The farewell party of the Obamas is going to be a star-studded affair as they have corralled some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.
However, there is a rocky road ahead for Obama’s successor, Donald Trump, who is struggling to land big names at his inauguration.
Although there is no official word from the White House yet, the guest list is rumored to include Usher, Samuel L. Jackson, Stevie Wonder, George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Oprah Winfrey and other stars. Bradley Cooper, Beyoncé and Jay Z are also expected to make an appearance.
Chance the Rapper confirmed his presence with this tweet:
Bout to fly 21 hours to DC to bid farewell to the greatest president in US history. God bless you @Potus— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) January 5, 2017
Cell phones will be confiscated at the White House security gate and social media crumbs will be few.
The celebrity guest list isn’t surprising since the Obamas have always been joined by big names of the entertainment industry at White House events. And while Obama is making it look so easy, Trump continues his sad search for A-listers to perform at his inauguration.
Thus far, the only “people” Trump’s team has secured to entertain the other “people” are 16-year-old opera singer Jackie Evancho and the Rockettes, several of who are unwilling to perform.
To clear all misunderstandings, Boris Epshteyn, senior adviser to Trump's 2016 campaign for president of the United States, acknowledged that he is still searching for boldfaced “people” who could validate Trump’s presidency in pop culture.
“We’ll absolutely be rolling more [celebrities] out. No question about it. We are excited about the other ones we’ll be rolling it,” said Epshteyn.
The president-elect took to Twitter himself to shed some light on the claims:
The so-called "A" list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
Trump shut down claims saying that he is the one refusing to let “them” participate.
Contrary to Trump’s claims, media reports have found that Trump’s inauguration team is so desperate to book high-profile talent that it is “willing to pay steep fees for the performers.”
However, Idina Menzel, actress, singer and songwriter, has a suggestion for the president-elect.
“Maybe he’ll just have to sing something himself. He probably thinks he has a great voice; he thinks he does everything great,” said Menzel.
And, of course, Twitter reacted:
Trump might have to cough up an ambassadorship to get that southern metal band with the dude who does chainsaw solos. #InaugurationWeekend— Jeremy Smith (@mrbeaks) December 22, 2016
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