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Obama’s Lavish 2009 Halloween Party was Kept a Secret (Photo)

Posted by FactReal on January 10, 2012

NO TRANSPARENCY IN OBAMA’S WONDERLAND
The Obamas partied while Americans were struggling during the recession
Via UK Daily Mail
After it was revealed that the Obamas hosted a lavish Halloween party in 2009 during a low point of the recession, people are now questioning how the event was kept a secret for two years.  […]

The New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor who exposed the party in her new book, The Obamas, maintained that the reason why it was kept so quiet at the time was because the administration was aware that it would be in poor form for them to host an extravagant party when so many were suffering financially.  […]

The Alice in Wonderland themed Halloween party was held in the State Dining room and was complete with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Tim Burton-arranged decorations.

They even talked to Star Wars director George Lucas and convinced him to lend them the original Chewbacca costume for the entertainment of their guests.

‘White House officials were so nervous about how a splashy, Hollywood-esque party would look to jobless Americans — or their representatives in Congress, who would soon vote on health care — that the event was not discussed publicly and Burton’s and Depp’s contributions went unacknowledged,’ recounts Jodi Kantor in her book, ‘The Obamas’.

As is tradition, the Obamas handed out treats to Washington, D.C. school children earlier in the day, and while that event was covered heavily by the press, their later festivities were very actively kept secret.

…[T]he guests at the invitation-only party had bone-shaped meringue cookies and fruit punch served in blood vials. […]

The Halloween party took place five months before Mr Burton’s Alice in Wonderland film was released, so the kids served as informal taste-testers and gave an indication of how his spooky take on the Disney classic would be received.

As the children walked into the State Dining Room, they were greeted by a fully-costumed Johnny Depp standing on a table decorated with vintage-inspired table cloths and surrounded by giant stuffed animals.

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