Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Others Rumored for Obama Administration’s All-Star Goodbye Party
By Jeff Giles
January 5, 2017
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President Barack Obama will reportedly close out his second term with what’s being described as a “grown-up” party, set to be hosted at the White House on Jan. 6 with a star-studded guest list that’s rumored to include Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder and many others.
The Washington Post reports that, per this administration’s tradition, the Obamas will foot the bill for the party themselves — and those who don’t make the “close friends and major donors” cut described by NME shouldn’t plan on seeing any cellphone footage, as personal communication devices will reportedly be confiscated at the door.
Nothing’s been officially announced by the White House yet, but Chance the Rapper seemed to confirm his presence on the guest list with a tweet telling followers he was heading to D.C. for a fond farewell to the President.
Bout to fly 21 hours to DC to bid farewell to the greatest president in US history. God bless you @Potus— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) 5 de enero de 2017
The Post reports that the rumored guest list has been “trickling out” in the days leading up to the event, and is rumored to include Beyoncé — who performed at both of President Obama’s inaugurations — Jay-Z and Stevie Wonder, as well as an array of Hollywood luminaries such as David Letterman, Bradley Cooper, J.J. Abrams and George Lucas.
As NME notes, the Obamas’ all-star party is coming together as President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly encountering steep difficulties in putting together a roster of performers for his upcoming inaugural ball. Confirmed talent for the event includes the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Rockettes and former America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho.
President Obama to host a goodbye party at the White House on Friday
By Helena Andrews-Dyer
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
This post has been updated
January 2017 will definitely see an onslaught of A-list tourists at the White House. But they’re not coming for the inauguration.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host a goodbye party for close friends and major donors Friday, according to a person with knowledge of the marquee affair. The Obamas themselves confirmed during an interview with People Magazine last month that they’d have one final bash at the White House. The president told a young fan that they’d have a “grown up” party before packing their bags.
Of course, there’s no official word from the White House yet. Typically the Obama administration keeps a tight lid on celebration details until the 11th hour, releasing a just-the-facts statement the day of the event. But the big names thought to be on the guest list have been slowly trickling out this week.
Old standbys such as singer Usher and actor Samuel L. Jackson will most likely be there, according to another person with knowledge of the invitees. Also currently practicing their sweet moves are media titan Oprah Winfrey, who snagged an exit interview with the first lady last month on her fellow invitee and bestie Gayle King’s network CBS; actor Bradley Cooper, who showed up to the French state dinner sans underpants; Beyoncé, who sang at both of Obama’s inaugurations, and her husband, rapper Jay Z, are both whispered to be performing. We’re also hearing that Stevie Wonder, who has performed at the White House, director J.J. Abrams and director George Lucas make the list.
If this star-studded shindig follows the traditional Obama script for private parties, the first couple will be footing the bill themselves as they did for the Prince concert last summer. Cell phones will be confiscated at the White House security gate and social media crumbs will be few. But afterward, tales of the president’s dance moves and sore feet will make the late-night talk show rounds.
The White House party will act as the kickoff of a goodbye tour of sorts for President Obama, who will head to Chicago to deliver a farewell address Jan. 10.