(Washington) Despite planning to celebrate his 60th birthday by respecting all current health guidelines, former President Barack Obama has drawn criticism – mainly from the Republican camp – amid a resurgence of cases related to the Delta variant.
Posted on Aug 2, 2021 at 8:41 pm
Barack Obama’s party, born August 4th, must take place over the weekend on upscale Martha’s Vineyard, according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the United States’s premier health agency, according to anonymous sources published by the American press quoted.
All guests must be vaccinated and tested negative, the sources say. The event must take place outdoors and a “COVID-19 coordinator”, whose exact role has not been determined, will be present on the premises.
In addition, according to CDC data, Martha’s Vineyard in the state of Massachusetts only presented moderate transmission of the virus on Monday, which does not trigger the activation of the new recommendations of the health authorities, namely wearing the mask, even for vaccinated people indoors.
However, Republican-elect Jim Jordan, a supporter of Donald Trump, joked on Twitter, asserting that “if it was President Trump’s birthday party,” the Democrats would denounce a “dangerous, super-sprawling event” and conclude that that the organizers of such a rally “kill people”.
“Is there an exception for parties attended by wealthy liberal celebrities?” Asked the leader of the Republican Party, Ronna McDaniel.
“Will the Democrats demand that he (Obama) ask all of his guests to wear a mask?” Added Lance Gooden, another Republican elected.
“The former president, who supports vaccinations and respects the advice of public health experts, is sure to apply it to himself as well,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday, recalling the precautions taken.
Current President Joe Biden is not expected to attend.
Donald Trump’s administration made headlines several times after organizing unmasked events at the White House or in government departments or holding campaign rallies, sometimes at the height of the pandemic and before the outbreak.
In particular, a ceremony in honor of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, appointed by the Republican President to the Supreme Court, was suspected of having infected a dozen people, including Donald Trump himself.