I seem to remember that last week a L.A. Times “culture critic” threw a shrill fit because of an image that portrayed First Lady Michelle Obama as the out-of-touch French aristocrat Marie Antoinette. He claimed it was “racist” to compare Obama to… a rich white European queen.
I can only wonder how that same critic felt when he heard about the Obama’s star-studded Hollywood Halloween party that they kept hidden from the citizens of this country.
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 how 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.
“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.
I suspect that when informed of the optics of this spectacle, that one Obama or the other quipped, “Let them eat candy corn.”
Because they care for you, dear reader.
Or at least your vote.