Updated January 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm ET
Who would have guessed?
And she was just the tip of the iceberg. From the Washington Post:
Other bold face performers included R&B crooner John Legend, jazz singer Ledisi and fellow Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson. And the VIP guest list hardly stopped there. Former White House occupants Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oprah bestie Gayle King, legendary Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, Actor Samuel Jackson, NBA great Magic Johnson, Motown’s Smokey Robinson, former Olympic figure skater and current State Department senior adviser Michelle Kwan, TV host Rachel Ray, and singer James Taylor were all on hand to wish Mrs. Obama happy birthday.
Some more details here from the Chicago Tribune, including that “a deejay kept people on the dance floor in the East Room until after 3 a.m.”
Well, why not? If I could get Beyonce to perform at my birthday party for free, I would. Although I’d rather have Rihanna. And I wouldn’t mind having legendary Beatle Sir Paul McCartney in attendance, even if he thinks my politics are evil.
And this little bash cost taxpayers less than most White House affairs, as dinner wasn’t even served.*
So party on Michelle! Happy birthday.
UPDATE: The Obamas reportedly picked up the tab for the party, including food and waiter costs. Around 500 people attended.