I know there is a lot of serious stuff to write about: The war in Afganistand, the progress of the health care bill, the election tomorrow, people who expected instant change when President Obama was elected, etc. etc.. But when the the last time the First Lady donned a costume to greet trick or treaters at the White House? I don’t think it has ever happened.
According to the White House Historical Association, Tricia Nixon was probably the first to hold a Halloween party in the White House. She invited kids to a party. No mention of Tricia donning a costume. The Fords and Carters linked Halloween to charitable giving to groups like UNICEF. Bush 1 held an anti-drug youth rally int 1989.
This appears to be the first all out White House party.
Pictures from Politico.com
The first family members took to the front steps for about half an hour, passing out treats including White House M&Ms, a sweet dough butter cookie from the White House pastry shop and dried fruit (cherries, apricots, pears, apples and papayas).
The children aged 6 to 14, some with younger siblings in tow, came from 11 area schools — five in the District, three in Maryland and three in Virginia chosen by the Department of Education. One toddle burst into tears upon seeing the president, who said “happy Halloween” to each child as they passed.
Also out front, red and yellow butterflies inside giant bubbles, two giant orange and black eyes peering out from first-floor windows, a giant black spider and cobwebs hanging over the North Portico, walking “trees” on stilts. Also Star Wars and other characters handing out candy. Most of the characters came from theatrical groups, including the Red Moon Theater in Chicago and D.C. companies.
The President stuck with tradition: No costume. There was also a party inside.
Inside, a couple hundred military families and White House staffers and their children roamed the first floor of the White House as an old-fashioned turntable played actual albums. Among those making the scene were Robert “Lord Vader” Gibbs and son Ethan; and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice as Goofy.
As the pool was being ushered out, the president spoke briefly. He told the military families “We are so grateful to you,” especially those who are separated from family members. He thanked staffers and their children, at which point FLOTUS piped in, “They’re so cute!”
“They’re adorable,” POTUS said, “as is, by the way, my wife — a very nice-looking Cat Woman.”
But almost topping the First Lady was press secretary, Robert Gibbs.