Donald Trump is still having trouble securing entertainment for his inauguration. Even conservative celebrities don’t really want to be associated with Trump due to the negative press involved.
Trump himself insists that he doesn’t care whether celebrities attend his inauguration or not, but, despite what he says on Twitter, the lack of A-listers has got to bruise Trump’s ego.
‘The so-called “A” list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!’
The so-called "A" list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
As an added insult, President Obama’s final White House Party is shaping up to to be a star-studded event. The Washington Post reports that numerous celebrities will be attending the president’s goodbye party. The official list hasn’t been announced yet, but the Post is reporting that Hollywood stars such as Samuel L. Jackson, J.J. Abrams, and George Lucas will be attending. Oprah Winfrey, who recently interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama, is rumored to be attending the event, as are Usher and Stevie Wonder.
Those concerned over the price of the event will have little to worry about as the First Family normally covers the costs themselves rather than billing the taxpayers. Of course, the bad news is that we likely won’t see much of this event since. Due to security concerns, cellphones are usually confiscated so we won’t even get Facebook or Twitter updates.
The party will serve as the start of a goodbye tour for the president, who will give a farewell address in Chicago on January 10th.
For sake of comparison, Trump has currently booked the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Rockettes, and — possibly — the Beach Boys. Of course, not even those groups appear to be overly enthusiastic about the event. One member of the Choir resigned due to moral objections and even compared the president-elect to Hitler.
‘I only know I could never “throw roses to Hitler.” And I certainly could never sing for him. … My heart is shattered and broken but my conscience is clear. And THAT, really is all that matters.’
Let’s be honest, the fact that President Obama’s going away party is turning into a bigger event than Trump’s inauguration is likely infuriating the president-elect. Then again, given how often he railed against the media and Hollywood “elites,” maybe they just felt unwelcome at Trump’s inauguration.
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