the farewell party


President Obama is throwing a star-studded farewell party

  • Obama has gathered together some of the biggest names in entertainment for one final farewell party for friends and major donors on Friday. 
  • Attending are names Trump’s team would likely be absolutely drooling to have appear at the inauguration to herald the birth of Trumpocracy:
  • Stevie Wonder, Usher and Oprah Winfrey, as well as Beyoncé and Jay Z, who are both said to be performing. Read more

The first time I ever listened to Taylor Swift I would have never known how much of an impact she would have had on my life and I’m so thankful for every moment.


Max’s farewell party was perfect in every way, which is no more than what Max Bergman and Masi Oka deserve. But what made that last scene even more special was the honesty and sincerity behind every word that was being said. It wasn’t just acting. The emotions were real and that made things even more beautiful.

Max has come a long way. He has changed a lot; became more open and more social. But from day one, he was a great friend. He will be missed. Aloha, Max!
President Obama's Farewell Party Draws Dozens of Celebrities to White House
John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Meryl Streep and George Clooney were among the guests

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a farewell party on Friday night, and celebrities flocked to the White House.

Attendees included Solange Knowles, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Jerry Seinfeld, Nick Jonas, Jordin Sparks, Usher, Kelly Rowland, La La Anthony, Jay Pharoah and Chance the Rapper, according to celebrity posts on social media.

“The sound check of life,” Knowles captioned a photo that showed her performing at the event. “Was truly the ultimate, ultimate honor. Can’t even put into words. Really. We will miss your excellence, your grace, and the phenomenal legacy you have let us all share.”

The A-list affair stood in contrast to the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, who has struggled to find entertainers willing to perform at the event.

Meryl Streep, Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, George and Amal Clooney, Stevie Wonder, Robert De Niro, George Lucas, Lena Dunham, David Letterman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Rock, Tyler Perry, Jason Sudeikis, Jon Hamm and Tracy Ellis Ross were also spotted arriving, according to CNN reporter Betsy Klein.

Vogue editor Anna Wintour—who, on the same day, met with Trump during his visit to Condé Nast—and chef José Andrés, who is in the middle of a legal dispute with Trump, also attended.


I felt the angst all night at work knowing the Tower of Terror was in its last operating day, with the standby line hovering pretty consistently at about 3 hours throughout. As I was leaving for the night I found out that the closing Tower crew was staying hours after park closing for a cast farewell party with photo ops, rides, and merch still available.

Definitely a sad night taking my last ride on this great attraction.

I don’t actually know any of the Tower bellhops in the group pic but it’s a fantastic costume and I was literally like “not to objectify you guys but can you come be living props in our photo” and they were good sports.
George Clooney, Paul McCartney, Meryl Streep Among Stars at Obamas’ Farewell Bash
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.
By Ted Johnson

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.

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.

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.

The party went on until 4 a.m., with chicken and waffles served to the early morning attendees.

Rajigaze Jan 6

Ruki (reading mail): “Aoi-san, Ruki-san, good evening. I’m writing to you about why I don’t like New Year’s parties and stuff like that.” Man they’re gettin right to it

(Aoi giggles)

Ruki: “I’m currently the lowest in my company, so I have to make all the arrangements for these parties. Just when the year-end party has finally passed, you have the New Year party coming up, and then there’s farewell parties, and welcome parties…I’m so sick of it. Have you guys ever had the unpleasant experience of having to organize events for your senpais or staff?”

Aoi: Okay okay okay…you know…I’m pretty good at [planning parties].

Ruki: Oh–! …I see!

Aoi: Yes. Getting the place ready and stuff…

Ruki: Ahh I’m jealous.

(Aoi giggles)

Ruki: Like when you’re taking your kouhai’s or whatever out…

Aoi: Well I don’t make that much of an effort for my kouhais, but if it’s my senpais…

Ruki: Oh yeah yeah okay…nice!

Aoi: Yes yes yes…I even got the whole afterparty planned

Ruki: WOW!!!

Aoi: Yeah like I call them a cab and stuff

Ruki: REALLY!!??

Aoi: Yeah

Ruki: Damn…

Aoi: Obviously

Ruki: You should be a broker HUHUHUHU

Aoi: Yeah I’m really good at it.

Ruki: I can’t [plan] for shit.

Aoi: Oh really?

Ruki: Yeah, seriously…I…I’m definitely the type to want someone else to plan it for me.

(Aoi giggles)

Ruki: I just don’t know how – really, I don’t mean to be inconsiderate, but…I guess it doesn’t help that I don’t drink…I just don’t know what makes a good [drinking event].

Aoi: Ahh….I thought it was a given tbh

Ruki: What?

Aoi: That the kouhai plans the events, and tends [to the senpais]

Ruki: Ohhh, well yeah, I guess you’re right.

Aoi: But the kids these days don’t do any of that!

Ruki: Ahhhh…

Aoi: They drink with us like they’re on the same level

Ruki: Oh like they don’t pour your drink?

Aoi: Yeah – no like, I’ll go out to get a taxi, and they come out of the place at the same time as the senpais (*idk anything about senpai/kouhai rules tbh but I guess this is bad)

Ruki: Really!?

Aoi: If they pull that shit I cut them off

Ruki: I wonder if they’re listening to this

Ruki and Aoi at exact same time: HUHUHUHU

Ruki: But yeah, I mean, stuff like that does happen…and I mean it’s weird for the senpai to be tending to their kouhais…

(they bitch a bit more about shit like why am i the one offering you a drink and then go to a song request smh)

“I wish I wouldn’t see him there.” You told your sister. “Well, wish me luck.”

“If anything, if it doesn’t turn out good, just call me, okay?” Your sister said before unlocking the door of her car. You gave her a faint smile.

You were greeted by some of your best friend’s guests at her party. Aja, your best friend, was first hesitant if she should invite you to her farewell party. She received an acceptance letter from one of the most prestigious university in New York City. And you completely understand that. When your now ex-boyfriend, is, after all, her cousin. But you shook that thought off, and told her you wouldn’t dare miss her best friend’s farewell party just because of Calum.

Aja was surrounded by her aunts and uncles, wishing her good luck and giving her some advices. You couldn’t squeeze yourself at the table so you decided to go up to their rooftop.

But before you could take another step, you saw him sitting on the stairs, looking gloomy, with a cup of beer on his hand.

He looked up.

Did he know you were at the party? Did he wanted to avoid you as much as you wanted to avoid him? Funny how this turned out to be: two people avoiding each other but ended up seeing each other anyway.


“Calum….” You don’t know what to do. Should you just stand there? Should you just walk past him? Should you say hi and then go back?

“Hi.” He said. “I was just… uh..” He couldn’t continue what he was saying.

“Oh, uh, I thought that there’s no one here so, uh…” You couldn’t finish your sentence either.

The scar from the breakup was still fresh from your heart. You still love him - no matter how much you deny it, he’s still in your heart.

“I’m sorry.” He said. “Sorry for hurting you so bad. I’m sorry…. for… falling out… of love.. It’s not your fault… I’m the one to blame.”

You still couldn’t understand why. Why did he fall out of love? Why weren’t you enough? You two were dubbed as the ‘perfect couple.’ But ended up in separate ways.

He placed the cup on the stairs and stood up.

He hugged you. “I’m sorry.”

You held your tears. Why was he being this way? Is he doing this in purpose? You broke off the hug and pushed him away. “Cal-”

“I’m so sorry.” You looked at him, teary eyed. “I’m really sorry. I guess I really don’t deserve you. I’m so sorry.”

“Cal… are you… are you alright?” You seemed alarmed. Calum was being out of himself.

“When I saw you arrive a few hours ago, I said to myself 'damn, I let that precious jewel go?’” He sighed. “The truth is, I want you back.”

“Calum…..” the truth was, you also wanted him back. “ I don’t know if…”

“Please, let me prove myself.”

Even though your brain was saying no, you listened to your heart. “Just.. one more chance for you, Calum.”

Who knows, maybe that’s what you two needed the most.

  • Ryder: What are you doing?
  • Friend: Taking your picture.
  • Ryder: Why?
  • Friend: Because when I’m old and wrinkled, I'll look at it and think "I bet that bastard didn't age a day yet".
  • Ryder: *laughs*
  • Friend: It’s weird, you know. It’s not like I can write you or call. You'll be out of my life forever.
  • Ryder: Stop being so maudlin. It's my farewell party, not a wake.
  • Friend: But how I would survive without my best wingman?
  • Ryder: Oh, I'm sure you'll manage. Less competition for you, anyway. I wish you could come with, though, it would've been fun.
  • Friend: Yeah, me too. But doctor orders...
  • Ryder: Wait, what? You applied?
  • Friend: Sure. Like I'd let you have all the fun by yourself if I could help it.
  • Ryder: So, what about the doctor, it’s nothing serious, right?
  • Friend: Nah, don’t worry about me. Just less likely to live through 600 years of stasis. Their requirements are pretty high.
  • Ryder: I can’t believe you hadn’t told me you were applying in the first place.
  • Friend: Thought I’d surprise you with a good news, but... Oh, well. Where’s you better half, anyway? I wanted to say goodbye...
  • Ryder: Keep you hands off my sister, she’ll kick your ass. And she's probably still packing. I have no idea how she’s managed to get so much stuff with us moving around all the time.

Nico should’ve expected Nozomi to find her, given Nico’s amazing nonexistent track record of successfully avoiding her. She sighs through her teeth and looks away, arms folded. Snubbull whines and clutches Nico’s leg when she spots Nozomi approaching.

Running away would just be redundant, so she stays put.

“You’re leaving,” Nozomi says, taking the empty seat beside Nico. “Without telling anyone.”

Nico taps her foot against the ground impatiently. The ship isn’t due to leave for another twenty minutes. “Yeah, well, who wouldn’t have seen it coming? I’ve been talking about this for a while. It was gonna happen eventually.”

Nozomi smiles down at Nico’s Snubbull and reaches down to scratch behind her ear. “You didn’t even want a farewell party?”

No, she didn’t, because she isn’t sure if she would’ve been able to bite the bullet and buy that ferry ticket if she had to stay goodbye to everyone. Nico grounds her knuckles against her knees and says nothing, angry at herself and angry at Nozomi. She notes that Eli isn’t with her.

“Why isn’t anyone else sick of being stuck here?!” Nico finally says, stomping both feet on the ground. “No one’s gonna get anywhere in this crusty old place. But I’m not like the rest of you— I’m gonna be a star, and the rest of the world’s gonna know my name!”

Nozomi patiently hums, still scratching Snubbull. She knows Nico is wrong; they’ve all got things to do, even if their jobs don’t fit Nico’s visions of glamour and fame. But she also knows that Nico isn’t fit for this kind of humble life, and keeping her here is only going to leave her with a life of regrets. There’s no such thing as being a Contest Coordinator in Alola.

“Well? Isn’t this the part where you beg Nico to stay, because you’ll miss her sooo muuuch? I get it, totally, I’d be shedding tears if I were you,” Nico dramatically sighs, her theatrics blatantly overdone. “But there’s just no stopping me. I’ve already made up my mind.”

“That’s fine.” Her smile widens. “Because I’m coming with you.”

“Wait, what.”

“Sinnoh, right? It sounds fun.” She’s always wanted to see a Spiritomb in person anyway, so. “I couldn’t let our precious Nicocchi leave all by herself and have a clear conscience. You’d get lonely, I bet.”

“You’re so annoying,” Nico growls, but her hands are trembling oh so slightly. She isn’t denying it, either. “Fine! Whatever. You can come with me. I guess you can be the first member of my entourage.”

To her embarrassment, Snubbull enthusiastically barks and clings tight to Nozomi’s hand. Nico fumbles for her Pokeball to call her back, but changes her mind at the last second.

“I’ll be cheering for you at your first contest,” Nozomi says.

Nico huffs. “Good! You better. Hurry up and go buy your ticket, already.”