Former President Barack Obama was caught on video dancing maskless at his 60th birthday party Saturday night in Martha’s Vineyard.
New York Times White House correspondent Annie Karni told CNN that it looks like a few hundred guests have shown up so far to the party at Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard mansion.
Karni said: “As we’ve seen celebrities arrive on the island, the tabloids have some pictures of the tent in the back of the Obamas’ $12 million mansion. It looks quite large. When they say they scaled it back to be family and close friends, it’s not a 12-person gathering. It looks like it could be a few hundred.”
The party comes amid the growing threat of the Delta variant of Covid-19, and subsequent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found vaccinated people with breakthrough infections can spread the virus.
In a video posted to Instagram by singer-songwriter, Erykah Badu, Obama could be seen holding a microphone and dancing in the middle of the raised dance floor — to the cheers of gathered guests, the Daily Mail reported.
Singer H.E.R., whose real name is Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, also posted a photo to Instagram and Twitter of her with her manager Jeanine McClean and the Obamas, the news outlet added. It was removed hours later.
“Obama’s birthday celebrations continued for a third day on Sunday, with the former president enjoying brunch at a seafront restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard,” the Daily Mail reported. “On Saturday night he was caught on video dancing maskless, having the time of his life. In a video posted to Instagram by 50-year-old American singer-songwriter, Erykah Badu, Obama could be seen holding a microphone and strutting his stuff in the middle of the raised dance floor.”
“It’s hypocrisy at its finest and shows they don’t believe what they are saying,” Republican Party consultant Ryan James Girdusky told the news outlet.
“The liberal elites are laughing at us, attempting to sell this as a ‘scaled-back party,’” GOP chairwoman and New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik added.
Guests at Obama birthday party delete Instagram posts
Rapper Trap Beckham and his manager, TJ Chapman, posted Instagram photos of the food and décor at the event, as well as themselves smoking marijuana. But the photos were later deleted under the event’s photography ban, the New York Post reported.
Beckham and Chapman both posted about having to delete the photos.
“Had to delete everything due to the rules,” Beckham said, the Post reported. “It was epic for sure. If any videos surface it’s going viral. He danced the whole time. Nobody ever seen Obama like this before.”
Chapman was visibly irritated after having to delete the evidence of his “epic” evening.
“Epic night last night,” he said in a video. “I posted some stories of myself. Didn’t think anybody gave a damn, and I guess they did. That’s not cool. That’s not cool.”
Singer Erykah Badu posted a video on Instagram of Obama holding a microphone and dancing onstage at the party, but it was later deleted Sunday morning.
“Y’all never seen Obama like this in your life,” Chapman said on Instagram afterward.
Chapman estimated that organizers spent at least $1 million on the event, which he labeled “the party of all parties.”
Celebrity guests included Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Steven Spielberg, Bradley Cooper, Don Cheadle, Steven Colbert, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom and Rita Hanks.