Former President Obama criticized for planning birthday bash with hundreds of guests
Former President Barack Obama will reportedly host hundreds of guests at his 60th birthday celebration, despite a nationwide rise in Covid cases and increasing public regulations.
“If you’re talking about a small party like I might have at my house for six or eight people who are all fully vaccinated, I do not believe, at this point, we need to put masks on to be next to each other,” said Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. “But if there were 100 people, and, of course, how are you really going to be sure about people’s vaccination status?”
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The birthday party will be an outdoor gathering and all guests are asked, but not required, to be vaccinated. The Obamas have also hired a COVID-coordinator to enforce virus safety protocol. They offered no comment on whether guests will be required to wear masks.
The party will be held at the Obamas’ 30-acre oceanfront estate, in their $12 million home. There are reportedly over 470 confirmed guests and over 200 staff that will be onsite for the event.
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Reactions to the upcoming party have not been favorable.
“‘Do as I say, not as I do’,” one Twitter user said.
“All government employees past, present, future and their friends and families are exempt from such things as obeying CDC recommendations…..” observed one Twitter user.
“To quote the empty husk of a man in the White House, they are literally killing people,” said podcast host Gerry Callahan.
“We can’t do what the elite can do,” another claimed. “Tell me about privilege,” agreed someone else.
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“But you people will stay home and like it! Silence mortals!” said another.
“Will the media cover this as the next big super-spreader event?” wondered Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center.
“I wonder if #TheTexasDems were part of the 475 invited. I mean, they were already vaccinated & love private jet flights too! Oh wait…. They were vaccinated AND yet still more than 10% of them got #BreakthroughCovid anyway? Hmmmm…. Way to rock the Delta Dance, Barrack! ,” mused someone on Twitter.
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“The people who tell you to be afraid of covid are not afraid of covid, times infinity. Rinse. Repeat. ” noted one Twitter user.