President Obama and Chris Rock (in photo from 2007)

*President Obama marked his 50th birthday with a major fundraising swing through Chicago, but it turns out that wasn’t his only celebration.

Thursday night, the president celebrated his actual birthday with a celebrity-studded party at the White House. The event, which wasn’t listed on the president’s daily schedule, featured a “surprise” performance by Stevie Wonder and an A-list guest list that included rapper Jay-Z, comedian Chris Rock, actors Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg and former NBA stars Grant Hill and Charles Barkley.

The party came to light after Rock posted a message on Twitter about the gala, mentioning that guests had performed the “electric slide.” (more…)