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World Valerie Jarrett seeks donations for Obama Presidential Center amid birthday bash controversy

07:57  04 august  2021
07:57  04 august  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its mask guidance, stating that even vaccinated Americans should be masking up in areas with rising cases. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where Obama ’s 60th will be held, is not directly in what the CDC recognizes as a high-risk area (it’s classed as ‘moderate’ risk), but nearby Provincetown has seen an uptick in cases and became the center of a study that was reportedly behind the CDC’s recent reversal on masks.

Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama purchased the .75 million mansion in 2019, which is located in the Edgartown section of the island. The birthday bash comes as Massachusetts recommends some vaccinated individuals wear face masks in public in response to threats of the delta variant. Valerie Jarrett seeks donations for Obama Presidential Center amid birthday bash controversy .

Valerie Jarrett, the former senior adviser to President Obama, faced mockery online Tuesday after appealing to her Twitter followers to cut a $6 or $60 check for the Obama Presidential Center in honor of the 44th president's birthday.

"My dear friend @BarackObama is turning 60 tomorrow," she posted. "For his birthday gift, I’m asking you to chip in $6 or $60 to help us bring the Obama Presidential Center to life in Chicago."

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A similar tweet would often go unnoticed, especially since Jarrett is the president of the Obama Foundation. But given that the former president is reportedly planning a birthday party critics say would make Jay Gatsby blush – 475 guests, 200 staffers all squeezed together on his $11.75 million estate sprawling over 29 idyllic acres of Martha's Vineyard -- the tweet was seen by some as tone-deaf.

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Chicagoan Valerie Jarrett is president of the foundation building the center and was formerly Senior Advisor to President Obama . Celebrate Obama ’s upcoming birthday by sending cash, she tweeted Tuesday Meanwhile, plans are proceeding for Obama ’s lavish party to be held on his million, 30-acre waterfront estate on Martha’s Vineyard. The bash reportedly will have 475 guests and be served by a staff of 200. Folks like George Clooney, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are expected.

The former president has drawn criticism for the party for which guests must reportedly be fully vaccinated and prove their negative COVID-19 status.

"IDK what’s more craven here, Obama’s staggering post-presidential net worth or the fact Valerie Jarrett is making a fundraising appeal for her "dear friend" when she’s actually the current president of the Obama Foundation," Zoe Samudzi, a writer, tweeted.

The sheer size of the birthday bash has been scrutinized because COVID-19 infections are on the rise in the U.S. due to the Delta variant, and many Americans are struggling to make ends meet.

Obama has pushed to build the center in Jackson Park in Chicago’s South Side. The Associated Press reported that construction for the $500 million project has been delayed because of a federal review needed in the historic parkland. The center has already received over $1 million in donations from Boeing, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft Corporation.

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Former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was grilled on the Steele Dossier and the FBI spying on the Trump campaign live on TV, but tried to dodge the topic altogether, earning comparisons to Hillary Clinton from conservatives. But Bartiromo continued trying to get clear answers on the dossier, which kicked off the ‘Russiagate’ investigation and was used to spy on Trump campaign member Carter Page. She asked the Obama adviser to respond to reports that the document was not based on firsthand knowledge and could have been politically motivated to target officials like Michael Flynn.

Former President Barack Obama will reportedly have nearly 700 people at his celeb-packed 60th birthday bash in Martha's Vineyard -- even as officials warn of the dangers of large gatherings during the ongoing pandemic. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) told The Post there’s a double standard for Democrats like Obama and that high-profile Republicans would be shamed for throwing the same kind of event. “Just like President Obama , every American should have the right to celebrate their milestones without arbitrary government mandates and interference.

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The Obama Foundation did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

Jarrett and Obama have said that the center is intended to bring jobs and revitalize the area. They face some legal challenges but hope to get the project started in the fall.

Axios reported that the birthday bash "will be held outdoors, all guests are asked to be vaccinated and invitees have been told there will be a COVID-coordinator to ensure all proper protocols are followed."

Additionally, instead of giving Obama gifts, "guests are being asked to consider giving to programs that work to support boys and young men of color and their families here at home in the United States, empower adolescent girls around the world, and equip the next generation of emerging community leaders."

Fox News' Julius Young and the Associated Press contributed to this report

Stephen Colbert cut from Obama's party guest list .
Stephen Colbert was cut from the guest list at Barack Obama's 60th birthday after the bash was scaled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The former US President celebrated his milestone age with a lavish bash at his 29-acre Martha’s Vineyard estate over the weekend but he was forced to cut the guest list from 500 to 200 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and chat show host Colbert was one of the casualties.

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