White House gatecrashers were biggest political losers of 2009

Written by Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: Dec 31 2009, 05:09am hrs
The White House gatecrashers, who shot to fame for strolling their way into US President Barack Obamas state dinner for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh without an invitation, have been named the biggest political losers of this year.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who also rubbed elbows with the likes of US President Obama, US vice-president Joe Biden and PM Singh, and triumphantly posted photos of their coup on social networking site Facebook, has earned the distinction in a recent Gallup poll.

The poll, in which some 70% of 1,025 Americans surveyed said the Salahis were the biggest political losers, came just weeks after the Virginia couple were featured in the Time magazine that gave them the seventh spot on its Top 10 Fleeting Celebrities list of 2009.

However, among this years winners, US First Lady Michelle Obama has got the highest marks with 73% of Americans voting for her, while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has come second with 70% of the respondents choosing her, and Obama managing to grab 58% votes.

Others labelled losers include South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson, who became famous after his You Lie! outburst at President Obama, South Carolinas governor Mark Sanford, whose fling with an Argentinean woman became public, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Interestingly, former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin came close though with some 49% of the respondents saying she was a loser and 46% claiming shes a winner.