Friday was Obama’s 55th birthday. The last one he will celebrate in the White House. You can bet he threw himself a grand old party, without any of them in it (!) and spared no expense or high profile celebrity.
According to the New York Times, staff were told to expect they’d be working til 4 a.m. They report:
One birthday guest, who normally has a very good memory, insisted late Saturday that he had imbibed too much to remember a thing. (It’s not clear what the guest was drinking, but Mr. Obama favors extra-dry Grey Goose martinis.) Another birthday friend recalled only seeing Alonzo Mourning, a retired Miami Heat basketball star, and watching Stevie Wonder perform.
Magic Johnson tweeted a picture of himself and his wife on Friday evening. “Cookie and I getting ready to go to President Obama’s birthday party!” he wrote. The Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted at 1:10 a.m.: “Leaving the White House after the celebration of President Obama’s birthday. His last birthday as President.”
Others spotted at the White House before the party included the talk show host Ellen DeGeneres; Grant Hill, a former N.B.A. star; George Lucas, the creator of “Star Wars”; and a collection of former Obama aides and media celebrities. The singer-songwriter Nick Jonas tweeted afterward: “Tonight was a night I will never forget. #BarackObama #happybirthday.” Paul McCartney was reportedly a guest and performed for Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle.
Also said to have attended were Beyonce and Jay Z (natch), Kendrick Lamar, Al Roker, Sarah Jessica Parker, Usher, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Portia De Rossi, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Roberts and Common. On the politics side were Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, AG Loretta Lynch, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama advisor David Axelrod and DNC interim chairman Donna Brazile.
None of these people would you want to be stuck in an elevator with for even two minutes.
White House officials say all similar private events are paid for by the Obamas, though it is unclear whether those costs include security and staff workers, who would be on hand at the White House anyway.
Wonder if he will use his 55 senior discount now that he’s eligible?
MichelleObama’sMirror blog details it with a dash of snark:
What a week; state dinner Tuesday, Barry’s birthday dinner at Fiola Mare on Thursday, and then – last night! Birthday Lollapalooza! We rolled up the carpets and everyone boogied down till the sun came up. And while there was no sit-down dinner, don’t worry; there were enough “snacks” to feed all the starving children in America as well as the rest of the world – for a year. Butt as you know, no pictures. The most transparent administration ever is wrapping up their last year the same way they started: no outsiders, no photographers, no press, and no social media (!?!).
The party list consisted exclusively of fatally hip, terminally cool, rich kids on the block. They hung out all night drinking, blowing, eating, dancing and speaking ill of Republicans in general and Donald Trump in particular. Cleanup is going to be horrendous butt fortunately the help will have 2 whole weeks to handle it as the Wons will be off to Martha’s Exclusive Enclave for 2 weeks as of today.
Won’t be a tough gig there. The Obamas like to rent a very expensive place, dine at the most expensive restaurants and hobnob with even more celebrities.
None of this can I imagine Donald J. Trump doing in his administration. Please God!