The Virginia couple who crashed President Obama’s first state dinner last week didn’t consider it enough of a gift that they didn’t land in jail. Now they’re hoping to net a fat payday from the episode.
Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the wannabe celebs who strode past Secret Service agents and hobnobbed with the powerbrokers of politics and public life, are peddling their story to news execs and reality TV planners for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Associated Press reports that reps for the in-debt jet-setters have contacted networks, urging them to “get their bids in” for an interview. They are seeking about a half-million dollars for that right, AP reports. The Salahis, who own the Oasis Winery in northern Virginia, reportedly have filed for bankruptcy and are the subject of several lawsuits.
It appears that the freebee they were about to hand over to CNN’s Larry King won’t be happening. They canceled an appearance on “Larry King Live” for Monday.
Traditionally, news outlets do not pay for interviews.
The public brouhaha over their ability to get into the state dinner without an invitation has netted the Salahis something they truly adore – publicity. Michaele Salahis has been lobbying hard to win a slot on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of D.C," and their Facebook page is rife with images of them jet-setting throughout the D.C. area.
Secret Service officials acknowledge that they never checked to see whether the couple was on the guest list before letting them onto the White House grounds. They say they are continuing to investigate the egregious breach of security.