Obama scales back birthday celebration in Martha’s Vineyard as COVID cases rise

In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Democratic candidates in Miami. Nearly eight years after he was last on the ballot, Obama is emerging as a central figure in the 2020 presidential election. Democrats are eagerly embracing Obama as a political wingman for Joe Biden, who spent two terms by his side as vice president. Obama remains the party’s most popular figure, particularly with black voters and younger Democrats. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, MASS (WLNE) – Former President Barack Obama has “significantly scaled back” his 60th birthday celebration on Martha’s Vineyard this weekend as coronavirus cases rebound, said the New York Times.

Many celebrities, Democratic donors, and former Obama administration officials had planned on attending the event on Saturday.

According to New York Times, a spokesperson for the event says it will now only be open to family and close friends.

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