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Barack Obama Scales Back 60th Birthday Party Over COVID-19 Concerns

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Former US President Barack Obama turned 60 today and announced he was canceling his huge 60th birthday bash scheduled for Saturday due to the COVID-19 concerns. The former president has been planing the birthday bash for a while on Martha’s Vineyard with about 700 people expected in attendance.

David Axelrod, a former top Obama adviser, told the New York Times that guests were asked if they were vaccinated and to provide the results of a Covid-19 test close to the event but in the past two weeks, the White House and local governments have been adjusting Covid-19 guidance on masks and gatherings as cases of infections rise in every state. Guest like Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney were expected to gather this weekend at Barack Obama’s mansion on Martha’s Vineyard, an island in Massachusetts.

Due to the new spread of the Delta variant over the past week, the President and Mrs. Obama have decided to significantly scale back the event to include only family and close friends. “He’s appreciative of others sending their birthday wishes from afar and looks forward to seeing people soon.” Hannah Hankins, a spokeswoman for the former president, said in a statement Wednesday morning.
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