White House threw secret 'Alice in Wonderland' bash during recession
"It was the tea party the Obamas just couldn’t resist. A White House “Alice in Wonderland” costume ball — put on by Johnny Depp and Hollywood director Tim Burton — proved to be a Mad-as-a-Hatter idea that was never made public for fear of a political backlash during hard economic times, according to a new tell-all. “The Obamas,” by New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor, tells of the first Halloween party the first couple feted at the White House in 2009. It was so over the top that “Star Wars” creator George Lucas sent the original Chewbacca to mingle with invited 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,” the book says. However, the White House made certain that more humble Halloween festivities earlier that day — for thousands of Washington-area schoolkids — were well reported by the press corps." [more at link]
So they knew it was inadvisable, but rather than let their conscience prick them and abandon the idea, they went ahead with it, but in secret. It is the new leadership doctrine seen more and more around the world, and never more evident than in Obama; "Let Them eat Crumpets."
Here is one line from the story that you should read:
"Fruit punch was served in blood vials at the bar."
Is judgment long in coming? Surely not. We have received the leadership we deserved.
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