President Barack Obama was simply ending up 18 holes on the Vineyard Golf Club round midday Saturday when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived by personal jet to attend Obama’s big 60th birthday party set to kick off at 7 p.m., sources instructed The Post.
The ex-president, who hit the hyperlinks with friends Don Cheadle and NBA coach Steve Kerr, flew in Friday for the supposedly scaled-down party, whereas Pelosi acquired the VIP remedy at Martha’s Vineyard Airport when she arrived.
Sources instructed The Post that the Secret Service made particular preparations for the personal aircraft she got here in to taxi away from the paparazzi-filled major terminal to the far finish of the airport the place she was picked up and whisked away by personal black vehicles.
By arriving Saturday, nevertheless, Pelosi missed Obama’s pre-party shindig on the posh Winnetu Ocean Resort in Edgartown Friday night time which went on for about 4 hours and included lots of the VIP company anticipated at Obama’s party.
John Legend, who arrived along with his spouse Chrissy Teigen on Friday, is about to carry out tonight on the mega bash on the Obama’s mansion, sources instructed The Post.
The Winnetu party occurred at a giant banquet corridor that included a balcony overlooking the seaside. Tom Hanks, sporting glasses and grey hair, “charmed the crowd,” stated one supply.
President Obama, in a darkish shirt, additionally appeared to maneuver across the room along with his spouse Michelle, chatting up lots of the company. At one level the partygoers paused for about 25 minutes to listen to speeches, a supply instructed The Post.
Among the party company noticed on the Winnitu — a few of whom are additionally staying there — have been George Clooney, Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce and Jay Z.
Jennifer Hudson is reportedly staying at billionaire Ernie Boch Jr.’s $23 million property. Other company are staying at a few of the multi-million yachts moored in Edgartown Harbor.
Aerial images of the previous first household’s sprawling $12 million 29-acre property confirmed a large tent flanked by smaller staging tents, out of doors furnishings, a dance ground and a big raised stage with audio system and technical tools.
A supply near Obama instructed The Post Saturday stated the tent nonetheless being up didn’t imply the bash was nonetheless deliberate to be as huge, saying it was to guard company from aerial drones.
TMZ reported that some Martha’s Vineyard locals have been indignant about their island being upended by the party. But James Hagerty, the Town Administrator for Edgartown, stated Obama’s party was enterprise as standard for one of many nation’s largest summer time hotspots.
“Really, the president’s party is nothing we haven’t seen many times before,” Hagerty instructed The Post. “We’re used to a lot of big events like this in the summer and it’s good for the economy. Most locals don’t mind.”
The party was initially set to characteristic 475 company and 200 staff, however an Obama spokeswoman on Wednesday stated the party could be rolled again after an outbreak of the Delta variant in close by Cape Cod.
“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,” Hannah Hankins stated in a press release.
Obama’s choice followed a report by The Post, which cited a supply as saying the previous president was making a public well being “nightmare” by making an attempt to get almost 700 folks to his party amid a nationwide surge of the variant and new restrictions.