10
Jan

Michelle Obama’s 50th is Around the Corner!

The Daily Mail UK reports, “Michelle Obama’s ensuing 50th birthday party  has already wreaked havoc for Hawaiian locals as security checkpoints have  created traffic around Oprah Winfrey’s home.

The Queen of Talk is hosting the seminal  birthday celebration for the First Lady, who stayed on in the Maui after  President Obama and the girls returned to Washington following their Christmas  vacation.

Mrs Obama’s birthday is on the 17th and the  dance-heavy party will be held at Winfrey’s mansion on the 18th, but that hasn’t  stopped problems from arising already.

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(Ready to celebrate: Mrs Obama stayed behind in Hawaii (seen here on Christmas)  after her family returned to Washington in order to celebrate her 50th birthday  with friends at a blowout party hosted by Oprah Winfrey)

Local shopkeepers have complained that the  security roadblocks have stopped both customers and employees alike from getting  to their stores.

An unidentified worker at Grandma’s Maui  Coffee told TMZ that their colleagues have been running  late to work while the owner of Goble’s Flower Farm lamented that some customers  couldn’t come inside because of the roadblocks.

For their part, the White House has made very  few comments about the trip aside from saying that the time away from the White  House and her children- while she does obviously love them- was a present from  her husband.

The party invitation made it clear that the  First Lady isn’t ditching all of her priorities as the healthy-living advocate  will be serving little food and a lot of tunes at the shindig.

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(Hideaway: Mrs Obama will spend her extra time as a guest of Oprah Winfrey at her  mansion in Maui)

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(Talk TV legend Oprah Winfrey will host the first lady for an unspecified number  of days in her giant mansion on Maui, where the neighborhood has already become  a chaotic mishmash of SWAT teams and security sweeps)

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(Desperate for business: An unidentified worker at Grandma’s Maui Coffee told TMZ  that their colleagues have been running late to work due to security checkpoints)

The event was described on the invite as  having ‘Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert’, according to The Chicago Tribune.

The guest list has been kept under  lock-and-key, but one talking head-turned-Obama friend couldn’t keep quiet as  Democratic strategist Donna Brazile told the paper that she was looking forward  to the blowout and expects it to be as fun as the 2013 inauguration after party. 

‘We cleared the tables and we all just  started dancing. We danced the night away. That’s Michelle. She’s spontaneous,  she’s energetic, she gets the moment and appreciates every second she is  surrounded with friends and family,’ Ms Brazile said.

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(‘Sacred space’: Oprah spent Christmas in Maui alongside her partner Stedman  Graham (right), friend Gayle King (center left) and King’s son William (left))

The party is being held at Winfrey’s home  which she previously described as her ‘sacred space’.

Winfrey spent Christmas at the 11-room,  17-acre home and posted a picture of herself, longtime partner Stedman Graham,  best friend Gayle King and King’s son William on a hike that was topped off by a  rainbow on December 27.

‘Every evening we sit on the front porch and  watch the greatest light show on earth: the sun dipping below the horizon,’  Winfrey wrote about the home in Huffington Post Hawaii.

‘Neighbors drop by. We sip drinks inspired by  whatever is fresh and delicious– mango, guava, pineapple, cucumber, basil. We  chat, laugh and rate he sunsets according to their magnificence.'”

 

Wow- sounds like it’s going to be amazing! But what four words threw etiquette experts for a loop? Eat before you come!

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