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The latest scandal to hit the White House is news that in 2009 the Obama's threw a lavish "Alice in Wonderland" themed party. The news emerged in Jodi Kantors latest book "The Obamas." Kantor, a heretofore respected New York Times columnist, broke the news that not only did the party occur, but Johnny Depp and Tim Burton were in attendance. And who were the recipients of this wasteful government spending? Children of wealthy Obama donors? A secret cabal of World Bankers? In fact, it was no less an undeserving group than children of military families, and Washington D.C. area public school children.

In response to the news that Mr. Depp and Mr. Burton did not appear in the White House visitor logs, Republican National Committee Spokesman Joe Pounder had this to say: "The most transparent administration somehow forgot to log Johnny Depp coming to the White House?" Apparently Obama's promise of transparency depends on the day, the event and what they don't want to disclose."

It remains baffling to this reporter why news like this and Mrs. Obama's fitness program are met with such consternation from Republicans. Both are met with cries denouncing big government, but it just goes to show you the misplacement of Republican priorities. Getting children to exercise and throwing them parties is a waste of government funds and an unnecessary incursion, while banning Gay marriage and abortion are necessary to uphold family values. That the children in question are the families of veterans sent to war by a Republican president with specious reasons, only underscores Republicans stunning lack of empathy. Certainly the argument could be made that the party was a waste of money, but the government is constantly throwing lavish parties and wasting money, not to mention waging unnecessary wars, so one might think that doing something nice for military families would be an justifiable one time expense. It speaks volumes about the excesses of partisanship in this country that a minor story like this one becomes a full fledged scandal in some people's eyes.

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  •  Yes, I remember the Bush years (0+ / 0-)
    It speaks volumes about the excesses of partisanship in this country that a minor story like this one becomes a full fledged scandal in some people's eyes.

    While I don't think we are nearly as single minded or irrational as the other side, I seem to remember us turning every single little thing the Bush administration (and the GOP in general) did that we thought might be offensive into a "Big Deal" in our search for material to undercut his credibility.  Now the shoe is on the other foot.

    "What we really expect out of the Democrats is for them to treat us as they would liked to have been treated." --John Boehner

    by slothlax on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 07:20:29 PM PST

    •  If this is Obama's version of Cheney's secret (3+ / 0-)
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      meetings with the heads of the oil companies where they drew up energy policy behind closed doors and refused to disclose the attendees or the topics discussed; then I am down with it.
      Turnabout is fair play. White Rabbit.

      Occupy your mind. - No better friend, no worse enemy.

      by Thousandwatts on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:32:42 PM PST

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    •  Hardly. (0+ / 0-)

      Liberals didn't have time to complain about WH parties or ponder Laura Bush's choice to keep her arms covered during the GWB years because we were too busy documenting and reporting on all the lies, misdeeds, fuck-ups, thefts, wars, torture, and endless scandals during the eight long years of Bush. Good old GWB gave us plenty to laugh at or cringe from whenever he opened his mouth or tried to open a door; no digging was required. And no one cared what celebrities were visiting the WH unless they turned out to be male whores posing as press agents.

      The biggest difference between the right and the left is exactly this kind of petty bullshit nonsense. Remember when Repubs went apeshit because Speaker Pelosi required a plane that could travel non-stop to California? You would have thought the entire US treasury had been raided for airfare and that Nancy was out joyriding the skies over America and dumping the plane's latrines over the square states. No one has said a peep about Boehner's travel arrangements. The only thing he is criticized for by the left is his penchant for being a simpering douchebag, a dishonest drunk, and a failure as House Speaker.  Gee Mr. Speaker, where are the jobs?

      There is a difference between the left and the right in this country and this is one of them. Liberals don't turn official duties, state functions, and daily WH routine into poo to sling at whoever is sitting in the Oval Office and their family. So please take your false equivalency somewhere else because when it comes to stuff like this, we are NOT like them.

      Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

      by jayden on Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 01:26:05 AM PST

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    •  Hatred (0+ / 0-)

      This level of hatred that is being shown by the Republicans is way out of line. We had genuine concerns with getting us into a war for purely specious reasons and later found out to be down and outright lies. The President and First Lady are being attacked for throwing a party for children of people in our military and for trying to get our children to eat healthy, among other "crimes." These attacks when the First Family is trying to help children and military families is beyond contempt. The shoe isn't on the other foot. They aren't throwing shoes they are throwing manure.

      "Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much." Oscar Wilde

      by michelewln on Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 06:51:50 AM PST

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  •  One of the consistent Republican attack-memes (0+ / 0-)

    they use on Democrats is "hypocrite", because the left values sincerity so much.  Remember the "Gore said he invented the internet" story, for example?  This little one about non-transparency with Johnny Depp fits their narrative.

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