Obama Has 50th Birthday Bash as Markets Slide

Friday, 05 Aug 2011 01:32 PM

By Martin Gould

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In the middle of the massive stock market slide, President Barack Obama did the electric slide at the White House as he partied the night away his at his celebrity-filled 50th birthday bash.

Obama, with Rahm Emmanuel at his 50th birthday party in Chicago.  (AP)
But he celebrated quietly. The White House press corps was dismissed at 4 p.m. and guests, including Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Hillary Clinton started arriving at 5.

Rapper Jay-Z, NBA legends Charles Barkley and Grant Hill, football great Emmitt Smith and comedian Chris Rock were also there to mark O’s Big 5-0.

Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder were among the musicians who played in the East Room. Guests ate grilled chicken, burgers, Chicago-style hot dogs and ribs washed down with American wines. They danced barefoot in the Rose Garden, according to the blog Obama Foodorama.

The event was casual – “there was not a tie in sight” – reported the blog’s Eddie Gehman Kohan. At one point Obama challenged his guests to dance.

First Daughters Sasha and Malia Obama were allowed to stay up for the bash and the president’s mother-in-law Marian Robinson was also among the 200 revelers.

Politicians present included the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid former governors Bill Richardson and Tim Caine, White House chief of staff Bill Daly and campaign fundraiser Andy Spahn.

Obama’s big day came on the same day when there was little to celebrate – the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped by more than 500 points, the biggest one day decline since December.

 


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