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