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Obamas hosted 'private' Prince concert at White House

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama family paid for the event "on their own dime."

By Kate Stanton
Prince and Stevie Wonder performed a "private" gig at the White House. File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Prince and Stevie Wonder performed a "private" gig at the White House. File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- The White House has confirmed social media reports that the Obama family hosted a private party at the residence on Saturday, where Prince and Stevie Wonder performed for several hundred guests.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday that Barack and Michelle Obama hosted the event with their own money but would not reveal more details about the guest list or performers.

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According to the New York Post, some of the Obama family's 500 guests included Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, singer Ciara, director Tyler Perry, actress Connie Britton and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Several attendees documented the evening on social media.

"Leaving the White House party w/POTUS and FLOTUS," tweeted Rev. Al Sharpton. "Awesome to see Prince and Stevie Wonder on keyboards together. Unbelievable experience."

"Dancing at The @WhiteHouse to Prince & Stevie Wonder w/ my lady @Ciara," Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson captioned an Instagram photo.

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News of the shindig surprised reporters, who asked why the event was not included on the president's Saturday schedule.

Earnest said the first family "reserve the right to host private parties at the White House."

"They did it on their own dime," he added.

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