The Obama administration is denying reports of an attempted cover-up of a 2009 Halloween party that featured two Hollywood celebrities.
Yet the names of the two most famous guests, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, are mysteriously missing from the official White House visitors logs.
Details on the White House’s “Alice in Wonderland”-themed party were revealed in New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor's new book, “The Obamas.”
According to Kantor, Obama administration officials deliberately kept information from the press and public about the party, about Burton’s role in producing the décor, and about having had Depp dressed up in Mad Hatter garb.
The White House has pointed the finger of blame at the media for not having widely reported the event, noting that certain members of the media had attended the festivities and that some fan websites had reported on Depp’s participation.
“If we’re trying to hide something by bringing in the press, we’re not very good at it,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Monday.
An administration source told Politico that entertainers are generally not recorded in the visitors logs.
However, celebrities have been listed in the official logs even when they have not been categorized as guests per say but as actual performers.
Prime examples include musicians Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, who in August 2011 performed at President Obama's 50th birthday event, and rapper Common, who performed a poetry reading in May 2011.
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