Michaele Salahi

The Salahis sound off on the events of the season.

on Oct 6, 20100

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. 

162 comments
Eva Diva
Eva Diva

Dear Michaele, I wish you all the best! I hope you stay healthy and take care of yourself. Aside from the MS - Overall, when I watched the show, it was nice to see someone so...nice. You are positive and joyful. I wish I could be so upbeat all the time! Take care, Eva

Nancy Lott
Nancy Lott

Bravo for you! If you open Oasis for the public, I hope you publicize it so that we in Richmond, VA (and other folks who are dying to visit) will get to come and again express our delight with your contributions to the show. I'm glad someone was able to come through as the "good guy" even though the writers and producers had to pick someone to be the underdog. I have a million questions about how these shows are produced....is the story line real or contrived? You all are brave to put yourselves out there....looking stupid at times but always gorgeous and hope you all are well compensated. If you write a book, I'll buy it! I'd love to know how Bravo finds all these folks who end up being so talented in the shows and on the final interviews. Good luck and hope you continue to reap rewards of all your hard work and gentle spirit.

CS
CS

exactly!

Viewer1001
Viewer1001

Your great do not let the others bring you down!

Peace n Love
Peace n Love

Michaele You have such positive spirit and attitude. This is what will support you through the negativity that surrounds you a this time. Be your own person and remain true to yourself. Peace and wellness are my wishes for you.

Leona Greene
Leona Greene

Shannon,

I to have MS, and I have seen some symptoms in Michaele that someone who does not have it would not recgonize, those ladies are so out of line. I think she needs to stop wearing those HIGH heals for her own safety.

Leona Greene

OML
OML

House wives of Orange County and ATlanta...still the best. The others are soso.

Leona
Leona

I agree they want all their laundry exposed but humm hey want to keep their lives private. I also agree hun stay away from those two girls they are trouble, you could also add Mary to that list too. Until they have grown up some. Kat and Lynda have had it out for you since the beginning.

Leona

RNsRule
RNsRule

I agree with this writer. I never really understood why the other women did not like you??? The White House thing, we all saw them let you through the gate, what happened next, I don't know. But, as the previous writer says, 'who cares' anymore. You, Tareq and God know what happened, right or wrong.

As for your diagnosis of MS, I am emotionally behind you. I too live with a debilitating illness that people can't 'SEE' when they look at me. But, that doesn't mean I don't have it and don't suffer in pain each day of my life.

Keep holding your head high, it's the best you can do. continue to behave like the lady you have shown to be.

Patricia from South Florida
Patricia from South Florida

Michaele, I have been a fan watching this seasons shows, having said that, I can honestly say that the drama everyone goes through on the show keeps me watching from week to week, perhaps it's the escape from our own dramas we seek. When all is said and done I am certain you and your family will continue to grow from the good and bad experiences, as we all do. It is not for us to judge. It is human nature to pull for the underdog, but what doesn't seem fair is to see anyone being bullied to the point it is hurtful and it seems tonights reunion was just that. Hands down tonight you showed you are a champion you exhibited an elegance that has not come through in previous shows, you were graceful and it is easy to see why others can and will be envious. You know what is important, place your positive energies in helping others with the voice and the platform you have been given. You are blessed in so many ways I hope you continue to use your position to promote awareness for MS. You have many people here who support you, good-luck and take care.

Love your Attitude!
Love your Attitude!

You are a wonderful, upbeat person!!! :) I love how you dealt with those "ugly" people such as the other housewives! I don't get it, but think you have handled yourself great. It is like a group of high school girls (except Stacie). Kat especially...yuck...it is easy to say that "oh, she just speaks her mind". No! Anyone can do that. Classy people watch peoples feelings!

tatahuff
tatahuff

i love your outlook in life. everyone can learn from your positive and happy attitude. you do have the bigest heart

cjcole esq
cjcole esq

Michaele

Keep up the positive thinking and positive behavior. I am glad that you bite back when it comes to the other ladies. I do think that they are immature. I will say that I would like to see you reign your husband in just a little more.

jacquie P.
jacquie P.

Ditto, ditto - I fully agree with your comments. Keep smiling 'M' and keep away from the Lyndas and Kats of this world.

Shannon Stern
Shannon Stern

Hi Michaele! I am a huge fan of the show! For my public speaking class, I am giving a speech on Multiple Sclerosis. I know that you recently stated that you are affected with this disease. I was wondering if you could answer some questions for me.

Thanks so much and I hope to hear from you soon!

Sincerely, Shannon Stern

disgustedviewer
disgustedviewer

Hi,I cannot quite claim to be a full fledged fan however I just want to say i think it is HORRIBLE how the others have treated you on the show. It is a disgrace. I do think some of the things you and your husband have been involved with seemed shady but its not their business. Also on the reunion show preview looks they like all go after you and for that reason I may not even watch it. I won't watch someone be brutalized like that....especially since it seems the whole season its been like that, and I started losing interest some time ago. Its just not right seeing forty year old women acting like high school juniors! I respect you for keeping your head high and always acting like a lady..you could teach them a thing or two! PLEASE stay away from lynda and Kat. Keep it real and keep smiling!

Jaybro
Jaybro

Of course the other women are jealous!!!! After all, Michaele is "Miss DC", right? LMAO!!!!!!

MARY DAWKINS
MARY DAWKINS

Michaele. I have MS. I think the other housewives shows 0 class. You are hands down, the one on this show that showes class and forgiveness. You are a very sweet person. Good for you that you don't back down from them. Good luck !

Ms. Jean
Ms. Jean

I love you guys! Those witches were so jealous of you. You could hear and see it on their faces. You guys were the show. Get going and doing your best of not being fake. Love ya!

Dera
Dera

You are the best of the RHODC. God love you for hanging in there with all these mean women! Don't ever let anyone take away your happy! I wish you and your husband all the best! Be well~

NYCMomBravoFan
NYCMomBravoFan

Dear Michaele, I'm sorry for what you endured, from the other women on the show, which is possibly due to their jealousy. Every time you were on the screen, I felt that you were a positive, kind spirit. Every now and then, you had to defend yourself, and you looked uncomfortable doing it...because I truly believe being unkind is not in your nature. As opposed to the other women on the show, who seemed to enjoy gossiping and cutting others to shreds, behind their backs (and sometimes in front of their faces). In this world, it is not easy to keep a genuine smile on one's face and a bubbly personality...and you seem to maintain such a great attitude in the face of all sorts of challenges. I wish you and your husband the very best for your future together. Cheers!

Teenee
Teenee

You are the only one of these women that showed any class. Even when they were all ripping the two of you apart, you never once said anything bad about any of them. Love and Prayers for both of you. (and once you get Oasis going again, my husband and I will be there) T

Charmaine Fontenot
Charmaine Fontenot

I Saw the show and I fell in Love with the two of you, I wish you the best in life. Keep doing what you do. Love you. Sincerely, Charmaine Fontenot

Isabelle
Isabelle

Love life and enjoy it to the fullest! The other cast members are just jealous of both of you and have boring, dull lives. Their a bunch of no good gossipers and back stabbers.

Tony from Denver
Tony from Denver

Finally we can see that you are innocent. I'm really so sorry it took so long for us to see it. I always thought that you were an wonderful person and a beauty. Can we look forward to seeing you next season? You and your husband are both kind people and deserve an show of your own. Is there a way to get your picture? You should sell them for charity or something. I'm certain that all of your fans of course would donate. Anyway I just wanted to tell you to hang in there and to use your love and beauty to make this world a better place :).

Dan Battista
Dan Battista

You did a great job by going to the White House. I dont think you crashed the party. You just walked right through the front door! Good For You!

Amber Adkisson
Amber Adkisson

I am fans of the show and I have to say that I am sorry for everything you guys have been through hope all is well.

Shelia Cole
Shelia Cole

Hi Tareq and Michaele,just wanna say I really love you guys.You people were my favorite on the show "the real housewives of DC". I would like to met u guys. So please email me when you guys get this.

Christina C S
Christina C S

Hi michaele, my name is chris and im a 35 year old (fabulous :)) woman who has rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and celiac disease. I was very inspired and impressed with your decision to "come out" with the news of your disease. Trust me, i know how hard that is and how vulnerable that makes you. Id love to talk to you about that sometime and maybe get some pointers. I am embarking on some new adventures and would love your guidance. I try not to let my diseases get the best of me and enjoy living a fabulous life in spite of it. I am a strong woman of faith as well but as you know, you have to modify your life with these diseases. I know you are very busy but if you ever would ever like to chat, Keep at it girl!!! and good luck to you both! Chris C S

Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley

Correct me if I'm wrong, but where in all your blogs have you "publicly appologize" to Cat for destroying her chance to meet Obama at the White House's Christmas dinner? Just sayin..

kbeastshore
kbeastshore

I swear Tareq gets more air time than any other husband on any of the other "Real Housewives" shows. Whats the deal?

NanetWulandari
NanetWulandari

You are a lady. The other women are so jealous of you. I don't know how you take all that abuse from the other DC bitches. You are a Cinderella story...they just can't take it...don't worry...soon their husband will tired of their whining and leave them dry...hihihi

Good luck

Kimberley Smith
Kimberley Smith

I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!!!! You are so what I would like to be, which is sweet, Kind, friendly and positive!! and of course you are beautiful and fabulous, but that is just an extra. Your heart is really the main attraction. It is so easy to be grouchy and unpleasant and there are constantly reasons to be. But you, in the face of the scariest, most stressful and hurtful season imaginable, never stopped smiling and trying to find the positive. You really are amazing!!! and I agree Jason is the only one that thinks rationally, though he is a bit two faced. All those other hags just love to hate you!! Do they not realize how ridiculously nasty and jealous it makes them look. It really is utterly disgusting.....sitting around together watching the hearing and passing judgement??! Urgh....!! Stay strong dear and know that you have MANY, MANY supporters!!

Karmen Alexis
Karmen Alexis

Hello Michaele and Tareq, I am from Temple Hills, MD and I am a student at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD studying general studies and music. I am also a singer/songwriter and dancer. I am also a member of a Baptist Church I would love to meet you and Tareq in person because I am a biggest fan of you and Tareq and I watch your show on TV. Hope t o see you on Thank you an may the Lord bless you and your family.

Johnny B SF
Johnny B SF

Michaele and Tareq , What a thrilling season of the House wives! I am fascinated by your accomplishments and bold take on life. You only live once and who really cares how you got there but you made it in! Making history comes once in a lifetime and cheers to you both! Take care , Johnny

Meredith L
Meredith L

Michaele, you looked so pretty on "watch what happens" with Andy. Who did your dress? The color was amazing on you. You and your husband are cool. I would love to come see the winery someday. I was sad to hear about Tareq's Dad. The picture they showed and the toast was a touching part of the show for me. Everyone has family and can related to that pain. I wish all the best for you! I think what the other women did in the last show was beyond mean. I am sorry they are so dysfuntional and you have to deal with that.

Jessica Heiselman
Jessica Heiselman

You two are my favorite couple on the show anxiously waiting the new season. just live your live to the fullest. good luck with the winery and i will be visiting dc in december with my father.

Kathy A.
Kathy A.

You, by far, were my favorite housewife. You exuded the most class out of all of them. I thought the whole season was nothing but a "gang bang" on you and your husband. You really came thru it all with your head held high. I congratulate you. I certainly wouldn't have the stomach for it. I thought Stacie was going to be the most supportive of you but, in the end, she sided with the other wives. I don't care what anyone says, there is no way that you and Tareq crashed the White House. No way, no how! Not in this day and age, post 911. I think it was all creative television and creative journalism that made people thing that you crashed! I wish you both success and happiness in the future. I hope that Oasis will get back on its' feet. Good luck.

Mandi G
Mandi G

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Subject: MS - Thank you for your positive attitude! Hi Michaele, I hope it is okay that I contacted you - I saw your story and it really hit home for me. I am 29 years old and was just diagnosed with MS last month. I was literally diagnosed the day before your story broke about you having MS. I watch your show religiously, so it really helped me to see someone living such an active, healthy life while managing this disease. Funnily enough, the night I was diagnosed, I watched an episode of RHODC and thought to myself, "these women are so lucky - they have perfect lives and don't have to worry about terrible things like MS." Little did I know that I was completely wrong. So, when I found out the next day that you in fact had the same disease that I was just diagnosed with, it gave me HUGE hope. I also read a story that quoted you talking about how MS does not always mean wheelchairs and disabilities for everyone and how it affects everyone differently. That was so nice to hear coming from someone else, because that is the conversation I've had repeatedly with friends and family since being diagnosed. Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for displaying such a positive attitude about MS because it has helped me through this difficult emotional time post-diagnosis. I wish you the best of luck.

Sincerely,

Mandi

Luce
Luce

I think the other ladies had felt personally burned by the Salahis at one time or another, and were fed up with their antics. I didn't think they were being vicious. I did think that they were hoping justice would be done and an end would be put to the Salahis' self absorbed shenanigans.

KCJinx2010
KCJinx2010

I started the season liking the other girls and not understanding you/your husband.....ENDED the season preferring you/your husband (you have a very strong marriage) and despising the treatment/hate from the other housewives towards you. I really do not know what to say about a group of ladies who focus so much attention and hatred on one person. You are a beautiful person and somehow you survived and I applaud you.

I will be watching what you/your husband do over the next few years and I would even plan a vacation/tour to go to the OASIS. Good Luck to you/and your husband with your endeavors!!!

Shelby Lynn
Shelby Lynn

I adore you and your zest for life, love & happiness ! Don't sweat it draling... the cameras don't lie and Bravo viewers (real housewives) are NOT stupid ! Your fellow cast members are extremely hateful and jealous (especially Lynda) of you and the partnership you have with your husband. God Bless !

Viewer Annie in MD
Viewer Annie in MD

Michaele, I watched all season and never responded to anything. But you and Stacie are my favorite on the RHODC. I truly think you have a kind heart, but honestly, a short attention span. Lynda, Mary and Cat are just three rich housewives with nothing better to do than engage in petty gossip. They are nothing special. I don't know whether you were or weren't invited to the White House dinner, but i would say that if you were, you would produce the written invitation. That would clear EVERYTHING up. Stay true to your heart and take care.

Jeancesario1
Jeancesario1

Michaele, Its sad to see how you were treated by the other Housewives. I think if there was anything positive to come out of this, you know who your true friends are. On a side note, just because Cat "says what's on her mind" doesnt make her a classy lady. I think she is very hypocritical. You are much better than that.

WISLaur
WISLaur

Keep your head up! God bless!

Joanne M. Santos
Joanne M. Santos

Dear Michaele,

I have a dear friend who has been locked up for almost 7 years now for something he didn't do, so I totally understand and feel for what you are going through. Keep your head up. And keep that positive, caring attitude you have. If you did crash the dinner, well, maybe they need a real test of security now and again. I'm sure all sorts of changes have been made in procedure and protocol since then.

Take care and God bless.

Joanne

Miriam Steele
Miriam Steele

Evidently some of you D.C. "friends" are too jealous of your life, good or bad. I don't see where you did anything wrong. If you weren't invited how did you get through so many check points? Put the blame where it belongs, on White House Security. I think you two are great. I fully support you through all this "catty" mess. Cat is so jealous she can't see straight and is not a friend to anyone.

Joanne M. Santos
Joanne M. Santos

Basically the Hpousewives series is a lot of bull about a lot of rich people. But Housewives of DC really interested me because it had that White House dinner part. I have watched the who;e series just to get what really happened. Why would the White House deny these people were invited? But what really ticks me off is the way the rest of the housewives reacted to it. Are they just jealous or what? Sorry they don't have the nerve to crash the White House dinner? If that's what it was. Except for Syacie and Jason (somewhat) the rest of the women are as vicious as anyone I have ever seen. Get a life, Cat, Mary, Lynda. Stop hating on others. You have so much to be grateful for. What I would really like to know is what the Obama's reaction was. This is not the kind of whoop-ti-do they partake of. I'll bet it has given all of DC plenty of room for laughs. On a lighter note, I live in an area where real people live - western Massachusetts. How about Bravo doing The Real Housewives of Franklin County?

Kristian
Kristian

I think it was absolutely disgusting the other ladies reaction to what was going on your life. Them saying 'oh she should go to jail and be prosecuted at the fullest' and behaving like high school girls all having an opinion on YOUR LIFE As a woman and as a cast mate don't wish something like that on someone else even if you don't prefer them. I have people I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole but I would not wish them any harm or bad luck. You weren't my favorite nor was this my favorite season (actually I thought it was pretty event-less) but I wish you the best of luck with what ever you pursue.

sushimushi
sushimushi

Like you or not, the behavior of the other women on the show was dispicable and appauling. I was so turned off watching them and how they treated you. I applaud you for always keeping your cool and being able to stay above the nonsense. You know now who is and isn't your friend and I hope you will stay far far away from the toxicity of the haters. Good luck with the winery, your personal crisis, your health and enjoy the off season.