President Obama turned fifty yesterday. Fifty is a milestone birthday, no matter who is having it. It strikes me as kind-of a big deal when it’s the President turns fifty in his third year in office.
In honor of the occasion, there was a party, and supporters and friends gathered at the White House to Celebrate. The ABC News Political Punch blog headline read “President Obama Celebrates Birthday in Private Star-Studded Rose Garden Party” and described the event this way:
White House officials offered no details about the Rose Garden barbecue and birthday party thrown for President Obama last night. No menu, no guest list, the event did not appear on his official schedule.
Ann Compton reports that the Obama family paid for the celebration out of its own pocket.
Their silence might be so as to not create the impression that the president was celebrating just hours after the Dow Jones fell 500 points. Politicians hate to be portrayed as fiddling while Rome burns, Nero-style.
“Just left the Presidents birthday party at the White House. Herbie Hancock played, Stevie Wonder sang and yes they did the electric slide. A great night,” comedian Chris Rock tweeted.
Politico reporter Jennifer Epstien had better sources than Jake Tapper.
Rapper Jay-Z, actor Tom Hanks and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were among those who joined President Barack Obama’s longtime friends to celebrate his 50th birthday with a barbeque bash at the White House.
After sending the White House press corps home early at 4 p.m., the president welcomed politicos, celebrities, donors and close friends for dinner in the Rose Garden and music in the East Room, including a medley by Stevie Wonder that ended in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” according to Friday’s POLITICO Playbook.
The evening began with chicken, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta and salad in the Rose Garden, and then four kinds of pie: apple, peach, huckleberry and cherry. At the end of the dinner, irst lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha presented the president with a cake before the party moved indoors.
In the East Room, performers included R&B singer Ledisi, jazz musician Herbie Hancock and Wonder. The president encouraged everyone to dance – and they did. Lots of kids were on hand and they stole the show as they danced in the center of the East Room.
Celebrities at the party included Jay-Z, Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, basketball stars Charles Barkley and Grant Hill, comedian Chris Rock, actor Hill Harper and Oprah Winfrey’s best friend, Gayle King. (Last year, Obama celebrated his birthday with a small dinner with friends, including Winfrey, while his wife and kids were on vacation.).
Sounds pretty run-of-the-mill to me, so far as a milestone birthday for the leader of the free world is concerned, anyway.
But you just know that Faux Noise had a unique take on the festivities…
Yes. That is the actual Fox headline, that’s not parody, that’s not satire and that isn’t a site that LulzSec or Anonymous has redirected traffic to.
That’s the real headline they opted to go with, “Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs.”
Apparently they are offended beyond belief that black people were in attendance at a birthday party in their White House.
They really have gone around the bend. It’s to the point where a sittin congressman refers to the President as a “tar baby” Pat Buchanan repeatedly refers to the President of the United States as “your boy Obama” in an appearance with the Reverend Al, and now Fox with this patently offensive headline.
It’s just a matter of time before someone says the “N-word” on live teevee.
I can’t decide between Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade — but you just know one of them is going to say it. At this point, I am more surprised when the day passes and it hasn’t been said than I will be when it inevitably happens.