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Halloween at the White House: Sorry, kid, you're not on the list

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For a few hours this week, students from 30 District schools thought they were getting a special Halloween treat -- an invitation to a private White House party Saturday night -- but it turned out to be a trick of fate. A D.C. school superintendent accidentally forwarded the invitation to all her schools, rather than the ones it was intended for, resulting in a rush for tickets and inevitable letdown.

Perhaps another party on another date, kids -- the Obama White House has a regular habit of having local students over. This time, President Obama and the first lady invited 2,500 elementary students and their families to the party; makes sense, because the days when Malia and Sasha could go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood are gone. Saturday's guest list includes military families, pupils from the far suburbs and 1,000 kids from five District schools -- Stanton, Powell, River Terrace, Oyster-Adams and Achievement Prep charter.

Details of the celebration have been closely guarded (the White House declined to comment), but news reports say guests will be entertained by Chicago's Redmoon Theater, known for creating fantastic outdoor spectacles. And no -- for security reasons, there's no trick-or-treating at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But good news for kids who'll be there. Even the health-conscious White House understands what little goblins need on Halloween: candy.

By The Reliable Source  |  October 30, 2009; 1:01 AM ET
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Everything they do turns out bad, what a couple of losers, don't worry kids, something better is going to happen to you.
The obama's have this way of inviting only who they want, they don't care about the poor kids in D.C.

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | October 30, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse highwaybluesoccer, you think they should have invited every child in the DC school system? Yeah, that would make perfect sense..... to the teabagging birther crowd it would.

Posted by: mlrice710 | October 30, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Amazing that someone (in this case - highwaybluesoccer) can find a way to turn EVERYTHING into a political criticism. Seems like inviting 2,500 kids is a pretty nice (non-partisan) thing to do. Not their fault that the someone working for the City schools made a mistake. It is halloween. Take a day off.

Posted by: codyhess1 | October 30, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Come on now!

If you have invited 2,500 plus their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, other hanger-ons, how much trouble can it be to host another 1,000+ at the "Peoples House" where the current residents don't have to either lift a finger to do this or even show up to greet the unwashed masses?

Posted by: Guvernor | October 30, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

There are no two greater losers than (highwaybluesoccer, and guvernor) when they show what negative individuals they are. The Obama's are bringing more fun and happiness to this White House than any of us have seen in years, and especially for the children. I don't think they are narrowing their invites to anyone because they may be rich or poor. Stop being so negative, and get a life.

Posted by: sajohnson1 | October 31, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

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