Despite Claiming Party Wasn’t Secret, Johnny Depp And Tim Burton Not In White House Visitor Logs

Yesterday White House mouthpiece Jay Carney said it was “irresponsible” for the media to suggest that a 2009 Halloween party, described in a book by a New York Times correspondent as being hidden from the public’s eyes over the administration’s fear of how it would be perceived, was kept secret. “There are outlets that have reported this as a secret party, which is just silly — it’s irresponsible reporting to suggest that you would have a pool report and the press at an event that’s secret,” said Carney. “This wasn’t a publicity event, this was an event for military children.”

Well if everything was above board, if this wasn’t about keeping things secret, then why didn’t two of the party’s luminaries – actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton – appear on the White House visitor logs?

The White House is under fire for reportedly trying to downplay the role that two Hollywood stars played at a 2009 Halloween party, with press secretary Jay Carney today calling the media’s reporting on the incident “irresponsible” and denying reports of an attempted cover-up. But no record of the two stars, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, appears in the official White House visitors logs.

An administration source said that entertainers are generally not recorded in the visitors logs. “Entertainers and production crews who are working events are generally not WAVED in since they are not guests visiting the White House, they are working,” the official said. …

Other stars — even when they are the entertainment — have appeared in the logs. A May 11th poetry reading by the rapper Common, for example, was logged. So were musicians Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder when they played at President Obama’s 50th birthday.

To be fair, the article goes on to note that at least one other celebrity – Beyonce Knowles – has performed at the White House without being logged. But then again, Knowles’ was a pretty high-profile visit.

And what’s the point of the logs if the White House can pick and choose who gets logged?

I’m still shocked that, when the Obama administration wanted this quiet, the media in 2009 apparently went along with it. There had to be reporters who knew this event was going on, and yet there were no contemporaneous media reports about it. That shows a disquieting level of collusion.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Jamermorrow

    Anybody ever thought we should pay our politicians a certain salary and they pay for all expenses out of this salary? What is the point in having a salary if everything you do is paid for?

  • WOOF

    Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are CIA .
    Why would anyone be offended by them entertaining children of the military ?

    • mickey_moussaoui

      woof, stop the charade.
      There were two parties. One for the kids and a later one for the elites. The one for the kids is acceptable, the latter was just another Queen Michelle elitist bash on the tax payer dime.

  • HG

    Wonder how much the press had to be paid to keep this quiet.  My guess — nothing. 

    That shows a disquieting level of collusion.

    Well said, Rob.

  • Proof

    It was a Halloween party. The Press went as Monica Lewinsky, Obama went as Bill…

  • mikemc1970

    Obama colluding with the media in order to deceive the public.

    Doesn’t that statement say everything that needs to be said about the entire Obama presidency?

  • sanity

    Most Transparent Administration….Ever…[rolls eyes]

  • geronimo’s pony

    i saw this in the news right after halloween in 2009, johnny depp news..

  • awfulorv

    Johnny Depp has found easier, and less dangerous ways, to search for the riches within treasure ships. 

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Speaking of secret, ridiculous and extravagant parties that are scandals.  Anybody remember “The Southern Experience”, where Conservatives celebrated the Rebels and made the blacks dress as slaves and serve them at the party? That party certainly wasn’t for the military families.

    And who were those attendee’s?

    Invited speakers to the NFRW conference included U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Rep. Joe Wilson, House Speaker Bobby Harrell, former U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins and GOP gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley.

    • two_amber_lamps

      LOL…  nice leftist blog, I’m sure it’s completely on the level!  Maybe you could find some more unbiased journalism…  Media Matters, The Daily KoS, MSLSD…  all fine sources.  But why bother with sorting thru half-truths when you can go straight to a race-baiting leftist shrew?  Excellent choice sir!

    • mickey_moussaoui

      “made” them? Really?

      You lie !

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Do you believe the blacks had the option to dress as a Confederate soldier or in a 3 piece suit, mickey?

        • mickey_moussaoui

          yes. They were paid. No one was forced. Stop being such a tool.

          They accepted an acting role for payment. No different than you wearing a chicken suit and holding a sign outside of KFC.

          dumb ass

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            No, I am asking you if the blacks had the option to dress as confederate soldiers or wear a customary 3 piece suit to the party?

            BTW, mickey, did you ever get around to telling me what’s the best option for my internal cloud? Do you think deduplication on primary storage is a good idea, or do you think using simple to use tools like thin reclamation and thin provisioning is all that’s required to utilize primary storage more proficiently?

          • mickey_moussaoui

            Interesting that you should ask.  When I consult on
            digital signage solutions for customers this issue has come up. I don’t know what size your enterprise is but the big challenge for a business interested in cloud netwoking is that it has to be ready to share resources among business units.
            It is handy for developers in that they can deploy applications to the cloud via a self-service portal, without any involvement from a server administrator.
            But again, I do not know the size of your enterprise or the application you are running so I couldn’t tell you what to do. As for thin reclamation and thin provisioning, they will save you money vs purchasing additional disc storage. It’s a great way to allocate storage as needed.

            BTW, you
            are still a douchebag.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            But do you think the blacks had the choice to dress up as Confederate Generals or soldiers, mickey?

            BTW, nice cut and paste.  It’s interesting that you confused cloud networking with an internal cloud that provides compute resources for various requirements.

          • mickey_moussaoui

            Hand job, Internal cloud networking and cloud networking
            are essentially similar. They both allow access by multiple users providing resource access to all involved. This technology has been out long enough that the excitement of “new” is worn out.
            Stop pretending that you are anything other than a manchild with issues against adults.
            BTW, you are still a douchebag

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            mickey you talked about cloud networking in response to reclaiming disk space in an internal cloud and made the assumption that there was some sort of service portal that does not require a server administrator.  In what world do random users provision new VMs and allocate storage without talking to an administrator.  Maybe you confused external cloud with internal cloud, both of which really aren’t relevant when discussion thin provisioning, thin reclamation or deduplication.

            Who ever it is you are asking these questions is steering you down the wrong path.

          • JustRuss

            Thin is probably the best bet in my opinion, deduplication isn’t the most efficient option and you end up with another copy of the file as soon as someone makes a change anyway.  DD is better as an add on than a primary solution. If you have the money then go for both. If not go thin.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Thanks JustRuss, I won’t knock your method, but my snapshots are space efficient and are merely pointers, so there is no copy if a change is made, just a pointer to that delta.  Also, deduplication is providing roughly 60-70% more disk to use for those snapshots which reduce my need for spend on D2D.  Combined with thin provisioning and thin reclamation I’m spending less on my storage footprint than I would in an environment without these storage efficiency tools to leverage.

  • two_amber_lamps
    • mikemc1970

      I had not seen those other photos until now. Thanks for the links. One of the posters, on the pjmedia site, described them as having a “pre-Revolution Versailles vibe”. I can’t agree more.

  • Erick1740

    I did not see any military families at the Depp hollywood party. It appears they were only allowed at the photo op party before hand. 0bama and his fat wife would not allow commoners to attend their extravagant hollywood party.

  • realitybasedbob

    Re-ripped from the pages of rube v Truth:


    I’m still shocked that, when the Obama administration wanted this quiet, the media in 2009 apparently went along with it. There had to be reporters who knew this event was going on, and yet there were no contemporaneous media reports about it.


    Michelle Obama Cat Woman, Gibbs Darth Vader at White House Halloween Party.
    Pool Report By Lynn Sweet on October 31, 2009 8:06 PM

    Obamas turn White House into Halloween central

    By Jim Wolf October 31, 2009

    Trick or treat: Obamas expect 2,000 children at White House for Halloween
    3:52PM GMT 31 Oct 2009
    Perhaps a little something from our White House website:
    Really rube, you’re better than this.Delete your post and move on.

  • realitybasedbob

    Has anyone asked if Depp and Burton requested their presence be kept quite, not wanting the publicly for themselves?

  • Hal426

    For the same reason Monica Lewinski wasn’t on the guest list.  Cigar, anyone?  No, thanks.

  • Matthew

    Every Johnny Depp website in the world reported this.  It was not a secret.

  • Erick1740

    Just vast amounts of money flushed down the 0bama hole with the help of the fat assed first lady. Let them eat cake!

  • Willis Forster

    This is what these guy dress like when they are not in costume. Did they sleep in the same bed they they just left?

  • FactChecker

    For all of you who either believe the right-wing noise machine and/or don’t do research here is are links about the ‘secret’ Halloween party…………… 

    The stupidity grows exponentially larger every day…..Read more: