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Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Obamas help friend, Vernon Jordan, celebrate his 80th birthday

The White House issued the following pool report as the Obamas continue their vacation on Martha's Vineyard -- helping close friend, Vernon Jordan, celebrate his 80th birthday.

From the White House:

"Tonight, the First Family attended the 80th birthday celebration for Vernon Jordan, Jr. at the Farm Neck Golf Club. There were approximately 200 guests in attendance.

"The President and First Lady have known the Jordans for over twenty years, and were grateful to have sat with Ann and other guests this evening.

"Toasts were offered between courses. Ann Jordan offered the first toast, welcoming guests and honoring her husband. President Obama then toasted Vernon extolling his kindness and generosity.

The President told attendees that Vernon's wisdom and enthusiasm are rare qualities.

"Third and fourth toasts were offered by President Clinton and Vickee Jordan, respectively.

"Other guests tonight included Morgan Freeman, Brian Roberts, Henry Louis Gates, Ken Chenault, Valerie Jarrett, and Capricia Marshall. Tonight's menu included salad, surf and turf, and birthday cake."

The president, as you might have expected, has been playing several rounds of golf and has included the likes of Jordan, Bill Kirk and former president Bill Clinton.

Side bar.  Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter was found stabbed to death in New York Sunday morning.

Said Freeman, "her star will continue to shine in our hearts, thoughts and prayers."

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