GOP Senator Says Obama Can’t Even Have A Small Party, Must Cancel (Here’s What He Said Last Year)
The news of former President Barack Obama’s birthday party set off a series of reactions, with Republicans and Democrats alike saying that the precautions — requiring all guests and attendants to be vaccinated, have a negative COVID-19 test, and still maintain social distancing protocols — were not enough. Now the big event has been canceled, but some aren’t satisfied.
Senator John Kennedy appeared on Fox News to express his opinion that the former president shouldn’t hold a birthday party with hundreds of guests. When he was informed that in fact, that party has been canceled and Obama intends to spend the day with family and a few close friends, Kennedy declared that even that was too much.
Sen. John Kennedy claims Obama scaling back his birthday party isn't good enough — he needs to cancel it altogether (because, reasons, or something) pic.twitter.com/kjvjFgsv6p
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 4, 2021
He says Obama is “undermin[ing] our efforts to make the American people understand.”
“I’ve never seen something so irresponsible. He knows better. He needs to cancel it and have a beer and a personal pan pizza with his wife.”
It marks a significant change of viewpoint from a year ago, when Kennedy told Fox‘s Tucker Carlson that even though reopening nonessential businesses would cause a resurgence in cases, it was necessary to do so.
Sen Kennedy: "We've gotta reopen, and when we do the coronavirus is gonna spread faster" pic.twitter.com/v3KsK0XPEw
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) April 16, 2020
According to Washington Post, the big birthday party was planned months ago, when cases were beginning to fall, restrictions were beginning to be lifted, and the vaccination program was on track, and despite all that, the Obamas still planned it as an outdoor event with a long list of precautions. They made the decision to cancel and only see a few friends and family members due to the new rise in spread of the Delta variant.