President Barack Obama and the First Lady are saying their final goodbyes with one final star-studded party.
Rapper Wale and songstress Kelly Rowland were among the first to post photos on social media as they arrived at the White House Friday night to bid the Obamas farewell.
Both Wale and Rowland made very colorful appearances as she rocked a bright yellow pantsuit and he turned heads in orange.
The pair posed with host and actor Terrence J, film producer Will Packer and TV personality La La Anthony before the doors opened at 8.30pm.
Singer Nick Jonas also showed off in a dark grey suit with a black turtle neck underneath.
And singer-songwriter Jordin Sparks gushed about bringing her father to the White House in a sweet Instagram post.
‘Getting to take my Dad to the White House…Priceless. Soooo excited! Cheers! *drops mic*,’ Sparks, 27, posted on social media with their selfie.
Jill Scott also posed for a photo as she made her way to the White House festivities.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Meryl Streep, Al Sharpton, Tyler Perry, Chris Rock, David Letterman, Tom Hanks, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were also in attendance.
Star Wars directors George Lucas and JJ Abrams arrived to the party as well.
But the Obamas also invited Beyonce and Jay Z, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Oprah Winfrey and Usher.
The party will no doubt be a sad moment for both the President and his wife as well as many of the guests, who have given their open contempt for Donald Trump, will not likely head back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for at least four years.
And those hoping for a glimpse of Obama getting down in the Oval Office are out of luck as cell phones will be strictly prohibited and checked at the door.
The Washington Post reported that other guests expected to attend include Bradley Cooper, Samuel L Jackson and Gayle King.
Chance the Rapper confirmed he would be in attendance when he tweeted Wednesday: ‘Bout to fly 21 hours to DC to bid farewell to the greatest president in US history. God bless you @POTUS.’
Obama and the First Lady have become incredibly close with the 23-year-old rapper, who hails from their hometown of Chicago.
The Obamas will likely foot the bill for the party themselves, before the President prepares to head to Chicago where on Tuesday he will deliver his farewell address after two terms in office.
It will not be just celebrities in attendance either, with major donors and close friends of the Obamas also on the invite list.
The group will then be clearing out of DC, and no doubt staying far away when Trump is inaugurated on January 20, an event that has failed to draw any of the big names Obama did during his two ceremonies.
In 2013, Obama was sworn into office at a ceremony that featured Beyonce performing The Star Spangled Banner and Kelly Clarkson singing My Country ‘Tis of Thee.
Trump will have the incredibly talented but much lesser known teenage singer Jackie Evancho performing at his inauguration, and she is the lone name of note confirmed for the event.
Among those expected to attend the final White House party, none has been more vocal about their disdain for Trump’s policies and rhetoric than Springsteen.
The New Jersey rocker appeared on an episode of WTF With Marc Maron that was released on Tuesday, and during the hour-long podcast he spoke about his fears and concerns about the future of the country during and after a Trump presidency.
‘I’ve felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now,’ Springsteen said of Trump and the administration he has been building over the past month.
‘It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Forget about where they are ideologically. Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?’
Springsteen later said that the policies Trump has been proposing are ‘lies that can’t occur’ and his rhetoric runs the risk of ruining the future of the country because he appeals to the ‘worst aspects’ of society such as ‘racism, bigotry, [and] intolerance.’
In October, Springsteen said Trump was ‘such a flagrant, toxic narcissist that he wants to take down the entire democratic system with him if he goes’ during an interview with Channel 4 News.
‘The words that he’s been using over the past several weeks really are an attack on the entire democratic process. I think it’s very dangerous.’
Springsteen then predicted that Trump would lose the election but still wreak havoc, saying: ‘He does have a lot of people’s ears, and I don’t think he’s going to go quietly, gently into the good night.
‘I think he’s going to make as big a mess as he can and I don’t know what that’s going to mean, but we’ll find out shortly.’
That same month he also labeled Trump a ‘moron’ who was pushing ‘white nationalism’ in an interview with Rolling Stone.
‘The republic is under siege by a moron, basically. The whole thing is tragic,’ said Springsteen.
‘Without overstating it, it’s a tragedy for our democracy. When you start talking about elections being rigged, you’re pushing people beyond democratic governance.
‘And it’s a very, very dangerous thing to do. Once you let those genies out of the bottle, they don’t go back in so easy, if they go back in at all.’
Earlier on Friday, First Lady Michelle delivered her final speech in the East Room, where she hosted 50 school counselors and several stars at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year event.
SOURCE: Daily Mail