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Barack Obama Celebrates 60th Birthday - Glimpse inside His Huge Party with Celeb Friends

Gracious Egedegbe
Aug 09, 2021
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Former US President Barack Obama turned 60 on August 4 and celebrated his birthday with an intimate outdoor gathering of 200 family friends and close friends on Saturday.


On Wednesday, August 4, 2021, former US President Barack Obama marked his 60th birthday. His birthday fell on a weekday, so he waited to groove with friends and loved ones until the weekend.

Barack had to downsize his 60th birthday celebrations from 500 to 200 guests due to the rising number of people infected with the COVID-19 Delta variant. However, his birthday bash still turned out to be a grand affair with the guests in attendance.

Barack Obama leaves after addressing the Chief of Missions Conference in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Harry S Truman State Department building March 14, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images


Barack's birthday was held under a massive tent at his Martha's Vineyard estate. The guests included Gayle King, Erykah Badu, John Legend, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, H.E.R., and many more.

The YBF Daily shared a sneak peek inside Barack's birthday in an Instagram post showing several pictures and videos from it. One photo showed Barack and his wife, Michelle Obama, posing with Grammy Award-winning singer H.E.R.

Barack wore a light gray, floral button-down shirt with cuffed sleeves. He completed his look with white pants and a black beaded necklace. Meanwhile, Michelle wore a green halterneck dress and accessorized her look with gold jewelry.


H.E.R. also dazzled in a long white evening dress with red patterns all over it. A video showed Badu recording the moment Barack and H.E.R. danced to the music playing in the background.

Another video showed Badu, H.E.R., and some other guests hailing Obama. Another picture showed Badu posing with Ledisi. Both women looked dashing in their dresses for the night.

One of the photos showed his August 2008 Ebony cover, while the second showed a recent picture of the former president.


The videos and pictures from the event showed the guests were without their facemasks during the party. This is already drawing criticism though it was revealed that custom black masks were provided for the guests, but many opted not to wear them.

However, it was compulsory for those working the event to wear masks. Barack and Michelle originally planned a COVID-safe outdoor party at their estate, with guests required to undergo testing and other strict protocols.

The couple ultimately decided to scale back their guest list to 200 and have a more intimate gathering after their previous guest list, and party details were criticized.


A source told People that Obama's guests were asked to consider giving programs to support boys and young men of color and their families in the US and empower adolescent girls worldwide instead of giving the former POTUS gifts.

Barack's 60th birthday party was a night of fun as he danced all night. His guests shared several glimpses of the night, showing the amazing food and other scenery. John Legend and Alicia Keys also sang Happy Birthday song to the celebrant.


Michelle paid tribute to her husband on August 4 by sharing a picture of them posing with their daughters, Malia, 23, and Sasha, 20. In the post's caption, she wrote:

"Of all of your accomplishments, I know that being a present, loving father to our girls tops them all."


Michelle also thanked her husband for not allowing the weight of the world to get in his way of being a wonderful husband to her and father to their daughters. The former FLOTUS shared sweet before-and-after pictures of her husband.

One of the photos showed his August 2008 Ebony cover, while the second showed a recent picture of the former president. Michelle gushed that Barack is still turning her head after all these years and expressed love for him in the caption.

There were other tributes to Barack from many others, including US President Joe Biden, who said he is proud to call the celebrant a brother and a friend. He also expressed gratitude for Barack's selfless service to America.