Former President Barack Obama has had to scale back the mega-birthday bash he planned for himself this weekend on Martha's Vineyard. He might have gotten away with it had his own Democrat hysteria squad and the media not made such an issue out of the COVID-19 outbreak just across the drink in Provincetown.

Obama invited hundreds of his closest pals from Hollywood and other scary places to celebrate his 60th birthday with him at the family's $13 million summer cottage on the island. Oprah, Stevie Wonder, and a host of other A-listers were said to be ready to hop on board the fast ferry out of New Bedford (just kidding) to attend the shindig. Too bad he had to scale it back to just a few close friends and family members.

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Our new neighbors to the south apparently thought they are immune to the virus or that staging a super-spreader fiesta was okay for the too-cool-for-school former Commander in Chief. For eight years, the Obama's lectured the American people from their bully pulpit. They should know better than this.

The rest of us look on in amazement as our loved ones were deprived of birthday and graduation parties, and wedding ceremonies, wakes, and funerals were banned. But certain rules apply to certain people.

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Remember when Nancy Pelosi and Lori Lightfoot got their haircut while a stylist in Texas was thrown in jail for daring to earn money to feed her kids? How about the gym owners who had their utilities turned off and the churches made to shutter their doors? Remember when Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito attended a graduation party for her nephew after telling you to stay home? Yeah.

Hey Barack and Michelle, I hope you have a great time on Saturday. Don't waste your time thinking about the rest of us peons because we surely won't be thinking about you.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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President Obama has scaled back his 60th birthday bash. If you didn't make the cut for Barack and Michelle's invite list, here are 25 stunning photos of both the interior and exterior of their 7,000-square foot mansion.