Being disinvited to the party of the year.
I’m talking about the recent 60th birthday party bash that was recently held at Martha’s Vineyard for former President Barack Obama.
Originally, the guest list included 475 people, but then with the growing spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus, people were concerned with both the optics and the risk of having such a large gathering.
Hannah Hankins, a spokeswoman for the Obamas, issued the following statement:
“This outdoor event was planned months ago in accordance with all public health guidelines and with COVID safeguards in place,” she said in a statement. “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.”
So the decision was made to scale the party back to about 200 people.
Now I have no illusion that I am part of Obama’s inner circle, so I was fine with not getting an invite.
But can you imagine the thrill of being one of the original 475 people invited? I’m sure you would love that feeling of being part of an exclusive club of some pretty cool people.
But then just like that, it’s taken away from you. You didn’t make the cut. It’s a tough way to find out you’re still not quite there, you’re not a close friend.
And while I don’t have the full list of who did and didn’t make the final cut, I do have a few names:
Here are some of the people who made the final cut:
- Gayle King
- Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
- Steven Spielberg
- John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
- Erykah Badu
- Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union
- Don Cheadle
- Eddie Vedder
- Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Here are some of the original invitees who did not make the final cut (does Obama have a small grudge with comedians?):
- Larry David
- Stephen Colbert
- David Letterman
- Conan O’Brien
Then there are those on the original list whom I could not find out if they made the final cut:
- Bruce Springsteen (my guess is that he made the final cut)
- George Clooney (again, my guess is yes)
And finally, there are those who were invited but declined the invite because of COVID concerns. At least they did not have to go through the potentially devastating effect of being disinvited,
- Oprah Winfrey
- Ava DuVernay
But the best thing I read about the event comes courtesy of Larry David.
David, 74, told The New York Times that he got a call from Obama’s assistant ahead of the event and assumed he was being asked to perform, causing him to panic at the thought of having to come up with a stand-up routine in just three days.”I was pretty glum when I finally called back his assistant,” he told the outlet in an email. “When he told me I was eighty-sixed from the party, I was so relieved, I screamed, ‘Thank you! Thank you!’ He must have thought I was insane.” “Then I hung up the phone, poured myself a drink and finished my crossword puzzle,” the Curb Your Enthusiasm star added.
I hope the other uninvited guests were as gracious as Larry…
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