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Barack Obama

For Obama, Blowing Out Candles Over a Working Lunch

By Cheryl W. Thompson
President Obama will celebrate his 48th birthday Tuesday by spending at least part of the day working.

Obama will have lunch with Senate Democrats at the White House, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday. They are likely to discuss health care, the economy, energy legislation and the "Cash for Clunkers" program.

"Chuck E. Cheese was booked," Gibbs joked during his daily White House press briefing.

Gibbs did not say how Obama would spend the remainder of his day.

Obama kicked off his birthday a few days early with a weekend trip to Camp David. Along with his wife, daughters and mother-in-law, he was joined Saturday by longtime Chicago pals Marty Nesbitt, chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority Board, and physician Eric Whitaker, along with several of the president's childhood friends from Hawaii, according to an administration official.

At his Maryland getaway, the president played basketball and bowled. Obama, who was chided during the campaign for his unimpressive bowling skills, bowled a 144 over the weekend, Gibbs said -- a marked improvement from the 37 and gutter balls Obama rolled as a presidential candidate in March 2008 in Altoona, Pa.

"I watched ..... the last four throws; three strikes and a nine," Gibbs said. "I told the president, 'Look, if you had done this in Pennsylvania, my life would have been a little easier.'."

This year's birthday celebration will almost certainly pale in comparison to last year's, when 850 people joined him at a fundraiser in Boston. Obama, a White Sox fan, was given a Boston Red Sox-themed Hawaiian shirt, and he later passed out slices of birthday cake to more than three dozen journalists traveling with him.

Posted at 5:43 PM ET on Aug 3, 2009  | Category:  Barack Obama
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Posted by: armywife10225 | August 4, 2009 5:14 PM

I am totally disgraced by so many Americans who exude such ignorance. Regardless if you like Obama or not, he is a country’s leader and we need to show more respect towards him and the position he holds. Folks can be so cynical and hateful and then wonder why things are the way we want them. Maybe if we start directing some of this negative energy towards the better, then we can accomplish and achieve more.

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

I understand Rome wasn’t built in a day and considering the hand you were dealt, I think you’re doing a great job!!!

Posted by: luelue24 | August 4, 2009 3:23 PM

Helen Thomas' birth certificate was grandfathered into a U.S. version... ... back in the day ...

Posted by: newbeeboy | August 4, 2009 3:04 PM

All you Birther idiots, is this the thanks your mothers get for not pulling the plug?

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | August 4, 2009 2:46 PM

I meant his birthplace address. Sorry that I left that off my last comment. Thank you Mr/Ms/Mrs Ohreallynow.
Please include the street number, city and state.

Posted by: FredCDobbs | August 4, 2009 2:59 PM

All you Birther idiots, is this the thanks your mothers get for not pulling the plug?

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | August 4, 2009 2:46 PM

Perhaps you can provide me with the street address of Barack Obama. I would appreciate it very much. Thank you.

Please include the street number. Your effort is very much welcomed.

Posted by: FredCDobbs | August 4, 2009 2:56 PM

All you Birther idiots, is this the thanks your mothers get for not pulling the plug?

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | August 4, 2009 2:46 PM

Can anyone provide me with the state, city and street address (include street number) of Barack Obama's birthplace?

Thank you very much. I have asked many times and no one can provide me with this information.

This information seems to be available for most presidents but I am having a hard time finding it.

Thank you for your time and effort.

Posted by: FredCDobbs | August 4, 2009 2:39 PM

I hope you can read past all the vile, despicable and lying things that are posted here, today and everyday. PLEASE ignore those who do not know what they say, and repeatedly say things which have no truth and no value.
ALL of MY family and ALL of My closest Friends want to wish you the BEST Birthday EVER; because WE have been given the BEST President...that I can remember in a LONG, LONG Time!!! Just continue to do and say what you have been for these years that we have come to know you. Be True to what you are, and what you want to accomplish for America; and do it in the same manner that you have acted so far - THANK YOU for every day of service you have given US - and for ALL the days yet to come!
God Bless you and your family.

Posted by: rbarry13 | August 4, 2009 1:51 PM

Washington Post.

Have you thought of a cap and trade program for the vile comments on your column, on our president's birthday?

Posted by: cdc9 | August 4, 2009 10:22 AM

I'm shocked and dismayed to find such vitriolic displays of hatred for the man who is trying his best to bring justice and kindness to this chaotic world. Bless you on this 48th birthday, Mr Obama, and thank you for all of your efforts. We love you.

Posted by: lynneknu | August 4, 2009 10:03 AM

Happy birthday to you, Mr. President. Though we will probably never meet, to me you are family. You are the best thing to happen to our country in a long time, along with your wife and kids and all the people you have brought into positions of service since your election. Millions upon millions of people throughout the world understand the importance of your push for respect, empowerment and inclusion and we will try to do our part to make this world a fairer, safer and interesting place. We are in this with you as you go forward. I'll light a candle today to remind me to hold you in the Light.

Posted by: cats2 | August 4, 2009 9:23 AM

I wonder if he degraded the staff and treated them like indentured servants like he did at the Beer Summit

Posted by: Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief | August 3, 2009 11:20 PM

So the Messiah was 47 when he held his first full-time job.

Posted by: cschotta1 | August 3, 2009 10:52 PM

What a stinking disappointment Obama has turned out to be as president.

Posted by: georgejones5 | August 3, 2009 10:38 PM

This is one birthday Obama will remember! His birth certificate from Kenya showed up and his father ordered it. Maybe to get Jr into Hawaiian schools with privileges. I'm sure that Obama's kinsmen and tribe helped pay the way as the WHITE grandparents could not. Although they get the credit for his schooling. With a 10 million dollar reward, I think a janitor mucked around in the basement and found the real Kenyan birth certificate and sent it on. He is happy and hiding to keep from being killed. I'm happy Obama and the DNC will suffer for their lies. Maybe Obama will face a firing squad on the White House lawn. We are at war and I think that is the penalty for treason. Is this why Obama took away our primers? So we can't fire back when his Arab Kinsmen come to take over our country.
American Indian Woman.

Posted by: marianne5 | August 3, 2009 9:38 PM

Excuse me while I puke.

Posted by: birvin9999 | August 3, 2009 9:34 PM

Happy Birthday wishes!!! All the best.

Kindest regards,

Posted by: jato11 | August 3, 2009 9:14 PM

My dear President Obama…


Just do what you set out to do… and fear them not

Posted by: Shanan1 | August 3, 2009 9:07 PM

mharwick, the reason why it appears as if Obama isn't helping Gates is because Glenn Beck is retarded.

Posted by: mack1 | August 3, 2009 9:02 PM

Posted by: mharwick | August 3, 2009 8:34 PM

Forum Post: OBAMA DOESN'T CARE-ONE PICTURE WORTH 10 THOUSAND WORDS at 8/3/2009 5:04 PM EDT picture that is worth 10 thousand words. Officer Crowley assisting professor Gates down steps while our Supreme Leader strolls ahead. Happy Birthday to you Mr. President. May you continue to enjoy the life of a King while the rest of us wait for the recovery along with the real Messiah to save us.

Posted by: mharwick | August 3, 2009 8:29 PM

Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief that was weak. Surely you can come across way more crazy and stupid than that. For god's sake you only used one exclamation point. Try again with a little more zeal.

Posted by: mack1 | August 3, 2009 8:17 PM

My dear President Obama…


Just do what you set out to do… and fear them not

Posted by: Shanan1 | August 3, 2009 8:13 PM

48 Years of false Hope... 6 months of Obama instilled misery plaguing the country

Obama the Charlatan can't grow old fast enough for the country to recover from his attacks on freedom, prosperity and the American Way!

Posted by: Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief | August 3, 2009 8:04 PM

How about giving the American People a birthday present?
Show us the original birth certificate and some school records.

Posted by: grannymiller | August 3, 2009 8:01 PM

Has there ever been a case where an immigrant was demanding an American elected official to release their birth certificate especially when a State gov has issued the same doc?

Cases of immigrants with paranoia is not unheard of being haunted by their previous lives, but why should they stoke hate in out country in the name of free speech?

Taitz need to be sued into bankruptcy if she cant respect the US gov official documents

Posted by: FebM | August 3, 2009 7:57 PM

Happy birthday Mr. President. :)

Posted by: stablecitizen | August 3, 2009 7:45 PM

Why does Obama hate birthdays?

Posted by: JRM2 | August 3, 2009 7:30 PM

Obama got his B Day present . The Joker faced Obama posters , bumper stickers , tee shirts , etc. are calling loudly for Congress to put him on medical stand down for NPD sociopathic dual profiles.
He is mad as a hatter according to the masses who are done with him, and therefore the entire Dem party, if they do not place Biden.....NOW.

Posted by: dottydo | August 3, 2009 7:29 PM

Who cares if he bowls better than Pope John Paul the II? Fix the economy , close Gitmo , end the wars , and bring socialized medicine .

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | August 3, 2009 6:35 PM

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