Hanna Hankins, a spokesperson for former President Barack Obama, has relayed to critics, pundits, and congresspeople that he will now change the theme behind his 60th birthday bash. 

Due to COVID-19 variant concerns, Obama’s oceanfront estate bash in Martha’s Vineyard will now just be “family and close friends,” which should satiate the ire of conservatives and those on social media with ready-to-fire “Twitter fingers.”

“If you or I did that it would be called a super-spreader event by the Democrats,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik, chair of the House Republican Conference, elaborating her outrage at the report of upwards to 700 people originally expected to attend the party. “We all know if this was President Trump, the left would be screaming, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) told the New York Post, echoing a similar sentiment.

But as the saying goes: “Haters gon’ hate.”

“This outdoor event was planned months ago in accordance with all public health guidelines and COVID safeguards in place,” Hankins said in a statement to the Washington Post. “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. President Obama is appreciative of others sending their birthday wishes from afar and looks forward to seeing people soon.”

Among those alleged to have been on the guest list were Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and George Clooney, but with the former two-term POTUS carving that down, it’ll be interesting to see who comes out for the party. 

One thing's for certain, anyone there will have quite the view and experience while celebrating Barry’s 60th born-day. Formerly owned by Boston Celtics owner Wycliffe Grousbeck and his ex-wife Corrine Grousbeck, the two-story home is a 6,900-square-foot house with seven bedrooms, eight-and-a-half bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, a stone fireplace, a chef’s kitchen, and a formal dining room with a wall of windows so all those haters can see them enjoying themselves lavishly.

And as early reports state, attendees were required to provide a negative COVID-19 test.

If you want to join in on the festivities, please read our ’Happy Birthday Obama’ posts by Joicelyn Dingle and yours truly, Kevin L. Clark.