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White House crashers among Times Top 10 Fleeting celebrities

world Updated: Dec 15, 2009 23:11 IST
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The couple who gate crashed into White House to attend the first State Dinner of the Obama Administration on November 24 hosted in honour of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been ranked 7th on the Times Top 10 Fleeting Celebrities.

"A little more than a month after the 'balloon boy' debacle, America witnessed the equally shameless fame-seeking stunt of Tareq and Michaele Salahi, a pair of Virginia socialites now known as the Gate Crashers," The Times wrote explaining reasons for the Salahis occupying the seventh spot on the list.

The Times said the Salahis briefly basked in the widespread media coverage of the White House security breach.

They started out calmly insisting that they had been invited, before revealing their ulterior motive: reality TV! That's right — they were just gunning for a role on Bravo's forthcoming reality series The Real Housewives of DC.

"Such outlandish social capers appear to be a pastime for the Salahis, who reportedly crashed an awards dinner for the Congressional Black Caucus in September by entering through a door used by servers and busboys. They were later escorted off the premises," the Times wrote.

Salahis, who earlier refused to appear before a Congressional committee to testify on the gate crasher episode, now has been subpoenaed to appear before the House Committee on Homeland Security on January 20.