Jan 10, 2012
There is no record of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton in the official White House visitors logs, giving no proof that the two Hollywood stars were part of 2009 'Alice in Wonderland' themed Halloween bash.
However, an administration source has asserted 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 Politico quoted an official as saying.
A new book, 'The Obamas' by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor has alleged that the White House covered up a Alice in Wonderland-themed Halloween party, which was staged by film director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp, for fear of sending out wrong messages during 2009 recession.
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. Singer Beyonce Knowles, however, does not appear in the visitor logs when she performed at a 2010 state dinner.
The White House irately denied the allegations on Monday with press secretary Jay Carney today calling the media's reporting on the incident "irresponsible".
"If we're trying to hide something by bringing in the press, we're not very good at it," Carney told reporters Monday.
Republicans have slammed the administration over the omission in the online logs (which are voluntary).
"The most transparent administration somehow forgot to log Johnny Depp coming to the White House?" said Republican National Committee spokesman Joe Pounder.
"Apparently Obama's promise of transparency depends on the day, the event and what they don't want to disclose," Pounder added.