There were two things very scarce at former President Barack Obama’s star-studded 60th birthday bash over the weekend, masks and photos.
On the latter, turns out a few photos of the fancy shindig were shared online Saturday evening as the celebrity-filled guest list of the allegedly “scaled back” celebration was underway, only to be deleted later.
Rapper Trap Beckham, who performed at the party on Martha’s Vineyard, and his manager TJ Chapman took photos while at the event and posted them on Instagram, but would later delete the snapshots because of a photography ban, according to the New York Post.
The photos included selfies from each smoking doobies, marijuana is legal in the state of Massachusetts, credentials for the birthday party, a fancy napkin commemorating Obama’s birthday that had 44X60 emblazoned in gold — a now 60-year-old Obama was the 44th president of the United States.
Below is an apparently approved photo from the night:
Barack and Michelle Obama from his 60th party pic.twitter.com/amGMRgsInO
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 8, 2021
Here’s more from the Post on the deleted images:
Snaps of the open bar showed bottles of top-shelf liquor and cigars, and s’mores cocktails garnished with melted marshmallows.
Despite Questlove being enlisted to coordinate a meat-free menu, photos showed that steak, chicken and shrimp were also available, with rice, greens and potatoes on the side.
Brownies and watermelon slices were served to staff and performers for dessert, along with Mexican hot chocolate, which the musician and manager apparently washed down with Hennessy, screenshots of the social media posts show.
A photo of the napkin was still up on Chapman’s Instagram page, as seen here:
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But the other photos were not long for social media — at least not in their original form, as screenshots would prove.
“Had to delete everything due to the rules,” Beckham acknowledged, according to the Post. “It was epic for sure. If any videos surface it’s going viral. He danced the whole time. Nobody ever seen Obama like this before.”
Chapman, who called the event held at Obama’s $12 million mansion “the party of all parties,” estimating that at least $1 million was spent on it, was not happy about being forced to delete the images.
“Epic night last night,” he said in a video. “I posted some stories of myself. Didn’t think anybody gave a damn, and I guess they did. That’s not cool. That’s not cool.”
Here’s a video they took, sounding like Obama fangirls, from the Daily Mail:
As for videos, singer Erykah Badu posted footage she took on Instagram featuring a mask-less Obama on the dance floor that was later deleted — copies are still floating around:
Here’s Obama dancing maskless with hundreds of his birthday party attendees last night. But, remember, it’s not safe for your kids to go to school without wearing masks. All of this is total and complete bullshit: pic.twitter.com/QGxov4ZJrC
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 8, 2021
Alicia Keys and John Legend also performed at the party — Legend’s canceled wife, Chrissy Teigen, who was recently outed as a vicious bully, reportedly accompanied him.
Some of the celebrities rumored to be in attendance included Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Jennifer Hudson, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Bradley Cooper, Gabrielle Union, Don Cheadle, Dwyane Wade, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Colbert and John Kerry. So much for “scaled back.”
A spokeswoman said ahead of the party, “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.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have crashed the lavish birthday party, even though she was supposedly disinvited due to the scaling back over concerns about COVID-19.
This reportedly led to an “awkward’ encounter between the two as Pelosi lunched with Oprah.
When the party began to wind down around midnight, departing guests created a “sh*t show” of traffic congestion on the small resort island, the Post reported, citing the response from a local Massachusetts police officer’s radio transmission.
Below are a few screenshots from the video above:
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