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Tarek Salahi: Coolest Arab of the Moment

atfp with SalahiOne would think an organization based primarily on high-level access to power would be happy to have a board member at President Barack Obama’s first state dinner.

The American Task Force for Palestine (ATFP), however, has removed from its website Tareq (Tarek) Salahi, the most famous party crasher in the world. He, along with his wife, snuck into the state dinner Tuesday night.

This screen shot of their website shows Salahi listed as a member of the board of directors less than a week ago. Today, his image is gone.

A few years ago, ATFP’s spiritual leader Ziad Assali told me Arab-Americans should disregard grassroots political organizing and put on suits, which meant of course, playing the Washington, DC access game. Here, Salahi out did him. He put on a tux.

Perhaps Salahi left the board a long time ago and the webmaster was delaying his removal. Or, perhaps ATFP is avoiding an embarrassing association. My explanation is that what the Salahis did was too cool for ATFP to handle. It set off their stiff-reflex.

The Salahis won some major bonus fuck-the-man points with me. Who after all does not think that party-crashing is the ultimate act of free-spirited rebellion? Sure, they did it for the wrong we-want-to-be-seen-with-the-man reasons, and they could be a little crazy, but it takes cajones, chutzpah, or whatever you want to call it, to what they did.

Does anything say “youthful” and “vibrant” as much as sneaking into a party? Such buzzwords are the basic logic of everything American, from political campaigns to Viagra adverts.

Arab culture, by the way, has treated wedding crashing and uninvited visits as the norm. In fact, it would have been shameful not to try to attend a friend’s party.

Plus, this is also cool because I love when something reminds Obama what a political liability our people are. From Tony Rezko to Rashid Khalidi to Major Hasan to the Iraqi resistance and to the Palestinian people — Arabs have been nothing but a sore in the side of a President still accused of being Muslim. Tareq Salahi can be added to the list. I think that’s awesome because it’s not like the man’s doing anything for us anyways.

As an aside: I still think Arab-American activists need to think about our power to hurt politicians by association. We should negotiate with presidential candidates so that we get concessions for backing their opponents. Our negative influence on electoral campaigns is power, too.

So, unlike ATFP, I’m loving this.

And now the Salahis are getting tons of free publicity. And their facebook photos from the party are amazing.

The Virginia couple’s intrusion is being widely covered throughout the international press. KABOBer Fayyad called them the new balloon boy. In some ways, this latest news spectacle feels even more trivial. At least with the balloon boy, it appeared that someone’s life was in danger temporarily.

However, there are serious concerns about this as a lapse in security. Even I am asking how did the secret service fail to prevent an Arab-American from entering a strictly non-Arab political event teeming with political sensitivitis? How did Obama’s political handlers fail to stop an Arab-American, a human political liability, from entering the ultra-exclusive shindig?

One could point to the blonde wife as a distraction for racial profilers. She is after all two feet taller than he.

Those of us with more knowledge of our people consider a blonde wife a huge tip-off for Arab heritage. Perhaps the security people were looking for the dark beard, dark eyes, big nose and bushy eyebrows type of Arab. This would explain why the fair-skinned Salahi slipped through. Perhaps racial profiling is as ineffective as the experts suggest, or the security people could use consultation from KABOBfest on how to catch under-the-radar Arabs.

A more likely explanation, though, is that they likely had to relax the racial profiling scrutiny that evening.

The dinner was in honor of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose turban would probably set off a red alert among the security people if they were not forewarned. An important part of the story may be that many invitees were of Indian background:

wellness guru Deepak Chopra, M. Night Shyamalan, Hollywood director of “The Sixth Sense” and other creepy flicks, Raju Narisetti, a managing editor of the Washington Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, the almost-surgeon general, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a Washington Post writer and author of the Iraq War book “Imperial Life in the Emerald City,” Rajesh De, deputy assistant attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, and Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen.

How could security do their job? We all know white people think Arabs and Indians look the same, as post-September 11 hate crime patterns demonstrated.

salahiswithBidenThis India theme explains the strategic thinking behind his blonde wife’s donning of a red sari. It was like social intruder camouflage. Though she gets props for the stealthy move, it looked ridiculous on her white ass.

The couple was recognized by a reporter who knew they were auditioning for a reality show, Desperate Housewives, Washington, DC. That, I think, is what blew the story up.

Anyways, after the collapse of Obama’s peace push in the region and the continues political fiasco of the PA, ATFP could use the image boost from having Salahi back on board. They must fight the stiff-reflex.

Plus, if Farouk Shami’s campaign for Texas governor gets serious, he will leave the board.

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45 Responses to “Tarek Salahi: Coolest Arab of the Moment”

  1. i find this so incredibly funny. have you seen the video? i was waiting for CNN to mention ATFP, but sadly they did not: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/25/tareq-an

    Posted by falasteenyia | November 26, 2009, 7:12 pm
  2. Ahahahahahahahhaha, god I love this story so much.

    Posted by SanaKF | November 26, 2009, 9:09 pm
  3. Nothing says class like reality TV and gate crashing a state dinner — yet it seems oddly appropriate for the ATFP – an executive director in jail, an embarrassing member of the board, and of course Hussein Ibish and Ziad Asali — really what can we expect next? You stay classy, ATFP!

    Posted by Sam | November 26, 2009, 9:13 pm
  4. From the website you just get : Access Denied / User Login
    http://www.americantaskforce.org/board_member/tar

    But from the cache…

    http://www.americantaskforce.org/board_member/tareq_sala... target=”_blank”>http://74.125.153.132/search?q=cache:FSiTO4M8TIAJ…” target=”_blank”>http://www.americantaskforce.org/board_member/tareq_sala...
    Tareq Salahi is the CEO and Owner of the Oasis Winery in Hume,Virginia. He is also founder and President of Oasis Limousines & Wine Country Tours, President of Oasis Yachts & Wine Tasting Cruises, and the founder and President of the Blue Ridge Wine Way. Oasis Winery was one of the first United States wineries to be added to the elite listing of the Top 10 Sparkling Wines & Champagnes in the World by the Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

    Mr. Salahi travels the world as the Team Captain for the United States Polo Team and represents both the United States and Palestine on his diplomatic polo tours. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society named Mr. Salahi their 2002 National Man of the Year. He is a board member of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid Atlantic, an Honorary Chairman of the Smithsonian Associates, and Founding Contributing Member of the Virginia Regional Therapeutic Center. He also devotes his time to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, St. Jude?s Children Research Hospital, the American Cancer Society, Meadow Outdoor Foundation/Virginia Gold Cup, British Forces Foundation, MADD & Charity Polo Matches throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

    Mr. Salahi graduated from University of California at Davis with a Bachelorof Science in Enology and Business Marketing Management.

    Posted by Hmmm.. | November 26, 2009, 10:16 pm
  5. You think you are so snarky and cool and hip — the truth is you are just another brainwashed moron caught up in the same lame starfucker culture as your new idols, the Salahis (along with most of America). You say: "The Salahis won some major bonus fuck-the-man points with me." The "reality" is that these retards worship at the feet of power, and get a high off of being seen near the powerful. They don't want to "fuck the man," they want to make sweet love with "the man." Your writing oozes conventional faux-edgy pablum: "We all know white people think Arabs and Indians look the same." God, I am falling asleep just responding to this… later

    Posted by felix | November 26, 2009, 11:00 pm
  6. http://www.hollywoodtoday.net/2009/11/27/palestin
    Palestinian Organization Tied to White House Gate Crashers, Hollywood Today Confirms
    November 27th, 2009
    By Jeffrey Jolson
    WASHINGTON, DC (Hollywood Today) – 11/27/09 – The couple that crashed a State Dinner at the White House had ties to the American Task Force on Palestine, Hollywood Today has confirmed.

    Already, various Arab groups are making the Salahis heroes of the anti-U.S. or anti-Israeli causes on the Internet.

    So why were the Salahis allowed on the list? True, the Palestinian organization they both have ties to, the American Task Force on Palestine, claims only the most peaceful intents – so maybe the couple was invited by someone in the White House who believes this. We do not dispute AFTPs insistence of peaceful goals without proof one way or another, yet in the recent past, the AFTP has been accused of America-bashing and promoting power-sharing with self-acknowledged terror group HAMAS.

    Posted by Oh dear.. | November 27, 2009, 2:47 pm
  7. Just more incompetence from the Obama Whitehouse!

    Posted by eagle007blogger | November 28, 2009, 3:47 am
  8. shut the fuck up everybody ..

    Posted by mahmoud | November 29, 2009, 2:30 am
  9. Pathetic.
    Are you still on that Nassir-ian arab nationalistic stuff?
    when will you learn? your women are being widowed, bombed and raped, and the best you can offer us are two overgrown children that crash parties for attention, you should be hiding the fact one is arab by name, not celebrating the ironic inference that can be drawn from this embarrassing misadventure, that arabs only enter the arena of serious political dialogue as intruders or by sneaky tactics.
    as for the idiotic statement about ‘he (obama) hasn’t done anything for us anyway’ but neither has the current arabist leadership in your lands, apart from slandering wealth and sucking up to the west, I find it very ignorant for you to think as such, perhaps you need to ask yourself what YOU have contributed to the advancement of the american people (apart from primitive blogs that fail to engage any serious dialogue) before addressing the greater question of what her president has done for your people.

    And the comment about the wife wearing an asian dress, looking ridiculous with her ‘White ass’ might make you laugh, but I can assure you that when white folks see an arab trying to imitate their dress code or mannerisms, they will find you justas laughable.

    Posted by edge | November 29, 2009, 2:31 am
    • //but I can assure you that when white folks see an arab trying to imitate their dress code or mannerisms, they will find you justas laughable.//

      haha…you damn rite!!

      Posted by Max | November 29, 2009, 3:46 pm
  10. Have you ever played The Minaret Game? Its really fun!

    Posted by minaret | November 29, 2009, 12:14 pm
  11. Not the first time the Obama White House has had gatecrashers.

    See:

    http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/ma

    Posted by Mike Licht | November 30, 2009, 12:14 am
  12. The prank is more quintessentially Fauquier County good ol' boy broke entreprenuer, than anything else, dig it

    Posted by Mona Hassanough | November 30, 2009, 6:03 pm
  13. She looks like white trash to me. A 44-yr-old cheerleader wannabe. Pathetic. He looks like a rich, polo-playing mama's boy good-for-nothing. I hope that they first pay their bills, then rot in jail.

    Posted by Jane | November 30, 2009, 9:59 pm
  14. You imply that Arab Americans wouldn't be invited to the White House. The truth is that many members of the government have been and are Arab Americans and go in and out of the White House constantly in both Republican and Democratic administrations. Just a few examples:

    Selwa Roosevelt, (Lebanese) former Chief of Protocol of the United States
    Mitch Daniels, (Syrian) Governor of Indiana.
    John E. Sununu, (Lebanese/Palestinian) Senator from New Hampshire.
    Spencer Abraham, (Lebanese) Senator from Michigan and Secretary of Energy under Bush.
    Ralph Nader, (Lebanese) consumer advocate, politician, candidate for president
    John H. Sununu, (Lebanese/Palestinian) Governor of New Hampshire and White House Chief of Staff under George H. W. Bush.
    George J. Mitchell, (Lebanese) United States of America special envoy to the Middle East under the Obama administration, .U.S. Senator from Maine, Senate Majority Leader.
    John Abizaid, (Lebanese), retired General.
    Zainab Salbi, (Iraqi), co-founder and president of Women for Women International.
    Rosemary Barkett, (Syrian), first woman Supreme Court Justice and Chief Justice for the state of Florida.

    Posted by Angie | December 1, 2009, 8:21 am
  15. Palestinian party crashers nothing to worry about? Really? Tell that to the Kennedy family. You could tell it to Bobby Kennedy but he is dead, Killed by a Palestinian Assassin by the name of Sirhan Sirhan.

    Posted by John The Fireman | December 1, 2009, 8:47 am
    • Well Johnn, then we should not invite any White Americans to the White House either, as John F Kennedy's assassin was White.

      Besides, many people that *were* invited are Arab American. You just don't hear about their Arab background because they've done good, not bad, things for this country. Arab Americans have contributed enormously to the US. Do some research.

      Posted by Angie | December 1, 2009, 7:44 pm
  16. salahi and palestine should not be mentioned in the same breath

    Posted by jundi | December 1, 2009, 12:27 pm
  17. overgrown children sums it all up!!

    Posted by charlie | December 1, 2009, 10:17 pm
  18. hahahahah great article

    Posted by bambo | December 2, 2009, 3:29 am
  19. Tareq Salahi is not an Arab American. His father is Pakistani and his mother is from Belgium.

    Posted by Umm Ayyoob | December 4, 2009, 4:17 pm
  20. Also, if you look into the history of Tareq Salahi, he is a poisonous viper. He is shady, faking charities and connection/links to prestigious organizations. This is not the type of person that we should want on any board pertaining to Palestine. Give me a break.

    **Free Palestine**

    Posted by Umm Ayyoob | December 4, 2009, 4:24 pm
  21. A polo player and his main squeeze want to be the Good Morning America topic of the day and tour various news agencies deploring the invasion of their privacy! Gee that is really a novel idea.

    Posted by Kimbal | December 5, 2009, 8:45 pm
  22. Scenes we would like to see……..Barak Obama asks Tarek to see his invitation. Tarek says sure thing, can I see your birth certificate? LMAO at the arrogance of this bullshit administration !

    Posted by golightly | December 9, 2009, 1:50 am
  23. This whole "terrorist threat" issue is bullshit. And if you want real reporting on what actually happened, go to my investigative series at the blog below, starting with the "Break in at the White House: I don't think so."

    Obama knew these people, quite well in fact, and there is NO WAY, you can "crash" the White House. Obama made the call to let them in, knowing full well the Secret Service would take the fall for him. And that's just the beginning of the wierd shit that's been going on. MY stories on the subject were scrubbed off of LAW.COM as soon as I notified both the Hill holding the hearings, and then when I contacted my own personal contacts at the White House. What a FUCKING COINCIDENCE. And the bastard STILL hasn't admitted he knew them. That is why there is something fishy going on, and why this is as far from a "terrorist threat" as the dismissal of the Chief White House Counsel. It's called propoganda folks. And I'm furious for Obama for letting the Secret Service take the fall for this. It shows exactly what his MO is, and how little regard he has for people he considers not as "brilliant" and "important' as he is. Which in his opinion, is nobody. And that is disgusting. For reasons why, read the series. And tell me if you come to the same conclusion.

    Posted by Marguerite Arnold | December 17, 2009, 11:21 pm
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  25. quote: Umm Ayyoob · 10 weeks ago

    Tareq Salahi is not an Arab American. His father is Pakistani and his mother is from Belgium. unquote

    Refer:
    http://way2hight.blogspot.com/2009/12/tareq-salah

    Quote Tareq Salahi is son of Jerusalem native that immigrated to the United States, Unquote

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Thousand_and_One

    Posted by Uri | February 13, 2010, 1:04 pm
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