Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Obama returns to 60th birthday party

WASHINGTON – Former US President Barack Obama is speeding up his planned 60th birthday party this weekend at his oceanfront retreat in Massachusetts, as the nation grapples with a rising number of coronavirus infections.

Obama, the two-time president who stepped down in 2017, and former First Lady Michelle Obama have invited 475 people to their vacation home at Martha’s Vineyard, but have now reduced the guest list to family and close friends. Have given.

He turns 60 on Wednesday, ahead of the long-planned event in the seven-bedroom home the couple bought in 2019 for $11.75 million from the owner of the Boston Celtics professional basketball team.

According to news accounts, the original guest list was expected to include several former aides of the country’s 44th president, prominent Democratic leaders as well as entertainment stars such as George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey. It was not immediately known who remains on the guest list.

The party had triggered complaints from Republicans that Obama was ignoring the rising number of virus cases in the US, even as President Joe Biden agreed to face mask and vaccination mandates in his states. Republican governors for being criticized.

Obama spokeswoman Hannah Hankins said Wednesday: “Due to the new spread of the Delta version over the past week, the President and Mrs. Obama have decided to reduce the event to include only family and close friends. He is away. I appreciate sending happy birthday wishes to others and look forward to seeing you soon guys.”

Party planners had said the gathering would have followed all local, state and federal health protocols, including on-site COVID-19 testing. The party was first planned as the number of new coronavirus cases in the US declined sharply, before a recent surge that rapidly spread without vaccinations.

Biden, who was Obama’s vice president, was not expected to attend the gathering.

Some of the material in this report comes from Reuters.

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