Photos leaked of former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTop nuclear policy appointee removed from Pentagon post: report Prosecutors face legal challenges over obstruction charge in Capitol riot cases Biden makes early gains eroding Trump's environmental legacy MORE celebrating his 60th birthday over the weekend, providing small glimpses into the apparent high-profile bash.
The New York Post obtained screenshots of pictures and videos shared on social media by some of the guests, including Trap Beckham, TJ Chapman and Erykah Badu.
In one picture, Obama could be seen on the dance floor, smiling with a mic in his hand, while other pictures showed off outdoor designs from the party, which was held at the former president’s home on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, as well as special credentials that were provided to attendees.
A photo also showed napkins designed especially for the shindig, adorning the text “44x60” in gold lettering in honor of Obama, who was the country’s 44th president.
It wasn’t long after photos of the party surfaced on social media that Obama began to draw heat from critics for being seen outside without a mask in one of the pictures.
The former president, who has encouraged the public to get vaccinated as the nation continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, was vaccinated earlier this year along with former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama looks to mobilize voters for midterms We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees MORE. Revised guidance recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested vaccinated individuals once again wear masks indoors but has not changed guidance on not needing face coverings in outdoor areas.
Badu, Beckham and H.E.R. were among the stars who attended the affair. A host of other A-list stars were spotted on the island over the weekend, including John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, according to USA Today.
A White House official confirmed ahead of the event that President BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE would not be able to attend.
According to the Post, Beckham performed his track “Birthday Bitch” for former President Obama at the party.
The Hill reported late last month that the former president was planning a large party for his birthday at his nearly 30-acre property on Martha's Vineyard. At the time, sources said A-listers such as Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyCourt rules Prince Philip's will to remain sealed for 90 years Piers Morgan joining News Corp., will host new show on Fox Nation Royal family supports BLM movement, senior representative says MORE and George Clooney were invited and that guests were asked to get tested prior to the event.
But following more reports surfacing of the planned large-scale event, a spokeswoman for the Obamas said that the former president decided to limit guests to family and close friends due to coronavirus concerns.
“Due to the new spread of the Delta variant over the past week, the President and Mrs. Obama have decided to significantly scale back the event to include only family and close friends,” the spokeswoman said then.
“He’s appreciative of others sending their birthday wishes from afar and looks forward to seeing people soon,” she added.
The announcement came as parts of the nation have seen surges in coronavirus cases fueled by the rapid spread of the delta variant.
The Post reported that photos and media shared by attendees of the party on social media all had to be taken down not long after due to a photography ban implemented at the event.
Updated 1:48 p.m.
This article has been updated to reflect a distinction between guests who were spotted on the island and those who took photos and thus attended the party.