Barack Obama has scaled back plans for a big 60th birthday party, which was originally planned to host upwards of hundreds of people.
“The outdoor event was planned months ago in accordance with all public guidelines and Covid safeguards in place,” a spokesperson for the former President said.
“Due to the new spread of the Delta variant over the past week, the president and Mrs. Obama have decided to significantly scale back the event to include only family and close friends.”
The plans for the large party drew criticism from politicians, mainly Republicans, who believed hosting such a party would be in bad faith due to the pandemic.
The celebration was due to take place this Saturday, with hundreds on the guest list, reportedly including celebrities such as George Clooney, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.
However, as a result of the backlash, the party has been greatly scaled back, hosting only family and close friends.