President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host a goodbye party for close friends and major donors Friday, according to a person with knowledge of the marquee affair. The Obamas themselves confirmed during an interview with People Magazine last month that they’d have one final bash at the White House. The president told a young fan that they’d have a “grown up” party before packing their bags.
Of course, there’s no official word from the White House yet. Typically the Obama administration keeps a tight lid on celebration details until the 11th hour, releasing a just-the-facts statement the day of the event. But the big names thought to be on the guest list have been slowly trickling out this week.
Old standbys such as singer Usher and actor Samuel L. Jackson will most likely be there, according to another person with knowledge of the invitees. Also currently practicing their sweet moves are media titan Oprah Winfrey, who snagged an exit interview with the first lady last month on her fellow invitee and bestie Gayle King’s network CBS; actor Bradley Cooper, who showed up to the French state dinner sans underpants; Beyoncé, who sang at both of Obama’s inaugurations, and her husband, rapper Jay Z, are both whispered to be performing. We’re also hearing that Stevie Wonder, who has performed at the White House, director J.J. Abrams and director George Lucas make the list.
If this star-studded shindig follows the traditional Obama script for private parties, the first couple will be footing the bill themselves as they did for the Prince concert last summer. Cell phones will be confiscated at the White House security gate and social media crumbs will be few. But afterward, tales of the president’s dance moves and sore feet will make the late-night talk show rounds.
The White House party will act as the kickoff of a goodbye tour of sorts for President Obama, who will head to Chicago to deliver a farewell address Jan. 10.
|President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)|
Obama's last White House party line-up outclasses Trump's inauguration plan
President Barack Obama will be given a star-studded send-off on Friday (6 January). The outgoing US president will be entertained by the likes of Beyoncé, Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder at his last-ever White House party, leaving the line-up for president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration in the dust.
An insider "with knowledge of the marquee affair" has revealed that Obama, 55, and First Lady Michelle Obama are inviting a select group of close friends, supporters and donors to the White House grounds, The Washington Post reports.
The White House has yet to officially confirm the party and its guest-list but the publication also predicts the attendance of other stars, including Usher, Samuel L Jackson, Bradley Cooper, Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, JJ Abrams and George Lucas. It is reported that superstar Beyoncé, her rap mogul husband Jay Z and legendary soul singer Stevie Wonder will grace the stage.
It is unlikely that the public will follow events of the evening through social media as guests' mobile phones are expected to be confiscated, following suit with many previous White House soirees. The party will precede Obama's final address as president in Chicago, which is set to take place on 10 January.
The projected celebrity-filled guest-list for the White House bash immediately outshines that of Trump's forthcoming inauguration. The president-elect is said to have struggled to secure performers on the day he is sworn into the White House, but former America's Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho is confirmed to sing the US national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
While pop stars aren't exactly rushing to perform during the Republican's inauguration, it seems to have had a positive effect on Evancho's record sales. Trump, 70, boastfully took credit for the increase in popularity of the 16-year-old's music, tweeting: "Jackie Evancho's album sales have skyrocketed after announcing her Inauguration performance. Some people just don't understand the 'Movement'."
According to data from Billboard, there may be some truth to Trump's bold statement. Evancho's latest studio album, Someday At Christmas, had sold 6,000 copies by 6 December but after she was announced as an inauguration performer, sales had soared to 11,000 in the week ending 22 December.
It was previously suggested that Hillary Clinton supporters, such as Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry and Beyoncé, should join forces to perform an alternative concert when Trump is inaugurated on 20 January.
Obama plans final White House bash before term ends Jan. 20
WASHINGTON – Before his farewell address, President Barack Obama plans a farewell bash Friday night to celebrate the end of his presidency.
While the White House isn't saying who's on the guest list, Chicago-based hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper said Wednesday on Facebook and Twitter that he was about to fly "21 hours to DC to bid farewell to the greatest president in US history. God bless you @Potus." Chance had been touring in Australia and New Zealand.
Many other celebrities are expected to attend what's shaping up to be the Obamas' final party before the Jan. 20 hand-off to President-elect Donald Trump.
Beyonce was among the celebrities who attended Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party at the White House in 2014.
Obama plans to deliver a farewell address Tuesday in Chicago.