Former President Barrack Obama is reportedly hosting a 60th birthday party this week, inviting hundreds of guests to his mansion despite public concerns about the risks of COVID-19 infections.
Axios, citing one person with connections to Obamaworld, revealed on Sunday that there were 475 confirmed guests—including friends, family, and former aides and 200-plus staff planning to work the birthday party.
Obama turns 60 on Aug. 4, but the party will be held this weekend at his Martha’s Vineyard mansion.
A report from Daily Mail unveiled that Obama and his wife, Michelle, purchased the 7,000-square-foot mansion in Edgarton in 2019 for nearly $12 million.
The party will be held outdoors, and all guests will have to be COVID-19 tested and vaccinated.
However, Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said that big parties should be avoided amid a nationwide surge of COVID-19 cases related to the Delta variant.
“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,” he said on CNN on Sunday. “But if there were 100 people, and, of course, how are you really going to be sure about people’s vaccination status?”
The White House said that President Joe Biden would not attend Obama’s party as he is slated to travel to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Friday.
“While President Biden is unable to attend this weekend, he looks forward to catching up with former President Obama soon and properly welcoming him into the over 60 club,” a White House official told The Hill.
Celebrities Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney are expected to join the party.