A series of videos and photos were leaked from former President Barack Obama’s 60th Birthday party from this past weekend. This cropped up despite the fact that there was an entire ban on all photography that was supposedly implemented for all invitees.
“Celebrities, politicians and a couple hundred other ‘close friends and family members’ packed in to celebrate former President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday Saturday in what was billed as a ‘scaled-back’ bash amid rising concerns about the fast-spreading Delta variant of COVID-19,” reported The New York Post. “Yet A-listers streamed into Martha’s Vineyard for the swanky soiree at Obama’s $12 million seaside mansion, and few were spotted wearing masks.”
Trap Beckham, a rapper, and TJ Chapman, a manager, allegedly took quite a few photos and videos and posted these depictions of the massive birthday party, but were later forced to take down and delete them. Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, a singer who is more professionally known as H.E.R., seems to have done the exact same thing.
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“Obama’s birthday celebrations continued for a third day on Sunday, with the former president enjoying brunch at a seafront restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard,” reported the outlet The Daily Mail. “On Saturday night he was caught on video dancing maskless, having the time of his life. In a video posted to Instagram by 50-year-old American singer-songwriter, Erykah Badu, Obama could be seen holding a microphone and strutting his stuff in the middle of the raised dance floor.”
EXCLUSIVE: The party continues! Barack Obama's 60th celebrations roll into their third day with a birthday brunch with Oprah in Martha's Vineyard https://t.co/MYaO7oxQWD
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) August 8, 2021
As stated in another separate report from the Daily Mail, the outlet said that multiple hundreds of people were in attendance at the event, which crops up in the wake of reported that it was intended to be “significantly scaled back” from the originally planned 500 guests and about 200 event staff.
“Despite the New York Times reporting that Oprah Winfrey had withdrawn from the party early amid concerns about Covid 19’s Delta variant the television host was reportedly at a pre-party event at the island’s swanky resort on the bluffs on the edge of town,” continued the report. “Michelle and Barrack were reportedly present enjoying time with guests including Tom Hanks, George Clooney and Winfrey’s long-time partner Steadman Graham and friend Gayle King all of whom are on the island for tonight’s bash.”
As claimed by a spokesperson for Obama, the event was held in accordance with all public health guidelines issued by the CDC, and, reportedly, the guests were required to show a negative COVID-19 test result if they had chosen to not take the vaccination.
“This outdoor event was planned months ago in accordance with all public health guidelines and with COVID safeguards in place. 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,” read the statement. “President Obama is appreciative of others sending their birthday wishes from afar and looks forward to seeing people soon.”