Back in January 2009 newly-elected President Obama admonished the nation that everyone must give up something for the good of the country:
“Everyone must sacrifice for the greater good… Everyone must have some skin in the game.”
But by October of the same year he and Michelle were throwing an extravagant Gilded Age-style Halloween party with an Alice in Wonderland theme:
[Johnny] Depp greeted guests in the costume he had worn in a film version of the Lewis Carroll story released around the same time by Burton, who was given carte blanche to transform the state dining room into a Mad Hatter’s tea party in “his signature creepy-comic style”.A long table was “set with antique-looking linens, enormous stuffed animals in chairs, and tiered serving plates with treats like bone-shaped meringue cookies”, writes New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor in The Obamas, which is released on Tuesday. Fruit punch was served in blood vials at the bar, she adds.
George Lucas sent Chewbacca from Star Wars to mingle with invited guests, who included the Obamas’ two daughters Malia and Sasha and friends, the children of White House staff members and military families.
So why didn’t we hear about this at the time? Because the Obama White House conspired with the White House press corps to keep it a secret:
The White House press corps was allowed to report on more modest festivities earlier that day for Washington-area school children, but did not release details of the more glamorous festivities that occurred later for what was the Obamas’ first Halloween in office in 2009.
Because this would be just the kind of thing that upsets the proletariat when they need to be focused on their first Four Year Plan.