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The Obama’s threw a secret party at the White House for celebrities and political pundits last weekend. And they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for Al Sharpton’s Twitter account.
The Obama administration has thrown an invisibility cloak over many issues during its nearly seven years in office: drone strikes in Yemen, the raid to kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, even provisions of a Pacific trade pact involving 12 nations. On Saturday, that cloak had a purple fringe when President Obama and his wife, Michelle, invited about 500 guests to a private party where Prince, whose signature album is “Purple Rain,” and Stevie Wonder entertained guests for two hours of dancing.
While the party had been rumored for days, it was not mentioned on the president’s official schedule, and it managed to come off with almost no publicity. Until the White House news briefing on Monday afternoon, Twitter posts by attendees offered among the few public acknowledgments of the event and its highlights.
“I think it’s remarkable that they kept it this quiet,” said Bess Abell, a White House social secretary during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. “I don’t know of another party this size that was kept that quiet.”
…The Rev. Al Sharpton was among the few guests who confirmed the event and its entertainment when he wrote on Twitter: “Leaving the White House party w/POTUS and FLOTUS. Awesome to see Prince and Stevie Wonder on keyboards together. Unbelievable experience.”
The White House claims the party was paid for by the Obama’s out of their own pocket. Remind me…. who pays the President’s salary, again?