Tareq and Michaele Salahi gave their first interview this morning to the Today show. Describing their experience as "unbearable", the Salahis said that their lives "have been destroyed" after being characterized as the White House "party crashers".
Said Michaele: "We were invited. Not crashers. There isn't anyone who would have the audacity to do that. The White House is THE house. No one would do that, and certainly not us."
The Salahis have met with the Secret Service, and claim they have documentation that will prove they were not at fault. The couple feels they will be completely exonerated.
The White House is still pissed: "Appearing on the same program, [White House press secretary Robert] Gibbs insisted the Salahis had not been invited. 'This wasn't a misunderstanding,' Gibbs said. 'You don't show up at the White House as a misunderstanding.' Interviewed on MSNBC, Gibbs said 'it's safe to say he (Obama) was angry. Michelle was angry.' Gibbs noted that the Secret Service is investigating what went wrong and said the White House was also re-examining its procedures. He told the network, 'I think the president really had the same reaction the Secret Service had, and that was great concern for how something like this happened.'"
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...