Former United States President Barack Obama (2009-2017) turns 60 this Wednesday, although he has finally chosen to give reversing his plans to throw a big party next weekend and will hold a smaller event.
This was confirmed by the spokeswoman for ex-president Hannah Hankins in a statement published in the newspaper The Washington Post, in which he explained that the decision has been made “due to the new expansion of the Delta variant in the last week.”
Obama had planned to hold a big celebrity party on Saturday in the gardens of his mansion on the exclusive island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, but the preparations had caused some controversy for the increase in infections of coronavirus in the country.
The actor George Clooney, director Steven Spielberg and host Oprah Winfrey They were among the 475 people who had received invitations to the luxurious celebration, in which the rock band Pearl Jam was going to play and where all the guests had to undergo a covid test before attending, according to US media.
In the note, Hankins indicated that this event had been planned months ago in accordance with all public recommendations to protect against the disease.
However, given the advance of the delta variant, “the President and Mrs. Obama have decided to significantly reduce the event to include only family and close friends“said the spokeswoman.
Hankins added that the former president “appreciates other people’s birthday wishes from a distance and hopes to see people soon.”
Some conservative commentators they had accused Obama of hypocrisy for planning that celebration after months of asking Americans to get vaccinated and be careful during the pandemic.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki defended Obama on Monday, during whose tenure current US President Joe Biden served as vice president.
Psaki was precisely one of the first to congratulate Obama on Wednesday. She worked on the White House Communications team during her tenure.
Psaki joked on his Twitter account: “I guess my former boss Barack Obama turning 60 means I’m over 28 (years old) at this point (the age I started working for him). Happy birthday, Barack Obama. Thank you for all that you have done. to make this country better, “he said.