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First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 . Michelle Obama is celebrating her 50th birthday Friday. The first lady was spending the day out of sight, with no scheduled public appearances after back-to-back events at the White House this week. A big birthday bash is on tap for Saturday night at the White House. President Barack Obama has been involved in planning it.

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First lady celebrates turning 50 at Saturday party

  • Article by: DARLENE SUPERVILLE
  • Associated Press
  • January 18, 2014 - 3:00 PM

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama turned 50 a day ago but the big celebration is taking place at a White House dance party Saturday night.

The White House has said nothing about the guest list or about how many people are expected or about who's providing the entertainment.

But word has spread that President Barack Obama has told guests to come prepared to dance.

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett is only saying that "people will move" at the party.

The buzz is that Beyonce (bee-AHN'-say), who's friendly with the Obamas, will sing. Beyonce's husband, rapper Jay Z, performed in Washington on Thursday night.

The first lady spent her birthday largely out of sight, though there was a Twitter post in which she showed off her new AARP card.

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