The Obama family is going big for the Presidents 55th and final White House birthday. The event is quite a star studded affair proving that money really can buy you famous friends, power, and prestige.
USA Today reported,
“First lady Michelle Obama is making sure that President Obama’s last birthday in the White House may be the most memorable. The first lady is hosting a star-studded birthday celebration at the White House Friday night, the White House confirmed Friday afternoon.
It was an open-secret anyway: The New York Post reported Thursday that the guest list includes singers Beyonce, Jay Z, Usher, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder and John Legend; actors Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Hudson; and athletes Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning.
Oh, and then there’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The White House downplayed the glitz factor, with a White House official telling reporters only that “the guest list includes a large number of family members and friends to mark the occasion.”
Thankfully we’ve learned the event isn’t being paid with tax payer dollars but instead with the Obama’s personal funds. The party will be a part of a weeklong celebration. He already spent a night out with his wife in Georgetown for a seafood dinner. And last Saturday he had a Camp David retreat for his college friends and inner members of his White House circle.
This birthday extravaganza certainly show’s how money plays a large role in politics. More importantly, how celebrities pay big money to Presidential campaigns to win and in exchange they get a front row seat at presidential events and first class invites to prime A-list affairs like this. It certainly doesn’t have a democratic ring to it.
Very hypocritical of a democrat but not surprising.