Alice in Wonderland

Its Halloween, 2009,  at the White House.  Johnny Depp is present, along with Chewaca from Star Wars. Mrs. Obama was dressed as a leopard as she handed out candy to children.

Picture this, if you can:  A long table elegantly set with linens, fruit punch served in blood vials, bone shaped meringue cookies sitting in lovely tiered serving plates, and huge stuffed animals propped up in chairs.  What a delight!  An Alice in Wonderland themed Halloween party that transformed the State's dining room into a Mad Hatter tea party.

 Cost was not an issue, but keeping the elaborate details quiet was a huge issue! Here's how one aide has explained it:

"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," Miss Kantor writes.

Do not despair though. Even though they kept the lavish party under wraps (until now that is), it hasn't stopped the king and queen in the WH from throwing gala parties at our expense.  Oh, and unemployment is still high with ten million unemployed Americans and businesses continue to shut their doors.  Long live King Obama and her excellency.

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