While America burns, just off his Thursday fund-raiser for billionaires in Chicago, loose-jointed bobble-headed, chillin’ President Obama boogied on out to his birthday barbeque.
The birthday bash was closed to the press and not on the President’s official schedule. His team was not eager for pictures of the affair, coming as the stock market was plunging and America was burning.
His 50th birthday celebration started with dinner in the Rose Garden, accompanied by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.
The Prez’ birthday guests included Jay-Z, Hill Harper, Chris Rock, Charles Barkley, Steve Harvey, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Grant Hill, Gayle King.
Also boogieing were Al Sharpton, Patrick Gaspard, UBS Investment Bank President Robert Wolf, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski, Leader Nancy and Paul Pelosi, Secretary Tim Geithner, Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric (guns to Mexico) Holder, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep./DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Virginia Gov. and DNC Chair Tim Kaine, Anita Dunn and Bob Bauer, Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Valerie Jarrett, Michael Strautmanis, Pete Rouse, Bill Daley, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Denis McDonough, John Brennan, Rahm Emanuel, Tina Tchen, White House chef Sam Kass, Julianna Smoot, Marty Nesbitt, Eric Whitaker, Linda Douglass, and some Chicago pals and other of the Prez’ close personal friends. Whew!
Notably absent was Bill Clinton, and Hillary came alone—hey splitsVille, man?
The President’s guests chowed down to a dinner of BBQ chicken, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta, and salad.
Then came desert. Prez just loves pie, so he had a choice of apple, cherry, huckleberry and/or peach. Man was the Prez cool!
Then the First Lady presented her Prez with a cake, and everyone moved into the East Room for performances which included R&B singer Ledisi, and Herbie Hancock. Stevie Wonder followed with a medley ending in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” DJ Cassidy played Motown, hip hop, and ’70s and ’80s R&B.
How kewl is that!
The limp-wristed, head bobbling Prez asked everyone to dance—and boy oh boy did they ever!
The elite millionaire gang sprang to it by doing dance routines to hip-hop songs in the center of the hallowed East Room. They even did the 18-step Electric Slide, a four-row line dance—whatta great night! Prez really digs that stuff.
The bodies of both Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy have lain in state in that very same East Room. Betcha those guys and a bunch of dead Presidents must have been spinning in their graves that night.
Meanwhile, the stock market was crashing, Standard & Poor’s was giving the final touches to the U.S. credit downgrade, and a group of 31 U.S. special operation troops, most of them from the elite Navy SEALs, were preparing for an attack in which they would make the ultimate sacrifice—as the Prez fiddled in his White House digs.
At the end of the birthday party, the Prez took off for vacation at Camp David, and the politicos also left for their August vacation—just like all was cool with the world. Chill, man!
Meanwhile Secretary of the Treasury, Geithner, was under pressure to quit his post. Hey, what pressure? After paying his dues to Wall Street by giving the fat cats hundreds of billions of dollars, Blankfein and the gang will be waiting to give Tim-baby a warm and profitable welcome.
Later on, after the August vacation, the Prez will saunter back into the White House, and wait for someone to tell him what to do. The obvious will consist of cuts in entitlements to soak the poor, and a cosmetic tax reform to placate the rich.
Of course, nothing will be done to curb defense spending-that would hurt Big Business, and folks like Bush Sr. with his Carlyle Group (quiet on that).
After all, highly respected military adventurer, David Petraeus, has said of the endless war, “This is the kind of fight we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives.”
Yes, Petraeus, but what if we go broke before “the rest of our lives?”