Obama’s limitless chutzpah … [Darleen Click]
Saturday, January 18, Barry gathers 500 of his closest friends to party in the White House East Room for Michelle’s 50th birthday
Michelle Obama danced into the morning hours with a glittery crowd of 500 that kept the White House’s East Room bumping at the First Lady’s 50th birthday bash Saturday night.
Sasha and Malia Obama watched in awe as Beyoncé sang, while elsewhere, Paul McCartney danced and Hillary Clinton schmoozed. “It was just an incredible party,” the guest told PEOPLE, “chock-full of celebrities.” [...]
Smokey Robinson greeted Hillary Clinton with a bear hug at the North Portico door where she’d been talking with Democratic Party donors, while Bill Clinton chatted with Jennifer Hudson. Top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was on the arm of NFL veteran and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad. James Taylor held court with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who later tried to get a dance with McCartney, who only had eyes for his wife of two years, Nancy Shevell. [...]
To fuel all that partying, there were mini crab cakes, fried oysters on toast rounds, roast beef sliders and champagne. When the birthday cake was brought out, John Legend sang two different renditions of “Happy Birthday” – the standard-issue version, then a jazzier take.
Among the other stars spotted in the crowd were Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Janelle Monae, Mary J. Blige, Angela Bassett, Courtney Vance, Herbie Hancock, Samuel L. Jackson, Grant Hill, Alonzo Mourning, Ledisi, Emmett Smith, Star Jones, Al Roker, Steve Harvey, Magic Johnson, Billie Jean King and Michael Jordan.
Vice President Biden worked the room, as did the Clintons, who avoided the dance floor, our source says.
Today, the While House announced
The White House has announced that for the very first time, President Obama will pay a visit to Pope Francis.
The president is scheduled to visit Francis at the Vatican March 27, capping off a European tour that will also include stops in the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. [...]
During this trip to Vatican City, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the president hopes to talk about fighting poverty and income inequality — something both he and Francis have been outspoken about.
CBS White House correspondent Bill Plante explains the meeting comes at an opportune time for the president.
“It’s a chance for him to align himself with the agenda of the very popular new pope at a time when the president’s own popularity here at home is at a low point.”
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