Former president Barack Obama landed himself in controversy in recent days for a fresh batch of liberal hypocrisy that even he couldn’t ignore.
As COVID cases around the country rise and the federal government and several large companies mandate their employees receive the COVID vaccine, the former president had planned a huge birthday bash that sparked major controversy and backlash.
Now, though, he has announced he will cancel the big party, which was reportedly set to include 700 people, and instead host a smaller gathering.
“This outdoor event was planned months ago in accordance with all public health guidelines and with covid safeguards in place,” Hannah Hankins, a spokeswoman for Obama, told CNN. “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. President Obama is appreciative of others sending their birthday wishes from afar and looks forward to seeing people soon.”
“It’s going to be big,” one source told The Hill.
News of the party sparked major pushback.
“Let me get this straight,” said Jordan Rachel, a commentator for Talking Points USA. “You couldn’t say goodbye to your dying loved ones, but Barack Obama can have a party with 700 people at his estate in Martha’s Vineyard?”
More and more criticism poured in.
“Does Biden have any comment on Obama throwing a massive birthday bash as he pushes for more COVID restrictions?” wrote Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee. “Or is there an exception for parties attended by rich liberal celebrities?”
Well, this may be the closest Obama ever gets to being cancelled.