By Katrina Trinko's count, this is the eighth Obama campaign "birthday" email in a fortnight. Michelle, Joey B., and even Nancy Pelosi have been badgering the bots to get in line and send him a monetary gift. But get out your hankies for this one, folks; Dear Leader hints at the unthinkable:
My upcoming birthday next week could be the last one I celebrate as President of the United States, but that’s not up to me — it’s up to you.Flashback to Obama's first birthday in the White House, which featured the most unappetizing cake ever:
This July deadline is our most urgent yet, coming after two consecutive months of being significantly outraised by Romney and the Republicans.
And if you pitch in $3 or whatever you can before midnight tonight, you and a guest will be automatically entered to join me at my birthday get-together next month:
Thanks. Hope I’ll see you soon.
In 2010, Barry's special day turned into a celebrity birthday weekend:
President Obama shot hoops Sunday with some NBA superstars, a combination late birthday present and a showcase for some wounded warriors and participants in the White House mentoring project . . . Obama, who marked his 49th birthday in Chicago on Wednesday at a dinner that included Oprah Winfrey, was set for yet another celebration today at the White House — a barbecue with family, friends and staff.And last year, to commemorate his 50th, we were urged to scare up fifty "friends" and host our own Dear Leader birthday bashes:
a deluxe, private celebrity bash at the White House. ObamaFoodorama had all the glitzy details:
Stevie Wonder gave a "surprise" performance during the celebration after dining with the President and First Lady Obama, and he also led the crowd in a soulful rendition of "Happy Birthday" (Wonder's hit "You and I" was the President and Mrs. Obama's wedding song). Guests included Jay-Z; Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson; Chris Rock; hoops legends Charles Barkley and Grant Hill; Whoopi Goldberg; Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith; Steve Harvey; and actor Hill Harper. He's one of the President's closest chums from Harvard law school, and star of CSI: NY.Yes, the stock market's electric slide was awkwardly timed. But it didnt cramp anyone's style.
Jazz great Herbie Hancock and his ensemble played four songs, as first reported here; R&B singer Ledisi dazzled the crowd with two selections.
There was "not a tie in sight" for the birthday dinner, according to one guest; men wore light summer-weight button downs and trousers, and women were attired in summer dresses--many taking their fashion cue from Mrs. Obama, and going sleeveless.
When dinner was done, DJ Cassidy spun dance tunes in the East Room--"like at a Bar Mitzvah," said one guest. The priceless rug was rolled back and the chairs pushed aside so guests could dance, led by the President and Mrs. Obama.
"'I'm going to challenge you all to dance,' the President said, and everyone did," said the guest.
That's when everyone's shoes came off, and things kicked into high gear with the barefoot jammin'--the President himself reportedly danced for three full hours. Among other dances, guests did the Electric Slide, which impressed Chris Rock so much he tweeted about it:
"Just left the Presidents birthday party at the White House. Herbie Hancock played, Stevie Wonder sang and yes they did the electric slide. A great night." Rock wrote (sic).
The President also led a huge Conga line around the East Room, pulling in everyone in his path, according to one observer.
"He was chill, and like, 'how you doin, man? Come dance!,'" reported one attendee. "He put everyone at ease." [. . .]
The politically unfortunate optics of throwing a big 50th birthday party for President Obama when his poll numbers are dropping as fast as the stock market were not lost on the White House, so the President's shindig was not listed on his official Thursday schedule, and it was closed to press. But the big Five-Oh only comes around once, and the party was a long one--guests were still straggling out of the White House after midnight, with a number of the women guests spotted carrying their shoes, thanks to all the dancing.
Can we get Mitt Romney to sign a No Conga Lines pledge?
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