Barack Obama sparked outrage over his huge 60th birthday bash with a guest list of 500 people at his beachfront Martha's Vineyard mansion amid a surge in Delta variant cases.
The former U.S. President hired 200 workers for the huge bash next weekend to celebrate turning 60 on Aug. 4.
AXIOS reports that all attendees must be tested for COVID and be fully vaccinated, but face masks are not required.
Politicians, public figures, and social media users expressed outrage over news of the bash. But the White House dismissed the criticism.
Others pointed out the hypocrisy of elites like Obama operating under a different set of rules than average Americans.
Mark R. Jacobsen, an Assistant Dean at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University tweeted:
"Sorry Mr President @BarackObama – my kid would like a big birthday bash too – but this is tone deaf and we need some more leadership from influencers like you."
Greg Pollowitz, Twitchy.com editor, said: "Obama must cancel his birthday party." Pollowitz cited a recent Covid-19 outbreak in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as the reason.
Mediate Senior Columnist John Ziegler tweeted:
"Elite Liberals: The two greatest threats we face are the COVID pandemic and global warming!! Also Elite Liberals: Let’s have a huge party on super-expensive beach front property we own, even though we claim to believe it will be soon overrun by the rising ocean!!"
Twitter also dragged Obama's advisor Valerie Jarrett who asked the public for donations for Obama's Presidential Center in Chicago.
"My dear friend @BarackObama is turning 60 tomorrow. For his birthday gift, I'm asking you to chip in $6 or $60 to help us bring the Obama Presidential Center to life in Chicago. Donate at http://obama.org/60-for-60/ #HappyBdayObama."
Candace Owens tweeted in response:
He is throwing a party with 700 people on a private beach in Martha's Vineyard but please peasants, remember to give whatever is left in your savings accounts to his causes and remember— we're all in this together!"
He is throwing a party with 700 people on a private beach in Martha’s Vineyard but please peasants, remember to give whatever is left in your savings accounts to his causes and remember— we’re all in this together! https://t.co/3oQEy3alB3
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) August 3, 2021