Thursday, September 23, 2021

Citing Delta Variant (and Pressure), Obama Scales Back 60th Birthday Bash | VIDEO

Barack Obama - Happy Birthday*New York Governor Andrew Cuomo may not be smart enough to bow to pressure, but former president Barack Obama knows when to fold ’em. In Cuomo’s case, he’s resisting a call from President Biden to step down over sexual harassment accusations.

On the other hand, Mr. Obama has decided to significantly scale back a celebrity-studded 60th birthday bash planned for Saturday (08-07-21) on Martha’s Vineyard, citing the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus (and outcries from haters), a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

“The outdoor event was planned months ago in accordance with all public guidelines and covid safeguards in place,” Hannah Hankins, a spokeswoman for the former president, said in a statement. “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.”

Hankins added that Obama, whose actual 60th birthday is today (08-04-21), is “appreciative of others sending their birthday wishes from afar and looks forward to seeing people soon.”

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Here’s more via the Washington Post:

The decision followed a spate of news coverage Tuesday that raised questions about both the safety and optics of an event that was expected to draw hundreds of former Obama administration officials, Democratic donors and celebrities, reportedly including George Clooney, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Among those critical of the Obamas’ planned party was Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R), who on Tuesday called it “not a good idea” and said he would not attend if he had been invited.

Massachusetts recently tweaked its face-covering guidelines for indoor settings per federal recommendations after a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study showed that three-quarters of people infected during a coronavirus outbreak in Provincetown, Mass., were fully vaccinated.

Dukes County, home to Martha’s Vineyard, has a moderate level of community transmission and is about 100 miles south of Provincetown.

Obama associates said that all of Obama’s guests would have had to provide a negative result of a coronavirus test taken in a window specified by a coronavirus coordinator to ensure that safety protocols were followed.

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