With hindsight, a low-key dinner with close family and friends would probably have been more appropriate.I wonder how many of these wealthy fatcats will be flying in on corporate jets?
But the small matter of a multi-trillion dollar debt crisis was not going to stop President Barack Obama pulling out all the stops for his birthday party.
There has been speculation for days as to whether the President was going to make it to his own fundraising 50th birthday party - a lavish affair at a $40,000 a night ballroom in Chicago, with Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson booked to sing for the birthday boy.
But with the announcement last night that a debt deal had been agreed, it finally appears as if the party is back on.
Helicopters could be heard over the Chicago lakefront as authorities performed security drills in preparation for the President's visit.
The celebrity-studded event, which will be held at the exclusive Aragon Ballroom on Wednesday - the day before President Obama's birthday - is scheduled to feature star singer Jennifer Hudson.
Also set to perform for the President are jazz musician Herbie Hancock and trendy punk rock band OK GO.
Tickets for the fundraising dinner cost an astonishing $35,800 a person. Additional contributions of $50 will gain entry to the concert with limited seating, while $1,000 donors receive 'premium' seats for President Obama's birthday and $10,000 tickets include 'preferred' seating along with the chance to take a photograph with Obama.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
What Debt Crisis? Obama Heads Off for Lavish Birthday Party
The liberal media may be calling him The Biggest Loser, but that won't stop the greedy Barack Obama from jetting off to Chicago to celebrate his birthday with his millionaire pals.