The economy sucks. Some 92 million Americans are not working and not looking for work. 10.4 million are unemployed, but looking for work. But Obama throws a lavish birthday party for his wife:
It's well-known Beyonce and Jay Z are close friends with the Obamas, so it was no surprise that the pop diva was entertainment of choice for the first lady's star-studded 50th birthday bash Saturday night.
'I gotta tell you, it was literally a house party. It was a house party that happened to be in the White House,' Al Roker said during a phone interview with The Today Show this morning.
The morning show weatherman was just one of the famous faces in the crowd, which included a host of celebrity Obama supporters like actress Ashley Judd, Disney CEO Bob Iger, designer Donna Karen, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
... 'While Beyonce was performing, Paul McCartney was kind of talking or grooving with Stevie Wonder.
... For Michelle Obama's epic all-night celebration, Beyonce performed hits including 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)' and 'To the Left' while Stevie Wonder reportedly gave a more impromptu performance with songs like 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours' and 'Do I Do.'
Ledisi, one of Mrs Obama's favorite singers, also sang at the event and DJ Cassidy took over when the live talent were off the stage.
Pop star John Legend was given the honor of singing Happy Birthday, but perhaps the highlight of the night, in some guests' opinions, was President Barack Obama doing the 'Dougie' on the dancefloor.
... 'Amazing. Incredible party,' political analyst Donna Brazile told CNN Sunday morning of the festivities, which took up the entire State Floor of the White House – including the gilded East Room, the formal parlors, and the ornate State Dining Room.
... The bash was attended by actor Samuel L. Jackson, singer Smokey Robinson and basketball legend Magic Johnson.
Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson was also on hand as well as former Beatle Paul McCartney, former Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan and folk singing legend James Taylor.
Singer Janelle Monae, actor Kal Penn, tennis great Billie Jean King, and the Reverend Al Sharpton were among the better-known guests.
Business tycoons like Eric Schmidt of Google, American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, Carlyle Group founder David Rubenstein and Blackstone Group COO Tony James were also in the mix.Of course, this isn't the first time the President has enjoyed lavish parties while ordinary Americans suffered.
... Political guests included former President and former Secretary of State Bill and Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, national security adviser Susan Rice, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.