Beyonce, Jay Z, Oprah Rumored to Attend Obama's Last White House Party

Obama believes that school counselors are crucial because she says they are often the "deciding factor" in whether a student attends college.

In her final White House event as first lady, Michelle Obama will recognize the school counselor of the year later this week, White House aides said Tuesday.

Earnest made his remarks during the White House press briefing and said he was unaware whether President Barack Obama had seen the video or had a reaction.

School counselors from across the country are expected in the White House East Room on Friday to help honor the 2017 school counselor of the year.

Barack Obama is preparing to leave after eight years as president, though he has said he will continue to live in Washington DC until his youngest daughter, Sasha, finishes high school.

He and First Lady Michelle Obama will host what they have described as a last "grown up" party for close friends and major donors on Friday (6 January).

President Barack Obama addresses troops with first lady Michelle Obama at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kailua on December 25, 2016.

Among other shindigs at the White House, BET threw a "Love & Happiness" concert in October with performances by Common, Janelle Monae, The Roots, De La Soul, Jill Scott, Yolanda Adams, and other black celebrities.

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