George Clooney, Paul McCartney, Meryl Streep among stars at Obamas’ farewell bash

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LOS ANGELES ( – George and Amal Clooney, Paul McCartney, and Meryl Streep were among the celebrities who trekked to Washington, D.C., on Friday for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s farewell celebration at the White House.

They were among those spotted arriving at the White House for the late-evening event, along with Gloria Estefan, Magic Johnson, Anna Wintour, Bradley Cooper, Harvey Weinstein, Lorne Michaels, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kelly Rowland, Tracee Ellis Ross, David Letterman, Gloria Estefan, Tyler Perry, Robert De Niro, Jon Hamm, Ken Burns, Stevie Wonder, Al Roker, Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham. Photos of the arrivals were posted on social media by reporters, including CNN’s Betsy Klein, staked out near the White House entrance.

David Letterman

David Letterman, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama laugh after signing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the USO in honor of their 75th anniversary, during a comedy show organized by United Services Organizations (USO) for members of the military and their families, at Andrews Air Force Base, May 5, 2016, in Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The program is also being live streamed for active duty service members stationed at bases domestically and abroad.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

George Clooney

Academy awarding-winning actor George Clooney reacts to a question alongside Senator Barack Obama during a Washington news conference about his recent visit to the Darfur region of Sudan, April 27, 2006. Clooney and his father, journalist Nick Clooney, have just returned from a week-long trip to southern Sudan and eastern Chad where they met with dozens of individuals affected by the crisis and documented the brutal and worsening conflict in Sudan?s Darfur region.

(REUTERS/Jason Reed)

Meryl Streep

President Barack Obama presents the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Actress Meryl Streep as well as 18 others. 

(Photo by ImageCatcher News Service/Corbis via Getty Images)

Paul McCartney

US President Barack Obama presents Paul McCartney with the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the White House in Washington, DC on June 2, 2010. McCartney’s appearance was part of a two-day series of events marking the award issued by the Library of Congress.

(YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Gloria Estefan

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to singer Gloria Estefan as her husband Emilio Estefan , also a recipient, looks on at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 24, 2015.


Magic Johnson

Former NBA basketball star Magic Johnson attends U.S. President Barack Obama’s unveiling the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative at the White House in Washington February 27, 2014. The program aims to improve opportunities for boys from minority groups.

(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Anna Wintour

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour and Metropolitan Museum of Art President Emily K. Rafferty attend the Anna Wintour Costume Center Grand Opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. 

(Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)

Bradley Cooper

Actor Bradley Cooper attends the 30th annual American Cinematheque Awards gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Harvey Weinstein

Film producer and studio executive Harvey Weinstein laughs at remarks directed at him by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama as she hosts a workshop at the White House for high school students about careers in film in Washington November 8, 2013.

(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Lorne Michaels

President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Lorne Michaels, TV producer, writer, comedian, and actor, best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live.

(Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

John Legend

Singer John Legend attends a performance at the Kennedy Center September 23, 2016, Washington, DC. The ‘Taking the Stage; African American Music and Stories that Changed America’ performance celebrates the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

(Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

Chrissy Teigen

Model Chrissy Teigen arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 30, 2015.

(REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)

Steven Spielberg

U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to film director Steven Spielberg during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington November 24, 2015.

(REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

George Lucas

U.S. President Barack Obama awards the 2012 National Medal of Arts to film producer George Lucas during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington July 10, 2013.

(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Kelly Rowland

On Friday, January 6 in Washington D.C., USA , Kelly Rowland was one of the celebrity guests present for First Lady Michelle Obama’s final remarks as First Lady at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year event in the East Room of the White House.

(Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Tracee Ellis Ross

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross, of ABC’s “Black-ish,” arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 18, 2016.

(REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Robert De Niro

US President Barack Obama prepares to present actor Robert De Niro with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during a ceremony honoring 21 recipients, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 22, 2016.


Tyler Perry

Actor and director Tyler Perry hugs US President Barack Obama during a campaign event at Tyler Perry Studios March 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. President Obama is spending the day traveling to Chicago, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia to attend private and public campaign events.


Jon Hamm

Actor Jon Hamm poses at the 2016 amfAR Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles, California U.S., October 27, 2016.

(REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Stevie Wonder

Singer Stevie Wonder is greeted by U.S. President Barack Obama after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony in Washington, November 24, 2014. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

(REUTERS/Larry Downing)

Al Roker

Al Roker and his wife, Deborah Roberts arrive at the state dinner in honor of President of Finland and the Prime Ministers of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland at the White House in Washington on May 13, 2016.


Chris Rock

Comedian Chris Rock arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

(Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

Lena Dunham

First Lady Michelle Obama and Lena Dunham discuss Let Girls Learn at The American Magazine Media Conference at Grand Hyatt New York on February 2, 2016 in New York City.

(Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)

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Many of the Obamas’ friends who attended were donors and supporters throughout their White House years and two presidential campaigns.

The event was private, and in the past the Obamas have picked up the tab for such parties.

Although cell phones were not allowed in, some of the attendees posted messages on social media. Nick Jonas shared a photo of himself posing with Jonathan Tucker, his co-star in “Kingdom.” “Straight off the plane to the White House,” the message read.

Straight off the plane to the White House…

A photo posted by Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) on Jan 6, 2017 at 6:17pm PST

The party followed Michelle Obama’s final speech, which she delivered in the East Room earlier on Friday to commemorate the 2017 School Counselor of the Year. President Obama is scheduled to deliver a farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday.

The presence of so many celebrities may contrast to the turnout for Donald Trump’s inauguration. His team has been trying to line up talent to perform at his inauguration festivities later this month. Performers like Elton John and Garth Brooks have declined.

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