Coming off a 500 point loss yesterday, the stock market had its worst week since 2008.
But at the White House, it was time to party with crappers and Hollywood idiots (Politico).
Rapper Jay-Z, actor Tom Hanks and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were among those who joined President Barack Obama’s longtime friends to celebrate his 50th birthday with a barbeque bash at the White House.
After sending the White House press corps home early at 4 p.m., the president welcomed politicos, celebrities, donors and close friends for dinner in the Rose Garden and music in the East Room, including a medley by Stevie Wonder that ended in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” according to Friday’s POLITICO Playbook.
The evening began with chicken, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta and salad in the Rose Garden, and then four kinds of pie: apple, peach, huckleberry and cherry. At the end of the dinner, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha presented the president with a cake before the party moved indoors.
Compare this big bash to when George W. Bush turned 60 in 2006 (ABC).
On July 6, President Bush reaches a personal milestone and turns 60 years old. But the president celebrated a bit early, on Tuesday, July 4, with a small private party of family and friends at the White House. ABC reports it was a casual affair, with the president wearing a red and white short sleeved Hawaiian shirt and dining on fried chicken, cajun shrimp, biscuits, salads and a three-tier chocolate cake that included a repica White House on the cake. After dinner, the guests watched the Independence Day fireworks from the Truman balcony.
One tenth of a percentage drop in unemployment doesn't mean it's time to party, nor that there's a recovery. But don't tell that to this tone deaf White House.