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White House threw secret 'Alice in Wonderland' bash during recession
NY Post ^ | 1-7-12 | MICHAEL GARTLAND and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN

Posted on 01/08/2012 4:51:47 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

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.

The book reveals: any official announcement of the glittering affair — coming at a time when Tea Party activists and voters furious over the lagging economy, 10-percent unemployment rate, bank bailouts and Obama’s health-care plan were staging protests — quickly vanished down the rabbit hole.

~snip~

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.

Then the Obamas went inside, where an invitation-only affair for children of military personnel and White House administrators unfolded in the East Room.

~snip~

Tim Burton decorated (WH Dining Room) “in his signature creepy-comic style. His film version was about to be released, and he had turned the room into the Mad Hatter’s tea party, with a long table set with antique-looking linens, enormous stuffed animals in chairs, and tiered serving plates with treats like bone-shaped meringue cookies,” reports the book, which The Post purchased at a Manhattan bookstore.

“Fruit punch was served in blood vials at the bar. Burton’s own Mad Hatter, the actor Johnny Depp, presided over the scene in full costume, standing up on a table to welcome everyone in character.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alice; aliceinwonderland; burton; depp; jodikantor; newyorktimes; obama; theobamas; whitehouse; whitehouseparties
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1 posted on 01/08/2012 4:51:54 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

At the rate we’re going, somebody needs to start a website for pictures of Obama looking at things.


2 posted on 01/08/2012 4:54:29 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I just saw this on Fox News Sunday.

And the denigrate the Tea Party??????

But it’s okay to have a ‘tea party’ of their own, right?

How dare they? Pompous arrogance on parade. And now we know. I see a few really good protest signs and banners coming.

I’m surprised - Moochelle should have dressed as the Queen of Hearts..


3 posted on 01/08/2012 4:57:03 AM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
And the MSM spiked the story for two years.

But they'll use the story now....?

5 posted on 01/08/2012 4:59:35 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

What one has to think about is the austerity of callousness. think about where you would have to operate in your mind to do this. The world is falling apart and you are having an orgy on the peoples dime. Time to act ....


6 posted on 01/08/2012 5:02:21 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Strangely appropriate.


7 posted on 01/08/2012 5:05:37 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

Somebody please post a picture of the Zer0 in his ‘Alice’ costume.


8 posted on 01/08/2012 5:06:05 AM PST by panaxanax (0bama >>WORST PRESIDENT EVER.)
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To: mewzilla

THey’re selling books for their friends.


9 posted on 01/08/2012 5:07:16 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Walkingfeather

History repeats itself over and over... some are too self-absorbed to get it.
Roman Empire = United States

Ring any bells?


10 posted on 01/08/2012 5:09:04 AM PST by marygam ((Hurry November 2012, we might not make it))
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To: mewzilla
Anyone else horrified at the fact that, in the age of the internet, the admin and the MSM kept a lid on this story for 2 YEARS?

Why are they content to leak it now?

Anyone else besides me wondering?

11 posted on 01/08/2012 5:09:18 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

FWIW, given the choice of publisher, I don’t think this about book sales.


12 posted on 01/08/2012 5:10:32 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Some frantic poster is insisting over and over that the kids had tea with with cut out characters.


13 posted on 01/08/2012 5:11:33 AM PST by linn37 (Newt supporter here.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The loathing I feel for these people is something I never thought I could have....
14 posted on 01/08/2012 5:12:52 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: mewzilla

Me too, this is more of a display of out and out Moral Bankruptcy and Ethical Corruption on behalf of the “Entertainment Industry and News organizations” than anything else which falls in line with an article posted here by Dan Greenfield on the Demise of Hollywood and why. You need not look any further as to why Hollywood is FAILING.


15 posted on 01/08/2012 5:16:13 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: afraidfortherepublic
How in the HELL did all those people keep this a SECRET??? Military Personnel and their CHILDREN didn't TALK to their friends??

This almost sounds like a fairy tale story, except for the fact that they were making FUN of the Patriots in the TEA PARTY!!

16 posted on 01/08/2012 5:19:29 AM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: ladyvet

Amen....I loathe the entire family AND administration.


17 posted on 01/08/2012 5:20:31 AM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: mewzilla

It was best to bring the story out now....rather than wait until October (before the election)...makes perfect sense.


18 posted on 01/08/2012 5:22:56 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: SueRae

Were George Stephanopoulos the pres corps there dressed as a Tweedledum and Tweedledee:

Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.
Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar-barrel;
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel

Wonder who came dressed as a monstroous crow?


19 posted on 01/08/2012 5:26:58 AM PST by BilLies ( (ABCBSNBCNN, NYTimes, WaPOSt , etc., hates your Traditional American guts!))
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To: afraidfortherepublic

just posted this on my FB page, along with the comment that by my posting it, I hope I’m not labeled as a terrorist. Or, a racist.


20 posted on 01/08/2012 5:30:22 AM PST by Mrs. P ("Wonder Woman wears Sarah Palin pajamas." - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: cripplecreek
LOL! Ahhh, our very own "Dear Leader".

Here's a link to NY Mag's slideshow of Obama looking at Mundane Things

And here's a link to a blogger's (PhotoShopped) album of Obama looking at Awesome Things... and the same, as a slideshow

21 posted on 01/08/2012 5:32:42 AM PST by onemiddleamerican (FUBO and all your terrorist buddies)
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To: pepsionice

But why publish it in a book? Why not just okay it to see print in a paper? Or online? Little Brown/Hachette/Lagardere forked out for this and will probably lose money on the deal. Something else is at work here.


22 posted on 01/08/2012 5:33:58 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Reminds me of when the Clintoons had full dress active marines working as “waiters” at some of their parties so they could laugh at them..

Some highly placed Americans are indeed “scum”..
A bloody Civil War might have a few benefits...


23 posted on 01/08/2012 5:34:29 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: eyeamok

I support separation of Hollywood and State.


24 posted on 01/08/2012 5:36:05 AM PST by healy61
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The Re-distributionist-in-Chief declares that there is plenty of cake and the little people should partake of.


25 posted on 01/08/2012 5:38:08 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (Neo-communist equals Neo-fascist - VRW Conspirator)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Red Queen: Michelle
Mad Hatter: Tim Geithner
Cheshire Cat: Hillary
Tweedledum and Tweedledee: MSM


28 posted on 01/08/2012 5:45:03 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: mewzilla

Books like this....with advance payments....never make enough profit to cover costs.


29 posted on 01/08/2012 5:46:53 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

No, they don’t. Which makes the publishing of this book very interesting.


31 posted on 01/08/2012 5:55:19 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Democrats usually are famewhores. I don’t know why, but the link between liberals and entertainment/fame is very strong.


32 posted on 01/08/2012 5:56:50 AM PST by A_perfect_lady (Anyone opposed to Newt should remember: we're not electing a messiah, we're electing a politician.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I long for a free and independent press.


33 posted on 01/08/2012 6:05:20 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("At a time like this, we can't afford the luxury of thinking!")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

A time when Tea Party activists and voters furious over the lagging economy, 10-percent unemployment rate, bank bailouts and Obama’s health-care plan.

Whem your plan is working give a party.
B.O.


34 posted on 01/08/2012 6:07:43 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Ann Archy
How in the HELL did all those people keep this a SECRET??? Military Personnel and their CHILDREN didn't TALK to their friends??

Of course they talk to their friends. But it looks like there was no media outlet that was willing to take the story mainstream.

The MSM probably consider this to be a "lesson learned" from all the flack the Gores got for their similarly over-the-top "Beauty and the Beast" Halloween during Al Jr.'s Vice Presidency. That hurt Al, can't have the same thing happen to Obama, right?
36 posted on 01/08/2012 6:17:49 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Absolutely amazing terminal arrogance.

Look at the comments from and to “Carol Dijkhuyzen”

She appears to be from the Netherlands and is self described as one of Obozo’s top supporters. She said she was at the event, but it was only a childrens halloween party.

Figures


37 posted on 01/08/2012 6:19:05 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

If they did this for Halloween think of what they’ll do for the Jewish holiday of Purim!!!


38 posted on 01/08/2012 6:20:55 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

selling books.

Yes, I agree. But it is certainly unclear from the article what the book is.

Found a listing connected and it was by a Dem appointed judge.


39 posted on 01/08/2012 6:21:07 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Ann Archy

“How in the HELL did all those people keep this a SECRET???”

And that was just a party.
What else are they keeping secret that isn’t just a matter of fun?


40 posted on 01/08/2012 6:23:23 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
mad hat 2
41 posted on 01/08/2012 6:27:05 AM PST by baddog 219
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43 posted on 01/08/2012 6:36:36 AM PST by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
What's the big deal?

The party was just a dress rehearsal for the remainder of His term. Contrary to the view of some who think President Obama gets his ideas from Alinsky, it is clear that Alice in Wonderland is the source.

44 posted on 01/08/2012 6:45:34 AM PST by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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45 posted on 01/08/2012 6:56:45 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

What costume did Zero wear for Halloween? I would have suggested he come as Caligula. He’s already done Nero, playing his putter while Rome burned...


46 posted on 01/08/2012 6:58:59 AM PST by AnTiw1
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To: afraidfortherepublic

From the comments:

“Lydia Bellafiore · Top Commenter

Floyd Booker - i think you are missing the point. it doesn’t matter if it was only for kids - the money they wasted on a “tea party” could have gone to a food pantry and helped families. everyone is talking about shared sacrifice - don’t see the Obama’s sacrificing anything.”

Apparently a couple of pix from that party: http://burtonland.ru/


47 posted on 01/08/2012 7:05:53 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

-—One morning during his Senate campaign, Obama didn’t show up to a meeting with donors. “After a frantic search, a white staffer named Peter Coffey called Obama’s barbershop to find that, yes, he was there.”
The president confronted Coffey about the call later that day.
“ ‘The relationship between a black man and his barber is sacred,’ Obama bellowed . . . ‘For failing to understand this truth, your punishment is to watch the movie “Barbershop.” And for further punishment, you will then watch the sequel, “Barbershop 2.” -—


48 posted on 01/08/2012 7:07:55 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Walkingfeather
think about where you would have to operate in your mind to do this.

Exactly. Barry embodies the attitude of entitlement.


49 posted on 01/08/2012 7:12:27 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

There’s no sense of shame in the Democrat party. And that includes their bought-and-paid-for press. Steal, lie, threaten, party.


50 posted on 01/08/2012 7:29:18 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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