Who’s who for White House bash

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

This month will see an on­slaught of A-list tourists at the White House. But they’re not com­ing for the in­au­gu­ra­tion.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host a good­bye party for close friends and ma­jor donors tomorrow, said a source with knowl­edge of the mar­quee af­fair.

The Oba­mas con­firmed to Peo­ple Magazine that they’d have one fi­nal bash at the White House. The pres­i­dent told a young fan that they’d have a “grown up” party be­fore pack­ing their bags.

Of course, there’s no of­fi­cial word from the White House yet.

Typ­i­cally the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion keeps a tight lid on cel­e­bra­tion de­tails un­til the 11th hour. But the big names thought to be on the guest list have been slowly trick­ling out this week.

Old stand­bys such as singer Usher and ac­tor Sa­muel L Jack­son will most likely be there. Me­dia ti­tan Oprah Win­frey, who snagged an exit in­ter­view with the first lady last month, is also tipped to be there as is ac­tor Bradley Cooper, who showed up to the French state din­ner sans un­der­pants; Bey­oncé, who sang at both of Obama’s in­au­gu­ra­tions, and her hus­band, rap­per Jay Z. Ste­vie Won­der, who has per­formed at the White House, di­rec­tor JJ Abrams and di­rec­tor Ge­orge Lu­cas have also made the list.

If this star-stud­ded shindig fol­lows the tra­di­tional Obama script, cell­phones will be con­fis­cated at the White House se­cu­rity gate and so­cial me­dia crumbs will be few. But af­ter­wards, tales of the pres­i­dent’s dance moves and sore feet will make the late-night talk show rounds.


Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is said to have in­vited a host of A-lis­ters to his White House party.

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