By Mark Memmott

The most famous "party crashers" in America say they're "devastated" to have been portrayed as unwanted guests at the White House and that they had been asked to be at last week's State Dinner.

"We were invited, not crashers," Michaele Salahi just said on NBC-TV's The Today Show. "They're isn't anyone who would have the audacity or poor behavior to do that (crash a White House affair).

Her husband, Tareq, did not directly answer a question about who invited them -- but said they do have "documentation."

The Virginia socialites got into into the Nov. 24 White House State Dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh even though the White House and Secret Service say they were not on the invite list.

Also on Today, Tareq Salahi said that their "lives have really been destroyed" by the uproar.

But, "I am certain we're going to be completely exonerated," Tareq added.

Update at 8:30 a.m. ET. On FOX & Friends this morning, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs had this to say about whether the couple should or should not have been allowed into the White House:

"If your name isn't on the list, which their's wasn't, if you didn't get an invite, which they didn't, you shouldn't be here at an event. ... Those individuals should not have gotten on the complex."

Update at 8:05 a.m. ET. MSNBC.com has now posted the video of the Salahis' appearance on Today:

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7:41 - December 1, 2009