If you thought the Balloon Boy hoax was as far as you’d see aspiring reality TV jokers go for 15 minutes of fame, you don’t know Michaele and Tareq Salahi.
The Virginia couple somehow managed to crash a state dinner at the White House this week and get up close and personal with President Barack Obama.
They are now the subject of a federal investigation.
The Secret Service is looking to file charges against Michaele and Tareq Salahi, who were attempting to land a spot on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of D.C.
On Tuesday, the Salahis snuck into the president’s first state dinner, honoring the prime minister of India, then posted pictures of themselves schmoozing.
Amazingly, Michaele and Tareq Salahi even managed to meet Barack and Michelle Obama in a receiving line, bypassing security with no invite or red flag.
Here’s them with Vice President Joe Biden on Facebook:
You guys might want to take this pic off Facebook, just FYI.
On the verge of launching the D.C. installment of its reality franchise, Bravo is trying distance itself from it, saying the Salahis’ participation is “not finalized.”
“[Show producers] Half Yard Productions were filming the Salahis that day as they prepared for the event, that’s the extent of our involvement,” Bravo said Friday.
So they told producers they were invited and were filmed getting ready. That doesn’t explain how they got in, of course, and President Obama isn’t taking it lightly.
The matter has been referred to the Secret Service’s internal affairs division, leading to a full investigation, according to Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin.
While Mackin said the agency hasn’t determined if party crashing is illegal, it hasn’t ruled out pursuing criminal charges against the fame-seeking socialites.
Secret Services is taking full responsibility for the mishap, saying procedures likely weren’t followed at the checkpoints and invites weren’t checked properly.