I’m sure all kinds of cool stuff goes on in the White House at all times. Like, Sasha and Malia probably rollerskate all over the place and have caretakers who have to watch them do it, and then for Christmas Sasha and Malia probably got their caretakers pairs of rollerskates and at first the caretakers were like “we’re not so sure about this, Sasha and Malia!” But then cut to a scene of them all rollerskating around the house together. That probably happens ALL THE TIME. And Jodi Kantor’s new book The Obamas must be full of those kinds of stories, because LOOK AT THIS 2009 HALLOWEEN PARTY STORY THAT IS FROM THAT BOOK. The Huffington Post:

Kantor writes that Burton made up the room “in his signature creepy-comic style… 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… 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.”

George Lucas, the book says, sent over the original Chewbacca costume for the occasion.

So the quote ends there for the purposes of the post, but do trust me when I say that the story does NOT go into why it was ever thought to be appropriate for George Lucas to send over the original Chewbacca costume “for the occasion.” Aside from that: THIS PARTY SOUNDS INCREDIBLE! I think the point of the story is maybe like “look at the wasteful extravagance” (and the article does go on to say that this book is maybe overstating how great the party was) but, uh, no — look at the person who did an amazing job planning this wonderful party! Johnny Depp was there?! In character!? BLOOD VIALS OF PUNCH? I love you, Obama! One More Term! Of Cool Parties! That We’ll Hear About! Two Years Later!

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  1. “George Lucas, the book says, sent over the original Chewbacca costume for the occasion.”

    is ruining other peoples’ projects now?

    “here’s the cheshire, cat, the mad hatter, and oh, look Chewbacca…”

  2. Tom Petty also showed up that day hoping to play the Mad Hatter, but they just told him the role was taken and not to come around there no more.

  3. Meanwhile, the rest of us in the 99% are stuck throwing Alice In Wonderland parties based on the 1985 made-for-television special. Sure, Sherman Hemsley and Scott Baio always make appearances, but it’s not the same.

  4. so this is what all those old racists are in a huff about?

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  6. “Kantor writes that Burton made up the room “in his signature creepy-comic style… 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… 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”

    Isn’t this description unnecessarily long? I mean wouldn’t the more concise “Burton made up the room… so you know what it looked like” be more appropriate in the same way as trailers are a bit unnecessary for Burton’s films these days. We know what we’ll get.

  7. This was a party for the families of the troops, so it’s strange we didn’t hear about it. I agree it sounds like the coolest party ever held at the White House.

  8. This made me really, really, really wish I was friends with the President.

    Although I bet he undersells a lot of his invites. “Come on over. We, ah, might have fruit punch.”

    Me: “Wellll, thanks… maybe next time.”

    Cut to: two years later, me reading this, smacking forehead.

  9. UnsolicitedOpinionsgum, but it sounds like the White House is taking the wrong PR tack on this story.
    Instead of saying “Lies! They never interviewed the President! No pictures,” it would make more sense to:

    If it was paid for from Obama’s own pocket: explain that his daughters’ lives have been disrupted by his being president, so he takes whatever opportunities he can to make it up to them a little bit, such as the best parties of all time. They also opened up this special treat to military families and their kids to share the joy with [insert right-friendly patriotic jargon];
    or if it was paid for by the White House, to emphasize this was an event for military families and their kids, in which Sasha and Malia took part because duh, you can’t have the best party of all time at your house and then make your kids go upstairs to do their homework.

  10. As if the movie being terrible wasn’t insulting enough!

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