Michelle Obama turned 50 on Friday and was honored at a birthday party at the White House on Saturday night. Michelle Obama reportedly had a great time at a party that was attended by some 500 guests which included the entire Obama family – including daughters Malia and Sasha and Mrs. Obama’s mother Marian Robinson – friends of the family, entertainers, elected officials, entertainers, business executives, and big donors to the Obama re-election campaign. The event did not allow the press in, and the White House did not release a guest list, according to the Chicago Tribune and other sources on Sunday. The party was held in the East Room of the White House and reportedly went beyond 3 a.m.
Guests were instructed to not bring their cell phones. There was a designated table for those who brought their cell phones to drop them off. Signs were posted which told guests “No cell phones, no social media.” It was understood to be a very private affair.
Yet, some persons spoke anonymously to the press about who was there. Among the best-known guests were former President Bill Clinton and his wife – former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, musician-singer-songwriter Paul McCartney and his wife, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Samuel L. Jackson, James Taylor, Rachel Ray, Gladys Knight, Al Roker, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Billie Jean King, Ashley Judd, Nancy Pelosi, Valerie Jarrett, Susan Rice, Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius, Penny Pritzker, Janelle Monae, Kal Penn, Michelle Kwan, and Sheryl Sandberg.
Additionally, there were teenaged-girls who appeared to be friends of the Obama daughters present. Chicago and Chicago-area friends at the party included Marty Nesbitt, Eric Whitaker, Laura Ricketts, Kaye and Wellington Wilson, as well as Paula and Jim Crown.
The main event seemed to be the continuous dancing into the wee hours of the morning. It was reported that the honoree, the First Lady, knew many of the latest dance steps just like a teenager. Beyonce performed several songs and then the entertainment was turned over to a disc jockey – when Beyonce hit the dance floor as well. It was said that the president and his wife danced together for a time.
The president spoke about when he met Mrs. Obama. John Legend sang “Happy Birthday” to the First Lady – twice, once traditionally and once in a jazz-style.
About a month ago, those invited were told to mark the event on their calendars and come to the White House for “Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert.” Their notification also suggested them to wear comfortable shoes and to practice their dance steps. It was scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.
The food table included finger food – mini sliders featuring beef brisket. The open bar had champagne, hard liquor, wine and beer.
Again, persons who gave details of the party to various media outlets insisted on anonymity.