John Ransom

It’s official: Obama lives on the other side of the Looking Glass.

Not that there was any doubt based on his performance to date, but it’s nice to know that the White House has acknowledged that fantasy plays a major part of this president’s platform, policy and procedure.

To recap for the folks at home: Obama had a creepy, secret Halloween party at the White House produced by Hollywood’s head creepster, Tim Burton, which starred French resident-in-chief, Johnny “America’s a Big Dumb Puppy” Depp.

Why so secret?

Well, besides the little problem of having an anti-American expatriate like Depp at the White House, some in the president’s staff thought it might “look” bad to hold such an extravagant affair at a time that many Americans were out of work.

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Pictures of Obama, White House Alice in Wonderland Party in 2009 With Johnny Depp

According to Jodi Kantor’s book, The Obamas, which publicly outed the party, “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.”

In fact, as a kind of life-is-stranger-than-fiction moment, Obama stole the premise from the movie A Few Good Men, and made sure that neither Burton nor Depp showed up in official White House logs that are supposed to record such visits, according to the UK’s Daily Mail. The White House claims that entertainers don’t log-in. 

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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