Washington, November 26 -- An uninvited couple crashed President Obama’s first White House state dinner Tuesday night breaking layers of security.
The couple, described by the Secret Service, were Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the polo-playing socialites from northern Virginia. They were reportedly being considered for TV show "Real Housewives of D.C."
"Initial findings identified a Secret Service checkpoint which did not follow proper procedures to ensure that the two individuals named in a Washington Post story were on the invited guest list," said Edwin Donovan, Special Agent in Charge.
He stressed that the couple "went through magnetometers and other levels of security, as did all guests attending the dinner."
The dinner was hosted to honor Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The confident Salahi
The Salahis confidently walked into the White House lower hallway before heading up to the cocktail reception in the East Room. Tareq, in a tuxedo, and Michaele, in a striking red and gold lehenga (traditional Indian wear), stopped to pose for pictures.
The White House tables were adorned and embellished with fuchsia, sweet pea, and candles. The couple enjoyed drinks and music.
It is not yet known whether they met the Obamas and Prime Minister Singh, but they were definitely in the same room.
Couple could face trespassing charges
Donovan did not comment if they had contacted the uninvited guests and for how long they actually stayed on the White House grounds.
Security procedures are being looked into since the couple was not in the guest list. They could face trespassing charges unless someone from inside the White House staff got them inside, said an official.
Pictures on Facebook
Photos posted by Michaele Salahi on Facebook show the couple posing with Vice President Joe Biden, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty, CBS News anchor Katie Couric, and three Marines in blues dresses.
They also clicked pictures with Bollywood composer AR Rahman and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.
The couple was discovered only after posting pictures on Facebook. They captioned them “Honored to be at the White House for the State Dinner in honor of India with President Obama and First Lady!”
Other notables for the state dinner included film director Steven Spielberg, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, writer Jhumpa Lahiri, and spiritual guru Deepak Chopra.