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

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.