A Georgia couple has revealed that they attended an invitation-only breakfast with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama just two weeks before Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashed the official state dinner.

After arriving a day early for a scheduled tour with their congressman Harvey and Paula Darden were ushered into the the breakfast as a “nice gesture” because there were no public tours on that day, say White House and Secret Service officials.

“I felt kind of funny because I was the only man in the room that wasn’t dressed in a coat and tie,” Harvey Darden told the Associated Press. “I was just a plain tourist.” Officials say the new White House Office of Public Engagement was created just for that, “to engage citizens in White House activities.”

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