reality show. I’m guessing if their intentions had been to harm the President, or another head of state, or just take out Katie Couric because you don’t like her shit-eating grin – being in close proximity to silverware or glass is not a good thing.

  • Brian S says:

    There was a time when going to a state dinner was a big deal. They were exclusive, and you had to be someone in Washington to even get an invite. I recall when the Queen was in town, one of the union presidents I work with got an invitation and it was a huge deal. That was back when they actually held them in the White House and there were fewer than a 150 invitees.
    Nowadays they’re so big they can’t fit in the executive mansion, and instead of being exclusive, you get so many people at them that people can sneak in and no one seems to notice. It’s funny – last July when my wife and I went to the White House for the Fourth, they required us to RSVP a month in advance, to show invitations at the gate and ID in order to get in. And there were probably a thousand of us then and the closest we got to the President was him waiving from the balcony of the residence.
    It’s kind of sad really, and as much as people blame the Secret Service, I blame the culture of the Obama White House. The President is the President. If there’s a backup to get in, there’s a backup to get in. No reason to cut corners or waive someone through just because they came with a camera crew. What’s next, Borat in the Oval Office?

  • Ken Reid says:

    It is unbelievable that something like this could happen. If there was some Obama insider or India embassy person who got them in, then I hope the civil servants in the Secret Service are not the fall guys. Some of you may recall that the World Cup of Polo was played at Morven Park in May 2007 and May 2008. Council members and Supervisors cut the ribbon with the Salahis, and the Council gave them, and other event organizers, commendations in June 2007. In 2008, “Code Pink” was there to protest Blackwater’s helicopters. I met Michaele Salahi at both events and she is definitely glamorous and bubbly. I just hope those vendors and p.r. people got paid!

  • TiredOfItAll says:

    Apparently they were turned away at the vechicle gate but the walk through gate let them through. I guess that guys name is mud.

  • Scout says:

    We’ll see what the investigation reveals. However, as a starting point, it appears to be a security failure, and not something that can accurately be hung on the occupants (of whatever party or political philosophy) of the White House. Not everything that happens there is the fault of the President of the moment. If the guest list was as big and loose as the annual Easter Egg roll and the Secret Service couldn’t control the crowd, it is up to those responsible for security to say so. If there was indeed a protest from the Secret Service before the event and they were explicitly over-ridden by the President or his staff, then we have something to talk about.

  • Loudoun Watcher says:

    As one who likes to get HIS picture taken with famous people, I guess Ken Reid really grooved on being in such close proximity to Michaele. She’s so glamorous and bubbly. Isn’t that what this is all about? Her glamour, her Victoria’s Secret modelness, her Redskinetteness? Oops. Turns out it’s all a lie. Oh well, Ken Reid likes her.

  • Lovettsville Lady says:

    Brian said, “I blame the culture of the Obama White House.”

    Barbara, THAT’S why I thought it was funny as heck. It’s just SO typical of the Obama White House to screw things up.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Lovettsville Lady, I can appreciate that.

    My own opinion is just that neither is really funny for long.

    I am old enough to remember being sent home from school when Kennedy was killed, and I remember my father taking me downtown to see the funeral procession.

    Regardless of who happens to be President at the moment, this is unacceptable even if it is a net harmless. Clinton’s agents used to go nuts when he jogged through downtown, stopping randomly for doughnuts or McDonald’s, but at least they knew it was a wide open theatre when they were running with him in the open.

    There are basic rules that must be followed, because the person filling the Office of the President deserves a better measure of respect and protection.

    I think they should nail them, and I think the staff needs to get professional in one hell of a hurry.

  • Loudoun Moderate says:

    This outrageous couple is going to milk this for all it’s worth as long as the media and the public continue to obscess about them. For crying out loud, let the spoiled, self-absorbed idiots go back to their pampered lifestyle and vanish into obscurity.

    This is another case of reg flags being ignored. Think back to the VT and Fort Hood massacres–there were red flags flying all over the place. Didn’t the fact that this couple was followed by cameras, make-up artists, etc., seem a little out of the ordinary?

    BTW, I agree with BM: nail the bastards for any of their antics that are deemed illegal. And White House staffers: delay further cast-of-thousands social events until you get your act together.

  • Leej says:

    So what is the answer???? Take more rights from people.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Lee, I don’t think anyone’s advocating taking rights–I also don’t think these two had any “right” to pop in for facebook pictures and an audition tape, using whatever connection they may have milked to possibly cost people their jobs in an agency sworn to protect, all for a funloving lark.

    Or to set up another international polo scam for their “charity” that keeps moving jurisdictions every time it is announced that they don’t actually raise funds for the stated cause. Perhaps the only “charity” is their own lifestyle and ego.

    The President and his guests have the right to gather without fear, either from relatively harmless idiots OR from potentially dangerous lunatics.

    This is kind of a grand scale pseudo-adult version of “it’s funny until someone gets their eye poked out”.

  • Ken Reid says:

    I was just conveying Ms. Salahi’s personality since none of you have met her, including Loudoun Watcher, who obviously doesn’t understand that elected officials get photographed with people who get awards and presentations. Comes with the job!

  • Loudoun Watcher says:

    Ken Reid, Since you don’t know whether or not I know her, you really can’t comment about it. And you did describe her as “elegant and bubbly” indicating that you admired her a lot. At least that’s language usually associated with admiration. I do understand that officials get their pictures taken with celebrities, I certainly don’t live in a cave. Duh. And, I’ll bet you just love your job, Huh?

  • Loudoun Watcher says:

    Sorry, that was “glamorous and bubbly”, wasn’t it?

  • Ravi Oli says:

    I would merely like to say that I find Ken Reid an exceptionally glamorous and bubbly man and I say this in complete admiration and sincerity. I do not know what will become of these Salahi people, but I must communicate with the deepest authority that no one in the Indian embassy would be a party to this type of hijinx – of this I am most certain.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Now we have to determine if “glamorous and bubbly” constitutes admiration? I’m sure Mrs Whatshername is glamorous, and probably bubbly, but that’s not all! She sounds like a poser and an opportunist of the highest order, but along the way towards their obnoxious lifestyle being outed, she and her wine-making husband did plenty of schmoozing all over NOVA with all kinds of public officials and socialites.

    I am still wondering why it took 6 hours to do this lady’s hair? How is that even possible?

  • Lovettsville Lady says:

    I too was there on November 24, 1963 when Kennedy’s body was brought down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. Remember the wild riderless horse with the backward boots? It was my little brother’s birthday, but my family insisted that we all attend. While standing on the lawn of the Capitol, freezing cold, waiting for the cortege, my father’s transistor radio told us that Lee Harvey Oswald had been shot. It was a day I shall never forget. To compare the Salahi’s misadventures to that day in our country’s history is beyond ridiculous.

    With apologiess to John Riggins,

    Barbara Baby, lighten up! You are on the verge of sounding like a typical, grouchy, liberal.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Lovettsville Lady, the riderless horse with the backward boots (name of Black Jack, of the Fort Myer Old Guard stables) was headed in the other direction, the day he was taken to Arlington to be interred.

    My dad asked the policeman if I could sit on the curb to watch the procession, because he had a bad back like his fellow Irish Catholic veteran the President, and couldn’t hold me on his shoulders for long.

    It was a much simpler time–the cop said sure, so there I sat.

    The Salahis “misadventure” exposed a gaping hole no President or visiting dignitary is safe with.

    I’d rather NOT see anything happen to Obama, no matter what I think of him or his policies, precisely because of what grouchy liberals could and would do if something more crucial happened than some photo ops.

    Some are already saying that the couple (Democratic donors, by the way) are obvious right wing nutjobs who bribed the Secret Service, who want to send a message to Obama about his safety.

    I think THAT is beyond ridiculous, but White House security shouldn’t be a joke, regardless of high rolling horse country hijinks.

  • And just when you knew it was going to get better —-
    “The Virginia couple who allegedly crashed a White House state dinner is tied to Rashid Khalidi, a pro-Palestinian professor who excuses terrorism and has been a close associate to President Obama.”
    “Tareq Salahi served on the board of the American Task Force for Palestine, where Columbia University Professor Khalidi served as vice president”


  • rabble rouser says:

    OMG! Salahi is tied to Kalidi? Boy, I tell you. If any Obamaniacs at the White House got these people in, they need to be keel-hauled, or “hauled” before a Congressional committee, but I don’t suppose we’ll see that. Even if Evan Bayh and John Kyl have asked for a congressional investigation, I am sure the Dem leadership will quash that. After all, the Annointed One (more like Annoying One), is going down in flames so fast on this health reform thing, that he doesn’t need an investigation on whether his OWN WHITE HOUSE STAFF created a security breach! Dean — you need to get that little fact about Salahi and Khalidi to the national media. Please do that!

  • Loudoun Watcher says:

    Keelhauling? Seriously?

    Keelhauling was a type of naval punishment in the 17th and 18th century. Although officially only the Dutch Navy practiced it, under the name of kielhalen. Keelhauling is a brutal form of corporal punishment which involves dragging the offender underwater from one side of a ship to the other. In a period when the word of the ship captain was law, keelhauling was only one in a variety of unpleasant punishment tactics which could easily kill a sailor.

  • rabble rouser says:

    LW — you obviously take verbiage too literally, just like assuming “glamorous and bubbly” means “adoring.” You need too look beyond the verbiage and see what Monk and I are trying to say about security breaches and how they should be investigated, not swept under the rug like Obama’s “Army” wants with the Ft. Hood shooting. Anyone involved with Salahi-gate should be punished.

  • Lovettsville Lady says:

    Makes you wanna go uuummmmm……………..perhaps these folks really were invited.

  • Oh, they probably were, but keeping a lid on that lil’ ditty and firing some poor Secret Service Joe to make it look legit is how they’ll handle this.

    You really cannot make this stuff up. The administration for this Pres is either corript, or their a bubling bunch of morons. Either way, it doesn’t reflect well on his years in the WH. Luckily, a growing number of independents and even democrats is growing more restless with each passing week.

    Short of ACTUALLY closing down some of the news outlets THRU GOV’T FORCE (Fox, National Review, etc…), they cannot keep a lid on this story. It will find it’s way out into the populance. Reported correctly, it could make the ABC/NBC/CBS/MSNBC crowd look like they were asleep at the switch.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Dean, this guy is such a trainwreck–do you really think there is something more here than a credential? He seem to collect them, for self-aggrandizement. Given how well his ventures seem to turn out, I can’t see anyone with a serious agenda using him to get anything real done, nefarious or otherwise.

    Interesting blip on the news today–former WH staffer resigned in February, after Miss Desiree told her her duties wouldn’t be needed in the new administration.

    Those duites were verifying guest lists, and checking people in at events.

    Gee, maybe they DO need her after all?

    You may be right–they may have been allowed on the QT, but then I’d think they would have stayed for dinner–lol.

    Curiouser and curiouser!

  • Loudoun Watcher says:

    1. the excessive and often meaningless use of words; verbosity

    Sooo, Rabble, you admit that you used too many meaningless words in your post, eh?

    ver·bi·age (vûrb-j, -bj)n.
    1. An excess of words for the purpose; wordiness.

    And I didn’t accuse you of “adoring”, I said “admiring”. So I guess YOU didn’t pay much attention. And I think YOU should use words that you know the meaning of.

    And, what the hell, I agree these two should be soundly punished, I think a jail term is in perfect order. They deserve it and it should help discourage other idiots from following suit.

  • Loudoun Watcher….they only did what they were allowed to do.
    Unfortunately, the Secret Service was only following orders.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Howard Stern was incredulous today that someone named Tareq Salahi could get through security so easy. Not to sound racist or anything, but do you think that he would have at least gotten a second look-over? Or maybe he really was ushered in on the sly. Who knows. He and his wife still seem like raging a-holes.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Howard Stern? Talk about raging a-holes.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    I’m still of the opinion that it’s most likely someone TOLD the agent on duty to let it slide–trained agents don’t break procedure all on their loneseome.

    And I agree that the agency is probably going to take this bullet for whoever said to let them in.

    The whole thing stinks.

  • Leej says:

    The real problem the tax dollars are almost gone. The government workers and subcontractors have raped America. And soon the money will be gone. Almost identical to Stalin. And others in history. Then they the government starts to look for scape goats.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I knew that would rile some people up! Howard Stern is the funniest man on this planet. I am thankful for Sirius Radio!

    I just got a chance to look through today’s WaPo. Not one, but two stories about these tools and an op-ed with photo. Stories on A3 and the front page of Style section, again. Something is up with the WaPo and this – there’s just waaaay too much ink being used on this.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Well LI, in a way it’s a horse country story, and the Post is a horse country paper.

    His parents are legit and built legitimate businesses, and it seems he’s given them no end of very unseemly public grief–maybe this is his long overdue spanking?

    They’re also a “look over there!” paper, depending on the issue.

    Who knows?

  • Mr. Ed says:

    Right Munsey, the WashPost is a horse country paper, and everyone knows how much you hate horses. What happened, did you get kicked in the face as a child by Black Jack at Kennedy’s funeral?

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    No Mr. Ed, actually I don’t hate horses. I used to ride them regularly on land that is now part of Tyson’s when I was a kid.

    I enjoyed it immensely, but perhaps outgrew the tween-girl worship, hence I don’t get misty-eyed when people who happen to enjoy the hobby misbehave.

  • Jim Corish says:

    Back to Stevens Miller.

    Did anyone check out his proud list of endorsments at:


    One can only imagine the kind of delegate he would have been with friends like these.

  • Michael says:

    Did the County give this guy 200k for the polo tournament US Cup they sponsored in 2007? From what I am reading it appears he duped many sponsors who now claim they were never sponsors of the event — much of the money from this charity event can’t be found etc. Did Loudoun get stiffed by these cons too?

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    I remember the county supporting it in some way, but don’t remember if it was direct sponsorship, or TOT funds, or what.

    Something tourism-related.

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