It's a sign of our new "Balloon Boy" times, I think, that a publicity-seeking couple from norther Virginia, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, apparently crashed Tuesday night's White House state dinner uninvited. They later posted pictures of themselves at the event on Michaele's Facebook page, including the one above with Vice President Biden.
The couple was described in The Washington Post this morning as, "long time fixtures in local horse country society." Michaele, a former Redskins cheerleader, is apparently an aspiring reality TV star as well, like Ballon Boy's father, Richard Heene. (She is a finalist to appear on Bravo's upcoming Real Housewives of Washington.) This is the reportedly first time in modern history that anyone has crashed a White House state dinner.
If they lied to the Secret Service to get in, that would be a felony. I hope it will be, with jail time required in this instance. As a society, we need to keep ratcheting up the penalties for these sorts of stunts until they are successfully discouraged. Once the Salahi's realize how much legal jeopardy they have now put themselves in, and how much their related legal costs will be, I expect that they will quickly make a remorseful appearance on Larry King Live. That "walk of shame" in these type of situations is now as well choreographed as the entrance to a White House state dinner, unfortunately for us all.