Tuesday, January 10, 2012

US media kept Obama's Alice in Wonderland-themed party a secret in depths of recession in 2009

Host with the most: Johnny Depp greeted the children while standing on a table in the State Dining Room while dressed up as the Mad Hatter.

After it was revealed that the Obamas hosted a lavish Halloween party in 2009 during a low point of the recession, people are now questioning how the event was kept a secret for two years.

The White House maintains that they were never dishonest and did, in fact, mention the party, though they chose to keep the role of Hollywood heavyweights Johnny Depp and Tim Burton to a minimum.

'This was an event for local school children from the Washington DC area and for hundreds of military families. If we wanted this event to be a secret, we probably wouldn't have invited the press corps to cover it, release photos of it to Flickr, or post a video from it on the White House website,' White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement.

In spite of Mr Schultz's assertions, no members of the White House press pool reported on the party at the time of the event. Read More