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TODAY   |  November 30, 2009

‘We did not’ crash, White House couple says

Dec. 1: In a TODAY exclusive, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the couple accused of crashing a White House state dinner last week, talk for the first time publicly about their quest for fame and the accusations they face.

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>> meredith, thank you. now to the couple accused of crashing the obamas' first white house state dinner . we're going to talk to them extensively in our next half hour, but right now, michaele and tareq salahi are with us. good morning to both of you.

>> good morning, matt.

>> good morning, matt.

>> as i mentioned, we'll talk a lot in our next half hour. but just, if you can for a moment here in this half hour, give me a sense of what your lives have been like over the last four or five days.

>> well, i can tell you, this has been the most devastating thing that's ever happened to us. we're greatly saddened by all the circumstances that have, you know, been involved and portraying my wife and i as party crashers -- i can tell you, we did not party crash the white house .

>> i know you have spent an awful lot of time talking to officials. as a matter of fact, i know you spent a great deal of your day yesterday on monday speaking with the secret service , and we spoke in the middle of the day and you led me to believe that this story is about to take a dramatic and unexpected turn, and people will change their opinions of this story. can you shed some light on that?

>> well, that's exactly right, matt. we are cooperating extensively with the u.s. secret service on their internal review and their investigation that they're doing internally. you know, we're proud to be working with them and we have great respect for the u.s. secret service . we have great respect for the presidency and president obama , and we're going to continue to cooperate and the truth will soon come out.

>> all right. as i said, we're going to speak extensively in our next half hour. michaele and tareq salahi, thank you very much.

>> thank you, matt.

>> thank you, matt.

>> 7:05. here's meredith.

>> matt, thanks.

>>> now to president obama 's address