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Obamas Stage Massive Party Featuring Show by Prince

The Obamas threw a party at the White House for 500 guests who were treated to a private concert in the East Room by Prince, supposedly on hand to “celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month,” according to the New York Post.

Really? There’s an altruistic angle to this glorious indulgence?

Stars were on hand aplenty. Incredibly, the whole thing was completely hushed up. I gather the government can keep some secrets when it involves something important.

From the Post:

Spotted at the exclusive two-hour concert — during which Prince played hits including “Kiss” and “Purple Rain” — were Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his date, singer Ciara, artists Jon Bon Jovi and James Taylor, TV & film stars Tyler Perry, Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Gayle King, Tracee Ellis Ross, fashion designer Naeem Khan and J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons.

Also there, Carlyle’s David Rubenstein, 32 Advisors’ Robert Wolf and American Express’ Ken Chenault, plus DC power players former Attorney General Eric Holder, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

First daughters Sasha and Malia were also at the show, we’re told.

No word yet on how this all was paid for.

Apparently guests were instructed to check their cell phones so Twitter wouldn’t be ablaze with photos of the bacchanal.

The absurdity of the situation – you know, economy contracting, ISIS on the march, trade bill goes down, and people nevertheless swinging from the chandeliers in the White House – gives me an excuse to put up this sketch by Dave Chapelle.

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40 Responses to Obamas Stage Massive Party Featuring Show by Prince

  1. I’ll chip in my next paycheck to the first major media outlet that puts this up as a headliner this week.

    I believe my money is safe, very safe

    H

  2. They delight in sticking their lifestyle in Americas’ face.

    We won America, now suck it up and deal with whatever trials and tribulations you are experiencing.

    We are living the high life on the taxpayers dime and we really, really appreciate your efforts to support it, although you have no choice to refuse to do so.

    You will contribute to our lifestyle or you may face jail time.
    Too bad,….it’s the law.

    So again, suck it up and do the best you can under the circumstances that we have placed on you.

    After all, this is America, and Americans will survive.

  3. So upset and humiliated at his loss of the trade bill, Zero goes ahead with his long planned Party! He is so sad he needs a little bash to drown his sorrow. He is the biggest ZERO ever!

    The old saying still goes – Saturday night N word rich! In our “free speech” country one can no longer use that word. So sad we have come to this point.
    We are no more free than other countries, we are all wage slaves locked in a pretend world where we have fake freedoms.
    Our elections are fake as well. We can chose one of the preselected candidates both of which are hated. IE Jeb and Hill.

      • White people are not allowed. We also cannot have nativity scenes and we should allow the Muslims to have sharia law. A few honor killings is OK too. But only for the Muslims.

  4. Obama golfed Saturday with his choom gang and now we hear of this ginormous party Saturday night. Mooch and the girls are off to Europe this week and Obama off to CA for fundraisers, a speech and golf weekend. Living the 5 star life on the backs of taxpayers. :(

  5. Oh, so that explains why the Choom Gang flew all the way to DC from Hawaii instead of just meeting Barry in CA later this week for the golf weekend (as they have the last two years in June).

    This is beyond ridiculous, and OFFENSIVE! I am sick to death of the way these people take advantage of the office with all the lavish travel, separate vacations, and massive parties. What nerve to have a humungous, expensive party right before Moochelle flies off to Europe with her mother, kids and probably twenty friends, while Barry is heading off to CA to fundraise and then golf all weekend with the Choom Gang. They’re disgusting!

    585 days until he’s finally GONE!!

    That’s 83 and a half weeks to go!

  6. http://time.com/3921658/barack-obama-prince-stevie-wonder/

    During a regularly scheduled press briefing Monday, White House reporters grilled spokesman Josh Earnest, who said that the Obamas will personally foot the bill for the party.

    “The point is that the President and First Lady—and I think most people across the country would acknowledge, that is an appropriate thing for the president and first lady to do,” Earnest said. “Which is to open their house up to guests for a private party on a Saturday night.”

    Earnest repeatedly stressed that the event was not an official function.

    “President and First Lady did hold a private party at the White House over the weekend, but given the private nature of that event I don’t have a lot of details to discuss from here,” he said.

    The party’s guests, however, weren’t so tight-lipped.

    Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted from Washington that it was “awesome to see Prince and Stevie Wonder on the keyboards together,” at the White House party.

    Football star Russell Wilson posted an Instagram of himself and his date Ciara after “dancing at the White House” to Prince and Stevie Wonder.

    Director Ava DuVernay called it “one of the best house parties I’ve ever been to.”

    • “their house” Excuse me, but WE foot the bill for the utilities, security, maintenance and yes, the rent. Its our house, how dare you shut the doors to the owners!

      Mr. Obama, you should do this at YOUR OWN house, not ours. But my bet is you never will because that would mean paying for 100% of the affair, without donated talent, food, etc.

      2016 is not that far away, better save your bucks because the party, she’s over in 2016.

      H

  7. Josh claims it was a private party so the O’s paid for it themselves:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2015/06/14/princes-performance-at-the-white-house-still-under-the-radar/

    At Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed that the president and first lady hosted a “private event” on Saturday but despite social media evidence to the contrary, Earnest still refused to confirm if Prince performed at the glitzy gathering.

    The one thing we do know is who footed the bill. Earnest confirmed that the Obamas were paying for the party — just a small fete for 500, nbd — with their own money, but he did not specify how much the first couple shelled out for the star-studded soiree.

    When asked why the Obamas weren’t more transparent about a White House event with a guest list that included Fortune 500 CEOS and possibly lobbyists, Earnest said that “opening up their home to guests” on a Saturday night is an “appropriate thing” for the Obamas to do.

    (snip)

    But when it comes to their private time, the Obamas rarely make things easy. As we reported last week, whispers of an intimate Prince concert to be held at 1600 Penn had been making the rounds since the Purple One announced his Washington tour stop just days in advance of his visit. All anyone knew was that the invites were near impossible to snag — the guest list more exclusive than a state dinner.

    (snip)

    Prior to the star-studded concert for 500, the White House would only confirm that the First Couple were “hosting a private party for friends and family” on Saturday night. There was no mention of 57-year-old rock star or his band, 3RDEYEGIRL, who’d already sold out two Sunday performances at the Warner Theatre. But one faint whiff of the VIP event came in the brief mention of “a small stage” set up on the South Lawn in a pool report sent Saturday afternoon.

  8. From Mark Knoller’s Twitter:

    Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller.@PressSec confirms Obamas hosted WH party Saturday night, but it was “a private event” and so hye won’t disclose any more about it.
    1:08 PM – 15 Jun 2015

    Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller
    @PressSec says the Pres and First Lady are paying for Saturday night’s party themselves.
    1:15 PM – 15 Jun 2015

    Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller
    Further, @PressSec says the President and Mrs Obama “reserve the right” to host private parties at the WH & “they did it on their own dime.”
    1:18 PM – 15 Jun 2015

    • The Obamas paid for it all by their little selves…Really?
      What is the cost to host 500 people? What is the cost of a concert by Prince — and Stevie Wonder?
      I’d love to see the GAO work up a cost estimate for this one — and how the “we’ve been struggling” Obamas paid for it all out of their own pockets.

        • That’s chump change compared to what they’ll get for speaking fees. (And I get tired of hearing Michelle repeatedly moan about what tough lives they’ve had; how there hasn’t been a day they haven’t been the victims of racism.)

  9. I’m so tired of saying “Imagine if a Republican did this”…

    but imagine if a Republican did this!

    I can’t wait until these people leave. and I weep when I think where we’d be right now if Romney had won in 2012. just think:

    -no Obamacare
    -no Iran deal
    -no ISIS (because Romney would have left troops in Iraq so the “JV squad” would never have been able to graduate to varsity).

  10. If we think this party-for-nothing was big, wait until the Obama’s have their last going away party in 2016. There will be choirs of angels, 10 symphony orchestras, two circuses with elephants, lions and tigers,, dancing girls and boys all over the joint, food enough to feed Michelle for a year. The oceans will open and out will come Neptune himself, walking up to the White House singing “Don’t Cry For Me, America.”