Comedian Larry David said he was delighted to be dropped from the guest list at Barack Obama’s 60th birthday party over fears he would be asked to perform a live routine.
The Curb Your Enthusiasm star, 74, explained how he surprised the party organizer by reacting with pleasure to learning he had been removed from the guest list.
In Maureen Dowd’s latest column for The New York Times, the Seinfeld co-creator explained why he was so happy when Obama’s aide canceled his invitation to the party.
“I was rather sullen when I finally called his assistant”
“When he told me I was eighty-six from the party, I was so relieved that I shouted, ‘Thank you! Thank you!’ He must have thought I was crazy, ‘
“Then I hung up the phone, poured myself a drink, and finished my crossword puzzle,” Dowd said, quoting from him.
David, who was at his home on the island, went on to say that he thought he would be asked to perform a comedy at the party.
Fearing to prepare a routine just three days before the party, David said the news that he was no longer welcome at the party was music to his ears.
Obama’s birthday party, which featured famous guests such as John Legend, Jay-Z and Beyoncé and which was celebrated at the Obama’s $ 12 million precinct in Martha’s Vineyard, was originally scheduled to have a list of ‘guests of 600 people.
But amid backlashes that his party was a “super-broadcaster” event as the country saw an increase in cases of the Delta variant, Obama reduced his invitations.
Many would have been hurt by the decision and David was perhaps the only uninvited guest who responded not only relieved, but delighted to have been left out.
Comedian Larry Kennedy (pictured) told NYT columnist Maureen Dowd he was delighted he was not invited to President Obama’s controversial 60th birthday party
In his “Behold Barack Antoinette” column, Dowd criticized Obama for eliminating the people who helped him climb to the top of his lavish 60th birthday guest list in favor of the big stars.
Talk show hosts such as Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien and David Letterman, and former Obama advisers such as his chief campaign strategist David Axelrod and chief of staff Rahm Emanuel have been dropped from the final list . But Dowd focuses his criticism on Obama’s treatment of the latter group, saying he chose celebrities over the administrative staff and politicians who helped him become the 44th President of the United States. .
Dowd compares Obama to F Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby, saying that although the fictional character wanted to impress his sweetheart Daisy with a lavish celebration, Obama threw a party because “being cool is important to him.”
“One difference is that Gatsby has opened his house to uninvited people. Obama closed his house to many guests after being criticized for hosting a “celebrity mosh pit,” as Stephen Colbert called it, while officials told people to hide.
Dowd then condemned Obama’s passive nature throughout his presidency and his current fascination with the entertainment industry, citing the agreement between his production company and Netflix to work on several documents and films, his podcast with Bruce. Springsteen and the adaptation of the book.
David (pictured) told Dowd he’s worried he’ll be asked to play a comedy
Dreading to prepare a routine just three days before the party, the assistant’s call was sweet as honey to his ears
The former president has disinvited his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel and chief campaign strategist David Axelrod. Dowd says they were fundamental during his presidency and yet have been replaced in his party by prominent celebrities
She also called Obama “Barack Antoinette,” comparing his ostentatious, “nouveau riche” celebration to that of the infamous fallen queen of France.
Former staff members who have been uninvited would be extremely hurt to have seen VIP figures like John Legend and George Clooney celebrate with who was once their boss and close friend.
Dowd said the lavish display was also detrimental to the Democratic Party as a whole.
She explained, “The party crystallized the cartoon of the Democratic Party that Joe Biden had to fight against to get elected,
“It was as far away from Flint and Scranton as you can imagine: an orgy of the 1% – private jets, Martha’s Vineyard, limo liberals and fucking Hollywood. ”
Some guests joked about their removal from the guest list, with Caroline Kennedy telling The Times, “I would have gone out if I had been him. “
Dowd speculated that some of the jokes were deployed in an attempt to mask the hurt feelings of the guests.
According to a statement obtained by Fox, the Obamas have reduced the guest list to include “only family and close friends.”
“President Obama appreciates that others send birthday greetings from afar and looks forward to seeing people soon,” said Hannah Hankins, spokesperson for Obama.