오바마 보도에 따르면 had about 200 of his closest friends gathered Saturday night at his sprawling Martha’s Vineyard estate to celebrate his 60th birthday. Photos and videos that were stealthily taken against the event’s photography ban showed Obama and others dancing without wearing face masks.
Guests later complained they were forced to delete the photos and videos from social media.
대표. 짐 조던, R- 오하이오, compared the party to past events that have been criticized by the media and Democrats as superspreaders, like anti-lockdown protests and church gatherings. He wrote that according to Democrats, COVID-19 spreads at those events but not at liberal parties or “San Francisco hair salons.”
Jordan was referring to House Speaker 낸시 펠로시, 누가 caught on video last year getting her hair done without a mask while salons in San Francisco remained closed, and California Gov. 개빈 뉴섬, who faced widespread criticism last November after he broke his own rules by mingling without a mask with California Medical Association officials at an upscale Napa restaurant.
“The blatant hypocrisy from Democrat leaders on COVID restrictions has been astounding,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel 트윗 일요일.
또 다른 트위터 월요일에, McDaniel blasted Obama and his guests, 속담, “Many of these same Democrats would support forcing your 4-year-old to wear masks in school. Unreal.”
Obama’s party had been scaled back from 500 people after he faced criticism for hosting it amid a nationwide uptick in COVID-19 cases due to the spread of the delta variant. The guest list was cut to just family and friends, all of whom were reportedly asked to provide a negative test result.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed its mask guidance last month, saying people should wear masks in indoor public spaces, even if they are fully vaccinated. It has also recommended universal masking in K-12 schools.
Obama’s party was outdoors in a large tent, but Democrats and media still faced criticism for defending the gathering or ignoring its potential dangers.
RNC Rapid Response Director Tommy Pigott sent out an email blast Monday to reporters and donors with the subject line: “Dance the masks away.”
“As Biden and the Democrats try to force mask mandates on vaccinated Americans and 3-year-olds in school, this weekend Barack Obama was dancing the night away with dozens of rich liberal celebrities at his birthday party in Martha’s Vineyard,” Pigott wrote. “And what does Biden have to say? 지금까지, 아무것도. 분명히, when Biden threatens more COVID restrictions and pushes mask mandates, he doesn’t mean for the liberal elite. What a hypocrite.”
New York Times White House correspondent Annie Karni sparked a firestorm on social media after she described Obama’s party as a “정교한, 예방 접종을 받은 군중” 그건 “following all the safety precautions.”
박사. 안토니 포시, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, had nothing to say about Obama’s party despite saying Sunday 그는 ~였다 “매우 우려” about the upcoming Sturgis Motortcycle Rally in South Dakota.
워싱턴, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser also drew criticism this month after she was spotted maskless during an indoor wedding reception less than 24 hours after her order reinstating the district’s indoor mask mandate went into effect.