Despite intending to celebrate his 60th birthday respecting health rules, former US President Barack Obama is the target of criticism from Republicans as the country faces an increase in the number of cases of the delta variant of the new coronavirus.
The party for Obama, born Aug. 4, will take place over the weekend on the exclusive island of Martha’s Vineyard, and will adhere to the standards of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading public health agency in the United States, according to anonymous sources cited by the local press.
Guests must have been vaccinated and test negative for Covid. The event will be outdoors and at various points there will be a “Covid coordinator”, whose role was not explained.
Martha’s Vineyard, which is in the state of Massachusetts, presented this Monday a moderate level of transmission of the virus, according to the CDC, which does not require new health recommendations.
Republican Congressman Jim Jordan quipped on Twitter that, “if it was President Trump’s birthday party,” they would denounce a “dangerous, super-spreading event” of the virus and conclude that party organizers “kill people.”
“Is there an exception for parties where wealthy liberal celebrities attend?” asked Republican Party leader Ronna McDaniel. “Will Democrats demand that Obama ask his guests to wear a mask?” asked Lance Gooden, another Republican congressman.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki commented on the party today. “The former president supports vaccination and certainly respects the advice of public health experts and applies them,” he said. Current US President Joe Biden is not expected to attend the event.
During the term of Republican Donald Trump, events with public without the requirement of a mask were held, in the White House or during electoral campaigns, at a time when the pandemic was more severe and vaccination had not yet started.
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