Obama’s 60th Birthday Party Sparks Outrage
The guest list included Gayle King, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Steven Spielberg, according to People magazine. The party was held outdoors under a giant white tent set up outside the Obamas’ $12 million mansion. “Due to the new spread of the delta variant over the past week, the President and Mrs. Obama have decided to significantly scale back the event to include only family and close friends,” Hannah Hankins, a spokeswoman for the Obamas, said in a statement last week. “President Obama is appreciative of others sending their birthday wishes from afar and looks forward to seeing people soon.”
Hankins said then that the event was planned “months ago in accordance with all public health guidelines and with COVID safeguards in place.” Obama’s staff did not confirm the initial number of attendees, nor the number of guests who remained on the invite list after it was cut down. Black face masks inscribed with a special “44 x 60″ monogram commemorating the 44th president’s milestone birthday were distributed to party guests, though many did not wear them, according to People magazine.
TMZ reports that the celebrities in attendance included Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Bradley Cooper, Don Cheadle, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, Erykah Badu, Steven Colbert, Bruce Springsteen and more.