Be Careful Who You Trust

Secret Thoughts

A Rewarding Experience

Man Rule Refresher

Wine Woes

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Bullying Tactics

Something for the Grandchildren

Man Rules

McGyver, Jack Bauer, ... Jason Turner?

Just Say ... Yes?

Love, Communication, and Mutual Respect

Mary's Best Moment

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No More Drama

Edge of Your Seat Drama

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Q and A With Stacie

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Shining Just Where We Are

Time to Press Delete

Mary's Worst Moment

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Gracious Offerings from Burkina Faso

No Stones Left Unturned

The White House Cirque Begins

Miss Understood

There's Nothing Pretty About Being a Mean Girl

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"Some People are Not Destined to Be Friends"

Ask, and I May Tell!

I Live for "Today!"

High Heel Fatigue

The Many Faces of Mary

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Let's Hear it for the Boys

This Oasis is Not a Mirage

What is Salahi-ism?

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Time Is a Healer

Vineyard Vindication

Breaking the Man Rules

Who wants to Shoot Tareq?

Making Wine, Housewives Style

Reality Check

Grape Expectations

I Laughed, I Cried, I Cringed

'Tis Better to Give Love Than to Receive Meanness

Be Careful Who You Trust

The Salahis sound off on the events of the season.

This episode for us is dedicated to Dirgham Salahi, (my father-in-law, Tareq's Dad) who celebrated life to the fullest and always reminded me to enjoy life! He loved the idea of this show, and while some of his last, finest moments in life were captured for Bravo TV, that footage didn't make it to the screen this season. Dirgham shared his vision for Oasis, that we carry his dream on and bring it back. His passing on October 6th, while we tried to prepare in advance, was still unexpected, and it's painful to lose loved ones. This has been the most challenging year in our lives on numerous fronts. He would have wanted us to forge ahead and would have told us to never give up while cheering with a glass of Oasis wine. So we toast this season to Dirgham Salahi, a strong man who was determined to do anything and reminded us all that anything is possible. 

Sometimes you have to ask the basic question, just like Jason Turner did for a second in this Episode. He said, "There is no way to crash the White House!" As exciting as that may sound to many, just think for a moment: If we were party crashing, why did the Defense Department White House liaison ask for our Social Security number, date of birth, full legal name and citizenship be turned in for admittance to the White House? YES! It's a fact, we were asked to submit these things, and we did. Not exactly party crashing is it? As the world later became aware, false allegations have swirled around us since November 2009, when we were falsely accused, called unpleasant names, and some even threatened our lives. From the inception of the false allegations to the present, we have consistently stated we were invited and did not party crash. We publicly revealed some of our emails from a White House Defense Department liaison to substantiate the fact that we were led to believe that we were 100% invited and welcomed at the state dinner. 

If we were "party crashing," doesn't it seem odd to do so by going to the White House with a large film crew from Half Yard for Bravo? Why would we want to potentially embarrass ourselves by getting told to go home in front of the cameras if we didn't believe to be invited? 

Many in the media and Congress developed the inaccurate theory that I was "auditioning" for the Real Housewives show the night of the White House dinner, and that our attendance at the State Dinner was a "reality show stunt."  This idea is preposterous! I had a signed contract months earlier and was already a part of the show. In fact, virtually the entire first season of Real Housewives of D.C. had already been shot by the November 2009 White House dinner.

My husband and I have been made into punching bags and punch lines. Some funny (Saturday Night Live -- brilliant, Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman), some not ( you know who you are). I was especially surprised and shocked at the bullying behavior of my fellow cast members after our attendance to the White House and my MS revelation as of late. I am very hurt for the pain they wished upon me.

The time is now for everyone to know the Truth and for others to be honest.

1. This was NOT an Audition that evening for Bravo TV.

2. We did not lie to anyone, including the Secret Service, as you now witnessed in Episode 9.

Anyway –- It's now time to move forward and onward and put this all behind us. We have forgiven those that have said false statements about this part of our life, and we ask everyone to move forward, including my cast mates. 

As you saw, a portion of the video from our Congressional response was shown in this final episode. Very few people saw this in the world, since only MSNBC aired it live. To see and hear the full video, including who knew what and when they knew it, an important statement was given by our attorney at that time, Stephen Best, that aired exclusively on MSNBC and discussed what the Secret service was aware of, and the fact that Congress had no interest in learning the truth about that night. Indeed, it was a public flogging. Click here to listen to the full video: 

You saw the last portion of this episode with us at the Turners' home, where they invited us over to "not attack us," yet they did anyway. Sad. We were told the visit was not to talk about the White House, just to visit. We had been given clear instruction by our attorney not to talk with anyone about the White House. We listen. They claim we "ran" out the back door. In fact, you see Jason Turner showing us the way out, since we were asked to exit that way with the line producer of the show who drove us to their home and her car was parked in the back. Again, just keeping it real.  

To read all details about what really happened surrounding the White House, and the betrayal by the Democratic party, you can read about it in the Book "Cirque du Salahi: Be Careful who you Trust."

We hope you enjoyed this season of The Real Housewives of DC, it has forever changed our lives. We had great fun! We have a lot more to say, and more to tell, we can only for now invite you to come visit us personally at Oasis Winery for our re-opening that is in the works to happen in the near future.

We thank you with all of our heart for your support through thick and thin. Those of you on the fence, we hope you now understand and see right through all of this. 

We love you and send a welcome cheers to the future and give you a friendly warning –- Be careful who you trust!

Michaele and Tareq Salahi




Man Rule Refresher

Rich Amons has a few more Man Rule lessons to share.


Greatly appreciate all your very kind comments on my first attempt at Bravo blogging last week. It's fun to be able to just say whatever you want without any basis or need to fact check, just like a real blogger! It was a lot of fun to read your comments as well, thank you for taking the time to respond. And time now for Round 2 of the RHWODC Reunion Show!

While I did take some heat from some unnamed members of my Man Council for outing a few of our Man Rules and Rituals (and especially the Vegas Offsite), I feel I did it for the betterment of Reality Show Society and in the interest of helping the Man Rules underprivileged, who were not entrusted with the "Code" to see the error of their ways. I would always rather ask forgiveness than permission, so please find it in your hearts, Man Council, to forgive my numerous transgressions or I will default, as is my right, to my "Sorry, but I am not sorry" veto of any sanctions brought against me. 

In that light, after viewing the RHWODC Reunion Show Part Deux, "someone" would appear to need a refresher course and some additional Man Rules and Regulations laid out for him in the interest of assisting him in getting into some big boy pants and out of the pull up over 200 Lb. diapers. 

Man Rules Refresher: Say it aloud with me, "When asked a Yes or No Question, Please give a Yes or No Answer!"  

Failure examples include:

Do you own the home featured on the show and on 

Did you send your Financial Statement over in disappearing spy ink to Stacie to protect your privacy?

Did you donate any more wine than the one sparkling wine bottle you sabraged onto Lynda's badonkadonk for Paul's birthday party?

Man Rule: Look people in the eye when you are talking to them. 

Failure to do so will give off the perception that you are either hiding something or not telling the truth. Eyes are often called the window to the soul and failure to maintain eye contact is disrespectful to the person you're lying, I mean, talking to.

Exceptions: You have no soul. 

See also: If you can fake sincerity, the rest is easy.

Man Rule: Your wife should never have to tell you to apologize.

Especially to another woman. If you're unable to recognize you have just screwed the pooch big-time with a member of the opposite sex, you should be quarantined for the duration with a 24-7 ration of Oprah and Dr. Phil reruns until properly sensitized. In the case of disagreement, yes, women should encourage men to apologize in an abundance of relationship caution, but to be "told" you have to apologize indicates your internal filters need to be recalibrated and tuned up for life outside the cave. 

Exceptions: Guy's Night Out (GNO) 

I am not apologizing while getting my drink on, "Sorry For Partying" rules are in effect while men are in their "If I had feelings they would be hurt" zone. Women, we need this precious downtime from shouldering responsibility for always being wrong under the Hilary Clinton Act (HCA) that declared the #1 Rule that was obvious to women for centuries, "Men are always wrong," which was amended recently to add HCA #2 Rule: "When in doubt, see Rule #1." 

See also: Darwin's Guide to Evolutionary Relationship Building

Man Rule: You can't blame everyone else for your mistakes and failures.

Making mistakes and encountering failure is just an unavoidable fact of life, even on Candy Mountain. When you run the sparkly rainbow unicorn right into the neighbor's new car, do you take the walk of shame up to their door and confess and leave a note with correct contact info, or do you slink away and blame those drunken high school kids playing mailbox baseball again the next morning when you see your neighbor at the coffeehouse?

Eventually you run out of people to blame and there is just you. Let's circumvent years of irresponsible behavior and just own up to our mistakes and learn from our failures going forward. One of the great parts of the real world we live in here in the US is that people recognize mistakes are part of life and don't keep score for long, but they do judge and punish those that show no remorse or the inability to see the connection that their actions have caused harm to others. 

See: The guidebooks to most major religions, such as the Bible (all versions), Koran, Common Sense for Dummies, etc.

Again, this season's Man Rule infractions are far too numerous and the space allotted by Bravo too small to address all of them. 

After some quick research, "The Donald" is my new reality show role model, he pulls it all off brilliantly while maintaining his day job and fully employing all his children, AND still maintains a single digit handicap, much respect to Mr. Trump. Call me if you ever need a 4th to play golf on the Potomac!

Again, people, please hook my daughter Lolly up with any interesting opportunities in the art, music, and animal/equestrienne areas as she is passionate about all three. Follow her on Twitter @lollyamons and please remember, her Dad is the Total JackHole of the Millennium and she deserves a break or two.

Please also follow my favorite Housewife, Mary Amons, on all she is doing (which is a lot!) at and follow her on Twitter @maryamons. She is really the one who laid it all out there this season for the world to opine on, and I think she did a great job and represented our little part of the world very well in light of a social black swan of epic proportions that dropped in uninvited and whisked the show off to Candy Mountain. There are some very funny Mary and family video pieces that we hope you get to see on in the near future. It was a pleasure to work with everyone at Bravo and Half Yard, they were great to us, and we appreciate it.

Yes, it's not generally thought to be the wisest of decisions to throw in with a reality tv show, but Mary, Bravo, and their team did a great job capturing a little taste of what I love about our town and the little Amons clan that puts the FUN in dysfunctionally functional! Thank you for watching this season and hope to hear from you here on, Facebook, or on Twitter @richamons. Mazel and good things, people!