There was a private White House party last night in honor of President Obama’s 50th birthday. Here’s how Politico described the event.
[Shortly after 5 p.m.], the party started with dinner in the Rose Garden, accompanied by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Then the First Lady and his daughters presented POTUS with a cake, and everyone moved into the East Room for performances that included R&B singer Ledisi, and Herbie Hancock. Stevie Wonder came up at the end and sang a medley ending in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” DJ Cassidy played Motown, hip hop, and ’70s and ’80s R&B.
Folks from the cabinet were there (Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Tim Geithner), as were members of Congress (Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz), Obama’s team (Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Valerie Jarrett), the private sector (UBS Investment Bank President Robert Wolf), and the entertainment industry (Jay-Z, Chris Rock, Charles Barkley, Tom Hanks). That’s by no means a comprehensive list, but these are some of the notable names in attendance.
And here’s how Fox Nation told its audience about the event.
No, this isn’t a parody. It’s actually what Fox said: “Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs.”
The racial angle to something like this is hard to miss. As ThinkProgress joked, “Of course, nothing says hip hop like Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.”
Also, I’m fascinated by the claim that a birthday party “didn’t create jobs.” Maybe I should have run a post this morning that said, “John Boehner had breakfast this morning, didn’t create jobs.” Or maybe, “Eric Cantor watched some TV, didn’t create jobs.”
Would Fox prefer that the president cancel his birthday, put pen to paper, and write a stimulus bill Fox’s congressional allies can kill?
Even for the Republican news outlet, this is just farcical.