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Ellen DeGeneres, Magic Johnson Among Celebs at Obama's 55th Birthday Party at the White House

Sean Pavone/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Barack Obama celebrated his 55th birthday Friday night with a star-studded, blowout birthday bash at the White House.

Although the hand-picked guest list was not released in advance, and the majority of guests did not confirm they were attending, nor post anything on social media about the soiree immediately after it ended, the identities of some of the bold-faced attendees have begun to trickle out. Obama turned 55 on Thursday.

At 8:44 p.m., Magic Johnson tweeted a photo of himself with wife Cookie, writing, "Cookie and I getting ready to go to President Obama's birthday party!" Cookie tweeted the same photo, writing "Happy birthday President @BarackObama, can't wait to get down, I have on my dancing shoes."



Ellen DeGeneres attended, as did author and former Sean "Diddy" Combs personal assistant Fonzworth Bentley, per social media users.

On the political front, Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile was seen heading into the White House, as was former Obama senior advisor David Axelrod and Reverend Al Sharpton. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, and former Obama chief of staff, was also spotted leaving the party.

"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts also attended the party -- which was paid for by the Obamas, according to the White House -- as did ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts with husband Al Roker.

The first lady posted a photo of herself with the president on Instagram this week, writing, "55 years young and that smile still gets me every single day. Happy birthday, Barack. I love you. -mo"

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