Finally, good news from Washington: Sounds like Obama’s birthday party was awesome

posted at 4:10 pm on August 5, 2011 by Allahpundit

I was worried that yesterday’s stock-market crash might spoil the mood, but no, turns out everyone had a rockin’ good time. Whew. Let this thought comfort you if you’re on your 40th week of unemployment: At least Tom Hanks is still enjoying himself.

Obama should have invited George Bush, if only to make today’s headline easy for the media: “BUSH PARTIES WHILE ECONOMY BURNS”.

President Obama and his A-list pals danced barefoot in the East Room on Thursday night, after dining in the dramatically lit Rose Garden to celebrate his milestone 50th birthday. Obama Foodorama was told by guests who attended the “fabulous” but “casual” five-hour barbecue for more than 200 people that the President “let down his hair” and literally danced for hours, finally leaving his own party shortly before midnight.

Stevie Wonder gave a “surprise” performance during the celebration after dining with the President and First Lady Obama, leading the crowd in a soulful rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Wonder’s hit “You and I” was the President and Mrs. Obama’s wedding song. Guests included Jay Z; Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson; Chris Rock; hoops legends Charles Barkley and Grant Hill; Whoopi Goldberg; Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith; Steve Harvey; and actor Hill Harper. He’s one of the President’s closest chums from Harvard law school, and star of CSI: NY. Jazz great Herbie Hancock and his ensemble played four songs; R & B singer Ledisi dazzled the crowd with two selections…

That’s when everyone’s shoes came off, and things kicked into high gear with the barefoot jammin’–the President himself reportedly danced for three full hour[s]. Among other dances, guests did the Electric Slide…

The President also led a huge Conga line around the East Room, pulling in everyone in his path, according to one observer.

Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Hillary were also there but I’m going to assume they weren’t part of the conga because (a) the thought is aesthetically terrifying and (b) the reality of the entire Democratic leadership cuttin’ loose amid economic disaster and getting a free pass from the media gives me the shakes. Alternate-reality headline: “BUSH CONGAS WHILE DOW DOES THE LIMBO.” All I’ll say in defense of what ended up being Obama’s fifth birthday event this week is that, if any private citizen had had a run as bad as his has been this year, they’d need whiskey and horse tranquilizers to dull the pain. Living 24/7 under the microscope, The One’s stuck with conga lines and Tom Hanks instead. I almost feel bad for him.

Ah well. Now that the debt deal’s done, he can go back to doing the one thing he’s really good at. I’ll leave you with this new set of economic projections for next year from Goldman Sachs via James Pethokoukis. Did I say horse tranquilizers? I meant elephant tranquilizers.

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Well, Happy B’day Mr. Obama.

Now, we can go back to be miserable. Thanks.

neoavatara on August 5, 2011 at 4:13 PM

If only he could govern as well as he can party. Actually, can he do anything but party?

bopbottle on August 5, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Set the photon torpedoes for full snark, Mr. Sulu.

John the Libertarian on August 5, 2011 at 4:14 PM

I wish the President great health and a landslide retirement next year.

rickyricardo on August 5, 2011 at 4:14 PM

they’d need whiskey and horse tranquilizers to dull the pain

Or as Allahpundit calls it, Friday night.

lorien1973 on August 5, 2011 at 4:14 PM

The President also led a huge Conga line around the East Room

Mind-blowing.

Lord, let there be a picture.

aquaviva on August 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM

There isn’t a middle finger big enough to convey our birthday wishes.

DrAllecon on August 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

guests did the Electric Slide

That report should put a dent in Obama’s “cool factor”.

cool breeze on August 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

It was great. I tended bar. Obooba drinks cosmos.

Akzed on August 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Is it just me, or does such an ostentatious display, even at one’s birthday, display a certain lack of… what?… taste?… grace?… decorum?

Or is it just me?

JohnGalt23 on August 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

The President also led a huge Conga line around the East Room

As he pulled people into the line, he was quoted as saying, “Don’t sit there drinking a slurpee! Help me put this puppy into the ditch.”

lorien1973 on August 5, 2011 at 4:17 PM

I have reached the point where I hate this SOB with the heat of a thousand suns. I don’t hate people as a rule, but this one is deserving of my scorn.

Pelosi delende est on August 5, 2011 at 4:17 PM

May a pair of cactus speedos be awaiting Obama in hell.

Chuck Schick on August 5, 2011 at 4:17 PM

And there will be lots of photos of this extravagant hoopla in the media, right? And there will be non-stop gnashing of media teeth about how the out-of-touch Obamas are partying large at taxpayer expense while the average Joe worries about whether or not he’ll have a job tomorrow, and/or whether or not he can make his mortgage payment and pay for groceries this month, right? Because we all know how the media would have reported on a spectacle like this if a Republican was in the White House . . . .

AZCoyote on August 5, 2011 at 4:18 PM

gee, had any parties lately Failbama?

Obama: Extending Unemployment Benefits Will “Create Jobs Right Now”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/08/05/obama_extending_unemployment_benefits_will_help_create_jobs_right_now.html

He actually said this.

dogsoldier on August 5, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Was Harry Smith there putting his lips on everybody’s real end?

Hummer53 on August 5, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I hate the media.

Cindy Munford on August 5, 2011 at 4:20 PM

The President also led a huge Conga line around the East Room

And if they were in a pool they would have done synchronized swimming.

Electrongod on August 5, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Heh, I can just imagine him dancing with his guy pal, Hil Harper. Here’s the best example of metrosexual Barack’s dancing evah.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exPT3iFTyks

No Niks on August 5, 2011 at 4:20 PM

. Guests included Jay Z; Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson; Chris Rock; hoops legends Charles Barkley and Grant Hill; Whoopi Goldberg; Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith; Steve Harvey; and actor Hill Harper

So Obama has only one white Friend?

portlandon on August 5, 2011 at 4:21 PM

JohnGalt23 on August 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

I believe it makes you a racist. /

Cindy Munford on August 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Hillary were also there

The big crook and Judas, Richardson, was there too.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM

“Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Hillary were also there but I’m going to assume they weren’t part of the conga because (a) the thought is aesthetically terrifying…”

Can you imagine the stink as they all started to sweat…?

Seven Percent Solution on August 5, 2011 at 4:24 PM

The entire event was closed to the media, so any horrendous looking ones could have danced to any tunes.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

That was one of your funnier posts, Allah.

zhohlz on August 5, 2011 at 4:26 PM

ObaMao and Meechelle were seen on the dance floor doing the Funky Chickens Come Home to Roost.

An aside: When W turned 60 during his presidency, did he party as lavishly? My guess is no.

onlineanalyst on August 5, 2011 at 4:27 PM

…and actor Hill Harper. He’s one of the President’s closest chums from Harvard law school, and star of CSI: NY.

Sinise certainly has his work cut out for him.

Their on set conversations must be legendary.

The Ugly American on August 5, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I suspect the FLOTUS food intake, both quantity and type, will be a tightly guarded secret.

a capella on August 5, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I’m surprised that there wasn’t a golf outing…or at least an appearance on ESPN showing off his mad basketball skillz.

search4truth on August 5, 2011 at 4:30 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exPT3iFTyks

No Niks on August 5, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Man, that is painful. I’d rather watch womens’ basketball.

a capella on August 5, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I Imagine Harry Reid was lonely in a corner, sucking down whisky and sulking about how he misses his pomegranate trees.

WashJeff on August 5, 2011 at 4:31 PM

May a pair of cactus speedos be awaiting Obama in hell.

Chuck Schick on August 5, 2011 at 4:17 PM

And may the fleas of a thousand camels
Infest his armpits

/Stuff my Dad said

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Can’t you just see Pelosi and Reid two-stepping around to “You Are My Sunshine”?

onlineanalyst on August 5, 2011 at 4:32 PM

If only he could govern as well as he can party. Actually, can he do anything but party?

bopbottle on August 5, 2011 at 4:13 PM

He’s good at driving over people with his bus.

MrX on August 5, 2011 at 4:32 PM

President Bush turns 60

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

If you don’t mind my asking… How much did this party cost again?

(I have a feeling that Gov. Christie could have flown in his state helicopter all day more cheaply…)

Danny on August 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Can’t you just see Pelosi and Reid two-stepping around to “You Are My Sunshine”?

onlineanalyst on August 5, 2011 at 4:32 PM

I’d rather see them try the Cotton Eyed Joe.

/NOT!

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Notice all invitees enjoy great wealth. Who wouldn’t be Con-going? Let’s rock! The man puts the “awe” in “awesome”.

betsyz on August 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

This is not the time for recess, for fundraising, for catching up on sleep. Certainly not for golf.

But it’s time for conga, heh.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Do you think any of these folks stroked him a big check?

Cindy Munford on August 5, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Obama created double the amount of contrubutors versus jobs, since in office. Sorry, but I don’t recall who said it today.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2011 at 4:35 PM

I suspect the FLOTUS food intake, both quantity and type, will be a tightly guarded secret.

a capella on August 5, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Here it is

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Cindy Munford on August 5, 2011 at 4:35 PM

LOL

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Gasparino poops on their party.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2011 at 4:37 PM

I wonder if Gary Sinese beats the crap out of Hill Harper on a regular basis. Linguistically I mean.

Vince on August 5, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Here it is

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:35 PM

More “awesome”. Almost as bad as that Laura Bush. Why, you couldn’t snap a picture without her mouth surrounding a triple-stacked cheeseburger.

betsyz on August 5, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Obama should have invited George Bush, if only to make today’s headline easy for the media: “BUSH PARTIES WHILE ECONOMY BURNS”.

Classic.

Tim_CA on August 5, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Andrew Sullivan on a high of Obama-caca.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2011 at 4:40 PM

The entire event was closed to the media, so any horrendous looking ones could have danced to any tunes.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQu_NLRvULM

Del Dolemonte on August 5, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Mind-blowing.

Lord, let there be a picture.

aquaviva on August 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM

..better yet, a You Tube video like that smarmy one with him and The MOOSTER boogeying to “Hey Jude” with Paul.

The War Planner on August 5, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Can I at least have some of the cake?

BobMbx on August 5, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Enjoy it while you can, you creep. We’re gonna bury you deeper than Jimmy Carter next year.

teacherman on August 5, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Thanks for the laughs, Del Dolemonte.

You don’t say, the cult of Obama implodes?

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2011 at 4:44 PM

I suspect the FLOTUS food intake, both quantity and type, will be a tightly guarded secret.

a capella on August 5, 2011 at 4:27 PM

There was that mysterious entry on the shopping list for 2 “feed bags for private residence”.

BobMbx on August 5, 2011 at 4:44 PM

President Bush turns 60

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:33 PM

On July 6 (2006), President Bush reaches a personal milestone and turns 60 years old. But the president celebrated a bit early, on Tuesday, July 4, with a small private party of family and friends at the White House. ABC reports it was a casual affair,…. After dinner, the guests watched the Independence Day fireworks from the Truman balcony.

aquaviva on August 5, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Can I at least have some of the cake?

BobMbx on August 5, 2011 at 4:42 PM

No, you’ll have the Alpo. They’ll have the cake.

/

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:45 PM

The welfare, unemployment, cash 4 clunkers, shovel-ready, leading from behind pimp summoned his carnival.

It’s too bitter-sweet to contemplate, in all the misery.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Let them eat peas.

Dhuka on August 5, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Here it is

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Wait…I thought that was the N. Korean Ambassador.

BobMbx on August 5, 2011 at 4:45 PM

These “celebs” are stupid about raising their own pet dogs, too. Ever watch “Dog Whisperer”?

betsyz on August 5, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Makes you wonder if they thougth of the children Arab Spring in Syria…

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2011 at 4:46 PM

There was that mysterious entry on the shopping list for 2 “feed bags for private residence”.

BobMbx on August 5, 2011 at 4:44 PM

OMG, thank you so much for a huge belly laugh! I sure needed it today :) Feed Baggers LMAO. Hahaha.

/OK, I will now contain myself.

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Eff this Bozo, I was mad at all this stuff, but not no more …. I just got me a autographed pic of the next President in the mail.

Thank you Sarah Palin for the nice autographed picture.

Jerome Horwitz on August 5, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Special cupcake delivery to the private residence.

/snicker

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:50 PM

There was a conga line – how special

gophergirl on August 5, 2011 at 4:50 PM

This is nothing out of the ordinary. During 2009 the party rate at this White House was measured at 2/week, not including the holiday season. Normally a weekend shaker, and a midweek Wednesday or Thursday posse gathering.

The food bills from this White House could fund a small country. I’m pretty sure that their purchases of Wagyu Beef are enough to show up in the Wagyu annual report.

slickwillie2001 on August 5, 2011 at 4:51 PM

What’s that smell?

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Can I at least have some of the cake?

BobMbx on August 5, 2011 at 4:42 PM

No, you’ll have the Alpo. They’ll have the cake.

/

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Alpo has Chop House Filet Mignon now.

http://www.alpo.com/ProductsDetail.aspx?product=chophouseoriginalsfiletmignon

Made with Real Angus Beef!

Del Dolemonte on August 5, 2011 at 4:52 PM

It’s my birthday tomorrow and I’m going to do what I love best…be with friends and family, enjoy good food and drink, and bitch about that elitist snob in the White House. Ahh, good times.

Squarestate on August 5, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Aren’t conga drums and a (half) black president endemic of our racist society?

SouthernGent on August 5, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Way OT: But since it is friday afternoon. BTW, put that soda/coffee down before reading this. LOL

ConservativePartyNow on August 5, 2011 at 4:53 PM

LOL

This post is hilarious. Love it AP

bridgetown on August 5, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Alpo has Chop House Filet Mignon now.

http://www.alpo.com/ProductsDetail.aspx?product=chophouseoriginalsfiletmignon

Made with Real Angus Beef!

Del Dolemonte on August 5, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Can’t. Wait.!

/Can yeh buy it wit dem food stants?

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Congratulate me! I just made my 40th…..week of unemployment. Alas, I have no money to go out and celebrate. :( Wonder if I could get some of Bama’s stash.

atxcowgirl on August 5, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Congratulate me! I just made my 40th…..week of unemployment. Alas, I have no money to go out and celebrate. :( Wonder if I could get some of Bama’s stash.

atxcowgirl on August 5, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Hang in there. We’ll make it through this nightmare in SPITE of, not because of …you know who. And no, please do not dip into the Obamastash; it only fuels the democrat slave-trade.

Just think: In less than 1 1/2 years, America will rid itself of the progressive-marxist-commie filth that has infested our Nation since 2006.

You just hang on. We’re all here with you, so remember that.

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Thanks for the laughs, Del Dolemonte.

You don’t say, the cult of Obama implodes?

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Taranto is great. But two of the O-bots at the link don’t think so.

I am so glad even Taranto could not avoid the superb analysis of Weisberg’s wit..More articles like this will put some more time on WSJ clock under the Murdock tenure of course once the FBI’s 911 investigation is complete this rag will be a memory…lol,lol,lol

Mr. Taranto, if you publish again, most WSJ readers will be too intelligent to bother to read your twaddle.

Del Dolemonte on August 5, 2011 at 5:01 PM

I just had a guy over today to help around the house… Unemployed for many moons now painter/handy man. He fixed some broken windows (cracked really) and helped take the bed off my pickup… Paid him twice the rate he asked for… He’ll be back next week.
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Happy F’in Birth Day Mr. President.
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RalphyBoy on August 5, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Obama needs a break from all the partying and golfing.

Mr. Taranto, if you publish again, most WSJ readers will be too intelligent to bother to read your twaddle.

Del Dolemonte on August 5, 2011 at 5:01 PM

The fool doesn’t realize that Taranto transcends any enterprise.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2011 at 5:05 PM

With all of his job pivoting and Conga lines, one has to ask will it(ObaMao) go round in circles?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un63LEAN22E

onlineanalyst on August 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Heh, I can just imagine him dancing with his guy pal, Hil Harper. Here’s the best example of metrosexual Barack’s dancing evah.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exPT3iFTyks

No Niks on August 5, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Holy Guacamole! Where did he learn to dance? Elaine Benes from Seinfeld?

hillbillyjim on August 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM

You just hang on. We’re all here with you, so remember that.
Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Thanks! Trouble is, everyone I know is afraid he will get re-elected. Then what do we do?

atxcowgirl on August 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM

atxcowgirl on August 5, 2011 at 4:56 PM

What was your previous job?

a capella on August 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Except for a very few shows, I hardly ever watch t.v. I do remember long, long ago, some talk-show with Tom Hanks as a guest. The question was about his “spare time”. What did he do? Why, he kept his DVD collection in strict order. Just like you, I was waiting for the “ha-ha, fooled you”, how inane would that be? To this day, no one believes me, that he was drop-dead serious.

betsyz on August 5, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Thanks! Trouble is, everyone I know is afraid he will get re-elected. Then what do we do?

atxcowgirl on August 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM

That just won’t happen. He’s a gone gander. Now, the GOP person who replaces him needs to have some cajones and smarts, plus we need to control both the House and Senate. Hang in there. We’re all in this together.

a capella on August 5, 2011 at 5:10 PM

What was your previous job?
a capella on August 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM

My occupation? I have 25+ yrs of payroll experience. I know what I’m doing I just don’t do interviews well.

I just hope we can get a good candidate.

atxcowgirl on August 5, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Thanks! Trouble is, everyone I know is afraid he will get re-elected. Then what do we do?

atxcowgirl on August 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM

He will NOT be re-elected.

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 5:14 PM

My occupation? I have 25+ yrs of payroll experience. I know what I’m doing I just don’t do interviews well.

I just hope we can get a good candidate.

atxcowgirl on August 5, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Hey… Go to work for a PEO (Professional Employer Organization). They are huge in Texas and most of what they do is payroll. Where in TX are you? I have many contacts through the WC work that I do down here in FL.

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 5:15 PM

This guy is an absolute pox on America

JustJP on August 5, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Never heard the term PEO. Interesting. I’m in Houston!

atxcowgirl on August 5, 2011 at 5:19 PM

President Obama and his A-list pals danced barefoot

That’s when everyone’s shoes came off, and things kicked into high gear with the barefoot jammin’

Ick. For God’s sake, put your damn shoes back on. Nobody wants to deal with your dirty, smelly, corn-encrusted feet.

Kensington on August 5, 2011 at 5:20 PM

I just hope we can get a good candidate.

atxcowgirl on August 5, 2011 at 5:13 PM

We will,.. I can live with any of them except Huntsman , Cain, or Newt. Any of the others would start to turn things around. I can find things to dislike about any of them, but, that’s O.K. at this point. I would guess, as a payroll person, your employment opportunities would increase a bunch when employment picks up again.

a capella on August 5, 2011 at 5:20 PM

I wonder if Nero fiddled…

Kensington on August 5, 2011 at 5:20 PM

I know what I’m doing I just don’t do interviews well.

Me, either. I say too much, say too little, clam-up altogether. Answering questions: I must be shiftless; look to my left, look to my right (spells deceit). Notice how often you get a “team” of interviewers, looking for these tell-tale signs.

betsyz on August 5, 2011 at 5:21 PM

An economic Masque of the Red Death

Disturb the Universe on August 5, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Never heard the term PEO. Interesting. I’m in Houston!

atxcowgirl on August 5, 2011 at 5:19 PM

I spent time in Chooston; Southwest side and also lived near the Galleria. Was a misfit at River Oaks H.S.. Anywhoo Here are some jobs.

A PEO is like an employee leasing company; they do H.R., Admin and payroll.

Good luck!

Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Now that the debt deal’s done, he can go back to doing the one thing he’s really good at.

Lying? Should I even click the link?

Jim Treacher on August 5, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Louis XVI had some great parties too. Just sayin’

Cicero43 on August 5, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I would guess, as a payroll person, your employment opportunities would increase a bunch when employment picks up again.
a capella on August 5, 2011 at 5:20 PM

LOL.. That’s part of the problem. It’s a viscous circle. This isn’t my first rodeo, but my bones are getting too old for this.

atxcowgirl on August 5, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Good luck!
Key West Reader on August 5, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Thanks, I will check them out. My last job was in the Galleria, they were bought out and closed the office. Seems most of the good jobs are on the West side of town.

atxcowgirl on August 5, 2011 at 5:35 PM

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