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!