Michaele Salahi to Join "Real Housewives of D.C."

CAROUSEL -- President Obama shakes hands with Michaele Salahi as her husband Tareq Salahi looks on in a receiving line for the president's first state dinner Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. Both the White House and the Secret Service said the couple wasn't invited to the dinner. The Salahis' ability to maneuver around the Secret Service "embarrassed" the agency, its director said Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. White House Photo

President Barack Obama, left, greets Michaele and Tareq Salahi at a State Dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House in Washington on Nov. 24, 2009.
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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) White House "party crasher" Michaele Salahi will soon be appearing on television - and she has an invitation in hand.

Salahi, who attended last year's White House state dinner with husband Tareq Salahi (allegedly without an invitation), has secured a spot on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of D.C."

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The network announced the cast in a press release on Tuesday, and called the show's five women "connected D.C. power players" who "have their pulse on the most important cultural events, political galas, gallery openings, and fundraisers in Washington society."

"We wanted to dive into the Beltway subculture as it underwent an historic shift, one that previously has not been readily accessible or portrayed, and look at the political hierarchy and definitive social circles that make up D.C.'s unique society," Bravo exec Andy Cohen said, according to People magazine. "We knew this was going to expose a different social narrative from any of our other "Housewives" series -- provocative and engaging in a whole new way."

On Bravo's website, Salahi is described as "a big part of the inner workings of the D.C. life" and "heavily involved in charity work."

The Salahis garnered national attention when they allegedly "crashed" President Barack Obama's state dinner at the White House honoring the prime minister of India, where the couple was photographed with Vice President Joe Biden and other top politicians (The Salahis have claimed they were invited to the event). A Bravo camera crew reportedly followed the couple earlier that night.

According to the press release, the show began filming shortly after the 2008 election and Mr. Obama's inauguration.

The other "Real Housewives" joining Salahi include Mary Schmidt Amons (the granddaughter of TV personality Arthur Godfrey); Lynda Erkiletian (the founder of a Washington modeling agency); Catherine Ommanney (a British import who's an interior designer); and Stacie Scott Turner (a real estate agent who started a charity for teenaged girls in foster care).

"The Real Housewives of D.C." will debut on Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo.

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