United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry was one of a long list of high-profile politicians and celebrities who attended former President Barack Obama’s swanky, mostly maskless 60th birthday bash at his Martha’s Vineyard estate.
According to the Daily Caller, early reports emerged that claimed Kerry, America’s climate change czar, hitched a ride to the island party on a private jet, although the reports were immediately denied by a spokesperson from the U.S. State Department.
What’s going on?
Kerry, and other climate change warriors, have faced scrutiny in the past for jet-setting around the country in private planes, which is far less economical and environmentally safe than other forms of transportation.
In an early report from the Daily Mail, it was noted that Kerry arrived at the party via private jet, and immediately social media backlash ensued.
However, in a later update from the State Department, a spokesperson firmly denied that Kerry utilized a private aircraft for transportation back to the party at Martha’s Vineyard, where he also resides.
“Secretary Kerry lives on Martha’s Vineyard, he did not travel there for a party. He took a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, he did not fly (commercial or private),” the State Department spokesperson said, according to reports.
A spokesperson for Kerry told Fox News: “Secretary Kerry travels commercially or via military air in his role as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.”
More controversy erupts
It wasn’t only reports of how Kerry arrived to the party that generated headlines, however. By far, the biggest takeaway from the star-studded event was a series of video clips and photos that clearly showed most of the guests at Obama’s bash, including the former president, not abiding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest mask guidance.
According to the Washington Examiner, famous singer-songwriter Erykah Badu had uploaded footage from the birthday party, showing Obama in the background dancing, unmasked, and embracing other unmasked guests. Not surprisingly, Badu later deleted the footage from her Twitter account.
Among the long list of celebrity guests, rapper Trap Beckham also uploaded a series of videos, but later admitted that because of “the rules,” he had to take the footage down from his account.
“It was epic for sure,” Beckham wrote. “If any videos surface, it’s going viral. He danced the whole time. Nobody ever seen Obama like this before.”
Obama’s 60th birthday party proved once again that for America’s Hollywood and political elite, the rules everyone else must follow simply do not seem to apply.