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.
First of all, I just would like to say, I live in DC and have for years. I watch most all the Housewives shows. For me, it's was a good thing Michaele and Tareq were on the show this season. Otherwise, it would have been a huge flop! The other "wives" with the exception of Stacie, were a massive whining bore. All they did was talk dirt about everyone. In all the discussion I have with people who watch the show feels the same.
Frankly, none of the women on the show this season are a real reflection of women/wives in Washington, DC. If the show continues next year, I hope some of the cast leave the show: Mary, Cat and Lynda. Replace them with women that truly reflect the action in DC. One of the most interesting people/character on the show this year was Edwina Rogers.
Bottom line, the show could be great! More real life Washington topics, less petty drama and name calling. A change of cast is a must. I'm sure Bravo can find a better cast of legitimate mover and shakes. Get rid of the has beens! If not for the Salahi's "story", it would have been a change the channel this year.
When so many people have a negative opinion of you it's time to start taking some self inventory and asking some tough questions. Every one can't be wrong. You have to play a role in that some where? With that being said my condolences for the loss of a loved one.
I don't know what really went down...but your cast mates are hateful people! To invite someone into their home to tell you what to do and what you did wrong...is wrong. Shame on them. Watching you on tv and cheering like it is a WWF...come on...get some class girls. Cat needs to learn to shut it.
Michelle, I have to admit, I grudgingly watch you and smile. You are true to your game, and I have to respect that. My take on the event was that at the first checkpoint, the video showed the lax security sending you through after she couldn't find your names on her list. Once you got past the first checkpoint, the other checkpoints didn't question you. I am a retired police officer, and have worked many events with high security in New York City. I know that if the first checkpoint allows a person through, the next ones probably and wrongly will not check it out, and think you belong.
I think maybe everyone other than Cat and Paul took the reaction kind of far left, but I do think your actions could inspire someone who does not have good intentions to try to get in to the White House too, and that's scary. I feel bad for Cat, because your actions impacted her husband at work, and her invitation at the White House. Paul tried so hard to see your point of view, but he lost the battle. I hope you two have been able to sort things out.
Take care. I doubt we will see you on Bravo again, but I wish you all the best, as I would anyone. Best wishes for the winery also, and the healing of your family.
You and your husband were so obviously used as scapegoats in the White House affair. The other housewives absolutely disgusted me with their back-biting comments. They are clearly jealous of you. How funny that they call you plastic, they need to look more closely in the mirror at themselves. I wish you the best and hope everything gets better for you.
First, I would like to send your husband and yourself my condolences for the loss of your father.
I wish you all the best in you endeavors with Oasis. I don't think the decision to be on this show was the best one for you. This media made you all out to be delusional.
I am looking forward to the Reunion. Good luck
Michaele I think you are very sweet. The behavior of backstabbing and gossiping that the other cast members engage in show a very dark side of who they are. No one ever sees you do this. You never talk about anyone behind their back. Cat thinks she is the honest one but she is simply the rude one. They are bullies and hypocrites. Stay the way you are. The only thing I would like to see is your husband and his family make amends.
You were never charged with a crime and it is time to drop the dinner talk. The government has bigger issues that need to be resolved. I think you had a friend in Mary BEFORE the Lolly talk at the winery . I think Cat's behavior and her own unkind words about Obama and the US lost her invite to the holiday celebration not you. Cat knocked Obama,Tyra Banks,Sarah Palin,Maryland, Americans, and the United States health care system on TV.
I really don't believe that Stacie and Jason meant to attack but were curious and wanted some answers (most friends would... believe it or not). Kat on the other hand did but also had complete reasoning behind it, to meet the President of the U.S....which was taken away from her just for associating. Nice & sincere individuals but seem to be trying to be on top of the world not caring about the toes that are stepped on. Consequences should be thought of before moving on any action. Don't expect the world not to question the inevitable. -xoxo
The Salehis seem like lovely people. I think they honestly believed they had been invited to the White House because of actions by various White House employees, as the newsclip of their attorney indicates. As for the cast of the show, the DC folks, I find them all rather unappealing as humans.
I think the reason you are getting such a bad reception from people is the way you are portraying yourself. Unfortunately there always seems to be something that doesn't appear legit and you don't offer explanations like most people would that make sense. I don't want to be mean, because you don't seem mean but someone should give you better advice. Do you have people around you that advise you and your husband on your PR??? Fire them and get someone new. Honestly, you appear to be in a bubble. No one is out to get you, they just can tell that you are hiding things and no one, including the public likes to be made a fool of. If you want to be in the spotlight and have people take you seriously and not feel sorry for you then you should learn to be more honest not live in denial. Good luck to you, I hope you sort your life out because watching you on this show is painful.
I don't see why all the negativity is pointed towards this couple! They seem very nice and loving and anyone who expends all their time drumming up ill feelings toward someone, really needs to look in the mirror. I think it's awesome that they genuinely love each other. It's nice to see people be happy and positive in this day and age. I wish them good luck and to rock on! Life is too short to live for someone else!! Cheers to you two!
I believe you. I can not believe that the men and women who are there to protect our president would allow people to 'crash' the white house. I believe they know what they are doing and only the best are hired. I liked Mary until she became part of the mean girls group. You are smarter than that Mary, move on. If I were in the area I would love to frequent Oasis. I think k that people need to look at themselves and realize they have become bullies and stop. Our children are killing themselves because of being bullied.
Hi Michaele! Just sending out some love for you and your husband. The other women on the show are terrible! I wouldn't be able to sit in a room with ANY of them. And Kat, GACK! She's so full of herself and trying to "prove" she's "real" well she's a real a-h-e. Give me a break, a bunch of unforgiving - judgmental attitudes. Do you really want to continue hanging out with these dumdums? Take Care and God Bless! Sandra
We know there must be more to it or there would have been charges. I would like some of the congressmen to have specified how your visit was a threat to the country or the president. If anything, it pointed out a breach in security so they can fix it! As for plastic, I hope your "friends" realize when they watch that they are themselves fake, plastic people who talk bad about each other and then hug and kiss up in person. What a sad bunch!
My ex-sister-in-law suffers from MS. Sadly, unlike you, she deteriorated within a few years of being diagnosed, now being in a wheel chair, legally blind and cannot even feed herself. The one thing every doctor has always made a point of saying to her is to keep herself away from stress as much as possible. I would think your health would be more important than being in the stressful situation this season presented.
At least God knows all and that's all that matters. :) Its between you and god.. not you and tareq .. you can't fool god.. so if you came to the white house thinking you were invited.. then that's all that matters... no lies to god :)
I've thought you were beautiful from the beginning. You were the only woman on there to NEVER talk about the other women behind their backs. Their jealousy was obvious. You can't fake being as sweet as you are for as long as you have been without it being real. You ARE a sweet and good person. I wish you the best.
I want to say that i think your fellow cast mates were cruel and hypocritical toward you. I don't know what the truth is, but I was very upset that your fellow cast mates could be so two faced to the both of you. just remember when they all were pointing fingers at you, two; there were 3 fingers pointing right back at them!
I liked Andy interview with Tareq and Michaele today. Andy was so human with both and regardless the situation it is sometimes good to pass through difficult times in life just to remind us who our real friends are. Its amazing how everyone in that show turned against ....where you surprised about how they react towards you?.....and I have a question for Michaele where can we find any books for you regarding positive and negative personality and how to get rid of negative and let positive control us. And really would like you to talk more about MS...
I don't know. I like you. Watching the other housewives wishing you would be handcuffed and go to jail...cheering at your pain, made me think about the bullying epidemic going on right now.
Don't like your husband but I like you.
I just love you you are so sweet and I wish you the best and I'm sorry for the loss of Tareq's father.
Honestly I really felt bad for you, I'm still lost for words. I hope you the best and wish you well in the future.
I think that fact that BRavo spent the whole season on you and your husband speaks volumes about how boring the other house-witches of DC really are. They tried to come off as freindly or above it all, but showed themselves to be nothing more than back stabbing, gossipy things that needed to be endured. Sadly i endured it week after week,mostly, and am kicking myself for those hours i wont get back. I hope you go on to better things than this.
Love you guys! I have from the beginning! You and your hubby are the only reason I can tolerate the RHODC. The other women are so mean and jealous of you two! They obviously were never taught how to play nice in the sand box. Didn't they watch RHONY and see where the mean girls ended up and how the nice girl (Bethenny) with her own show!?! Stay in the positive beautful women you are and you'll end up on top! Loved how you turned that beautiful dress into something even more beautiful for MS. Wish you and your husband all the best. Be well~
Sending lots of love to Michaele and Tareq! I can't imagine what you have been through but I know you can rise above it. It is frightening to see how evil and jealous people can use power and media to ruin people. The seeds of jealousy and anger were planted at the beginning of the series and have now grown to epic proportions. You are beautiful and rich and famous... you are destined to be hated by some.
I have watched all the housewives shows (love them all)...I have to say out of all the housewives and all the shows these women in this episode are the most ill behaved and worst housewives I have see to date!! I was so (and still am) sick with their behavior...and people complain about Danielle...ha ha I am glad I do not have friends like this...Good luck Michaele
I think you are a gentle hearted person! I really believe that Tareq meant it when he said he felt bad about confronting Mary. Mary is such a hypocrite - she thinks she is handling the situation with class but really she is a "mean girl"! I do not care for her at all and it has been uncomfortable watching her condemn the two of you!! I think her daughter was involved with something with the polo gear because of the way she reacted to you talking to Mary about it. Cat - well she is another story - very different.
I think you have "taken the high road"! I wish you both the best in the future!
Bravo is brilliant! The public knew all about the Salahis and the White House dinner before the show even aired. So we of course were all going to watch to see what really happened. But we still don't know after weeks of watching, but Bravo sucked us in, again. Like I said, Brilliant!
I do like you Michaele, and am very sorry to hear about your MS. I have several clients with it, and you'd never know, just like with you. Wishing you good health.
I watch the housewives shows for entertainment. There always is one "wive" that's only there to deliver the drama...and on this show, it's you. So if you stay, you need to accept that it won't change. It's your role. But none of the other wives are as real or as sweet as you. There's a lot of unanswered questions floating around about you and Tareq, but from what I do see, you are refreshingly sweet, and I can't say that about any of your cast mates. Good luck.
Girl, Stay strong! You are a beautiful, intelligent, loving woman, on the inside and the outside. Your castmates are seeting of jealousy because you are not a fat pig, because your marriage is a love story (not without struggles like we all have) and because you and your husband are a team. Don't let the petty, juvenile, ugly (inside and out) cast mates get/bring you down. You will overcome any struggles and become stronger and prevail in the end. America doesn't believe for a second you crashed a white house dinner. You were obviously invited, someone may not have done their job in getting paperwork through and to cover for their errors, you are the fall-guys. That's how it works in Washington because they are cowards. Stand strong! I'm a fan.
I applaud your composure in so many situations that I would probably have put some ladies, and I say that will kindness, up against the wall. Going to England in 2002, Cat is so familiar with the attitude of many women in England. Here in America we are considered as spoiled so watching Cat do her thing still brings back the memories of how they call themselves PROPER? I still laugh a bit.
Stand as you are, true to yourself and let the world do their thing.
Good luck, continue to hold your heads high, many realize what a lady you are and what superficial friends you have in the DC housewives. Sometimes it's best to remove yourself from negative "friends" and have a positive day.
Please Micahele Read This!!!! I believe you!! I don't think you crashed the white house...I don't understand why everyone is being so mean to you!!!!! Just get through it, you should be flattered how jealous the other women on the RHODC are of you.
Just loved the way you handled yourselves on the show. If you weren't invited to the White House, it would have gone down differently. I'm sorry you won't be back, but the other housewives are so jealous of you and your energy, that it's best for you and your husband to take a break. Go back to the things you do best. Also, try getting your own reality show so that all of us who love and support you can enjoy more of you. I wish you well. Don't let any of those toxic people tear you down. Good health and prosperity to you and yours. Huge fan!
I love the way you are, a great couple with a good heart!! you,re cast mates are full of jealousy and heat you were in the show house of snakes!!
Cheers to you two!!
Michaela you have shown what a strong, gracious, and beautiful housewife you are, I respect your courage and positive attitude. That is why I watch the show, to see housewives balance family life while pursuing their passions. Along our journeys we find friends who turn out to be merely aquaintances, and aquaintances who turn out to be true friends, so I wish you more of the latter :) and wish you and your husband all the best.
Peace to you and Tareq. Are you leaving the show? If so I wish you the best. Without you on the cast, there will be no reason for me to watch it anymore. Good luck with Oasis and love to all. Chris
It's so beautiful the way you and your husband look at each other, it's obvious that he loves you very much. The Turners should be ashamed of how they treated you. They were delighted that you were in trouble. Do you think Bravo set this whole thing up for ratings, maybe even tipping off the press???
I thought you looked so nice at the State Dinner...and believe and have always believed it was a miss communication and you both were, regretfully set as an example because of their mistake. Sorry for all the problems that this event created for you both and is still creating for you both. It was a public flogging and and because it was a state dinner and widely publicized...it'll hang with the both of you forever. That will be a label you both will never be able to get rid of.
I sort of understood why the ladies jumped on the band wagon in believing you and Tariq crashed the White House party being that they've stated numerous times in previous episodes that you party crash all the time. However, I didn't like how they were rooting and cheering at the possibility that your lives would be destroyed. I can't wrap my head around why they would be so mean to the point of hate? Especially Mary, I don't know what her beef is with you? But whatever it is, she really REALLY don't like you and Tariq. Look, I don't know if you were invited or not but its plain to see that there was a HUGE misunderstanding and communication breakdown somewhere. And because of this, these actions have forever affected your lives negatively as well as others. I am only a viewer and don't know anything about your life. So I most certainly don't have anything against you. I will only pray for you and will wish you both the best in health, well being, and all postive future endeavors you seek to achieve.
Isn't that exactly what Michaele and Tariq did when they invited Mary to the winery and then accused her daughter of stealing?
I don't know what to think. I have watched the whole season and while I think some of the things said by the others was cruel I think you brought it on yourselves. They are just fed up especially after what happened with Mary and the way she was attacked by you about her daughter. You should never go after someones child, and doing so in front of others is not right. I just think it is time for you to go and get on with your lives. Best of luck.