January 14, 2010, - 12:58 pm

Photo of the Day: Guess Who They Are?

By Debbie Schlussel

Can you guess who these two people are? No, it’s not “Siegfried & Roy – The Next Generation,” or “Donatella Versace Divorces Her Gay Male Model.” But the people in these pics are part of a pretty big national security story. Take a guess and click below (or scroll down) to learn the answer.


Answer: The people in the photos are Erwin Gomez, left, and Peggy Ioakim, right. They are the hairstylists who worked on Michaele Salahi the day she and her husband, Tareq Salahi, crashed the White House State Dinner party for the Indian Prime Minister, last year. Here, they are photographed coming out of a federal grand jury hearing, Tuesday, where they testified. As you’ll recall, they told several tabloid television shows that Mrs. Salahi claimed she had an invitation to the dinner in her purse but, conveniently, couldn’t find it.

Yup, it looks like the Salahi’s are gonna be indicted. They don’t subpoena these people for nothin’.

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21 Responses

While we are at it these two should be charged with indecent style. I hereby nominate them for the show What Not To Wear!

Fred Taub on January 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I think you all need a reality Check… There are stripes and 3 square meals in their near future…. Trust… And as far as Mary Tyler More get a real job and get the laser surgery…. It really works trust I had it… And Fred T I would like to personally see a pic of you…. U are probably some fat ass married man with no sex appeal and bald as a goose…. Can you say…. EXPENSIVE…. Thanks for allowing me the CEO behind them to make a comment… FREEDOM OF SPEECH STILL EXISTS….

    James Packard-Gomez on January 14, 2010 at 11:52 pm

      What a pathetic joke. the “ceo” of a stale fruit-cake factory with two long over-the-hill botox failures.

      A.Visionary on February 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I don’t see this going to trial. After the indictment some deal is going to get struck. One or more people who were responsible for security at the event will be embarrassed if this goes to trial and I don’t see that happening.

There will be a slap on the wrist plea bargain and someone will be the fall guy and resign. Two years from now that someone will be appointed to a position that does not require senate confirmation.

IAM: Spot on. DS

I_AM_ME on January 14, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Actually, there probably will be something done. This was a dangerous situation for Obama to be in. Instead of being just goofs, these people could have been terrorists. Also, if no significant action is taken against these individuals, you will have a copycats trying the same stunt. Mr. Obama in this instance has no incentive to make nice. He could have faced a knife(non-metal) or acid attack.

    Worry01 on January 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Am I a bad person for guessing that the one on the left was Mary Tyler Moore?

Douglas Q on January 14, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    No. Just blind.

    Mike on January 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I think IAM is correct. Debbie can compare that with the current ongoing federal investigation into Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. And they say Lady Justice is blind. Tell that to Rick Convertino. The good guys often do get the short end of the stick.

NormanF on January 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm

This pic quiz was too hard! 🙁

Shy Guy on January 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I’m sorry, I don’t buy any of it. I don’t believe that the Salahis crashed the White House party. That’s just not possible. They were there for a reason, and with somebody’s winking acquiescence. The real question is what, and whose. When you are a person as bad-faith as the current occupant of the Oval Office, you engender suspicion with every word. Today he’s trying to kill the banks. Every day it’s something different with this guy. I’m supposed to believe that the Salahis are smarter than the Secret Service? They’re not. Don’t we believe that they are savvy enough — they have met with him before, after all — to know that they would be in a kettle of trouble for crashing such a party? I do. Abdulmutallab tested the Amsterdam-to-Detroit route, then a few days ago more of his friends did the same thing. Why aren’t we asking what the Salahis’ motivation could be in their purporting to test this system?

The hairdressers are some kind of feint.

Remember what Sherlock Holmes never said? That when you eliminate the impossible, then what remains, however improbable, is the truth. Well, there’s no way they crashed that party. So where does that leave us???

Dernon Ruton on January 14, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Douglas Q… LOL.. too funny! I read your comment and went back to take another look… Good observation, it does look like MTM…” Were gonna make it after allllll”

sharon on January 14, 2010 at 2:15 pm

No, it’s Al Pachino and Barbara Streisand.

Martin on January 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm

There is no way that blonde gate crasher was getting her hair done all day as she claimed. Worst hair evuh. Looks like flat ironed yellow straw that hasn’t had its overabundance of split ends trimmed since 1970. Yeah, I went there.

dm60462 on January 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Hairdressers? They should work on their own hair!

Julian on January 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

The Salahi’s, Abdullamutalab, and Tiger Woods are just stories created out of the ether to distract from criminal polititions and their destruction of the constition.

Sic Semper Tyrannus on January 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm

ph puleeeeeze! it IS Sigfried and Roy! Erwin Gomez and his (ex)partner are bigger publicity hoes than the Salahi’s. What a circus. When the investigation is over and the heads start to roll, perhaps Erwin will fix the rolling heads of hair!

teasey on January 14, 2010 at 9:38 pm

The man looks like a woman and the woman looks like a man. What is wrong with people?

Ken Blazek on January 15, 2010 at 8:20 am

How is it crime to “trespass” on public property? Is that NOT a contradiction? Is the White house NOT open to the public?

I am on January 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

Dernan Ruton, you are absolutely correct! This had to have been a set-up, perpetrated with the assistance of someone IN the White House. Considering the cast of characters currently IN the White House, it’s anyone’s guess WHO may have been the key, but knowing how the Secret Service operates, this had to have been an inside job.

I wonder if Obama holds the same level of contempt for the Secret Service that the Clintons did? They used to refer to the White House as a high-class Federal prison, and Bill spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to ditch his protectors. Since many of the people surrounding Obama are leftovers from the Clinton admin, maybe this was done to embarrass the Secret Service, or to put blame on one or two people so they can be fired.

DG in GA on January 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I agree that something sinister is perhaps behind this. The Secret Service are not a bunch of idiots as the left sees them (they also look down their snobby noses at our military also). Knowing the intrigues going on, and nobody at the WH can be trusted to tell the truth (if it is actually possible, this WH may actually beat the Clinton’s and especially Bill ” I have never told the truth in my life” Clinton in fabrication), I suspect in the future that we will find out that this incident is being used to screw somebody(s) over and destroy them.

Quiet Man on January 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Word to the wise, someone should get our dear Michelle and her 27 Personal Assistants to come clean about this. There ain’t nuffing but nuffing dat goes on in dat WH without her ppl all over it, specially when it comes to dere backyard parties, with dat black “party” guy from DC crashing the Secret Service bus.

DioamondRing on January 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm

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