President Barack Obama attended a birthday celebration for Ann Jordan at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha’s Vinyard on Wednesday night where, as the official press briefing puts it, the Obamas “danced nearly every song” and “a good time was had by all.”
The president was slammed by his critics for attending the lavish party as unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, seemingly neared a boiling point as police and protesters clashed for the fourth night in a row following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Read the full press briefing via Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz:
Tonight, the President and First Lady attended the birthday celebration for Mrs. Ann Jordan at an event at the Farm Neck Golf Club. There were approximately 150 guests in attendance.
Among the attendees seated with the Jordans and the President and First Lady were former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarrett and her mother Mrs. Barbara Bowman, Ursula Burns, Kenneth Chenault and his wife Kathy, along with other friends and family of Mrs. Jordan. President Obama honored Mrs. Jordan with a toast before dinner, as did Mr. Jordan and Secretary Clinton and others.
The President and First Lady have known the Jordans for over twenty years, and were grateful to have been able to share this special evening with them.
The President and First Lady also were happy to have the chance to spend time with Secretary Clinton and former President Clinton.
A little color: in his toast for Mrs. Jordan, President quipped that he met Vernon and first, but liked Ann more. The menu consisted of surf and turf and pasta. The Obamas danced nearly every song. A good time was had by all.
DEEP… But REAL! RT @PhillyTheBoss: Bush flew over New Orleans post-Katrina… Obama dancing through Ferguson.
— ® (@RyanRstar) August 14, 2014
Im disgusted RT @PhillyTheBoss: Bush flew over New Orleans post-Katrina… Obama dancing through Ferguson.
— CURE (@CureHipHop) August 14, 2014
The optics of Pres. Obama partying in Martha's Vineyard during the #Ferguson fiasco are just plain terrible. Do literally anything else.
— Benjamin Eagles (@BenEagles) August 14, 2014
But "a good time was had by all" tonight, though http://t.co/E80WXu3eNt
— Paige Lavender (@paigelav) August 14, 2014
At around midnight, Schultz tweeted:
The President was briefed tonight by Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Attorney General Eric Holder on the situation in Ferguson.
— Eric Schultz (@Schultz44) August 14, 2014