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Couple crashes Obama’s party

world Updated: Nov 27, 2009 00:11 IST

The couple — he in a tux, she in a lehenga — seemed very much part of the crowd at US President Barack Obama’s first state dinner on Tuesday, in honour of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. That is, till they revealed the day after on Facebook that they’d crashed the most exclusive party in the US.

Though Obama and Singh were never in any danger because the uninvited guests went through the same security screening as the other 300-plus guests, the US Secret Service has started a probe into how Michaele and Tareq Salahi, aspiring reality TV stars, managed to slip in though they weren’t on the guest list, agency spokesman Ed Donovan said.

The Virginia couple went on to boast about their coup on a Facebook webpage and posted photos with Vice-President Joe Biden, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Bollywood music composer A.R. Rahman and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.

“Honored to be at the White House for the state dinner in honor of India with President Obama and our First Lady!” one of them wrote.

It appears to be the first time in modern history that anyone has crashed a White House state dinner.