NYT Reporter: Obama’s Party Is Low Coronavirus Risk for ‘Sophisticated, Vaccinated Crowd’

US President Barack Obama offers a toast to Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (L) and his wife Ho Ching during a state dinner at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
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New York Times reporter Annie Karni said over the weekend that former President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday bash was low risk for the “sophisticated, vaccinated crowd” in attendance.

“This has really been overblown,” Karni said about Obama’s large party during a pandemic. “They’re following all the safety precautions, people are going to sporting events that are bigger than this, this is going to be safe, this is a sophisticated, vaccinated crowd and this is just about optics it’s not about safety.”

It is unknown if Obama’s party mandated mask wearing or vaccination among the guests. Nevertheless, Obama and others were spotted at the party not wearing masks, while blue collar Americans are told to not have large events.

Karni’s statement immediately caused backlash for suggesting a “sophisticated” crowd is not under the same rules as apparently an unsophisticated American.

Celeb Howe tweeted, “a sophisticated, vaccinated crowd.”

“What happened to all the concerns about vaccinated people passing Delta to the unvaccinated?” Glenn Greenwald said.

“Of course viruses don’t attack sophisticated people, Muffy!” Harmeet K. Dhillon poked.

The Daily Mail reported Obama continued his birthday party into Sunday, holding a brunch in Martha’s Vineyard at a “seafront restaurant.”

“In a sky blue linen shirt and sunglasses, the birthday boy capped off a weekend packed with parties. He and his guests dined beneath a specially-erected marquee, set beside the water,” the report read.

Saturday’s photos from the party trended on Twitter as “Maskless Obama.”

Breitbart News reported “Beyonce, Jay-Z, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, and Bruce Springsteen were also among the A-listers on the guest list who reportedly showed up for Obama’s so-called ‘scaled back’ birthday bash.”

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