Turn 50 years old, of course! And today, Barack Obama becomes the seventh sitting U.S. president to celebrate his 50th birthday while in office.
So how will President Obama celebrate this milestone?
Yesterday, the President had lunch with his closest aides Jacob Lew, Nancy DeParle, Rob Nabors and Gene Sperling at the Good Stuff Eatery in Washington.
He joked about getting older during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, telling reporters, “I’m going to get advice from some around the table about how to handle this milestone.”
Barack Obama is pretty young for a president. The only others to celebrate their 50th birthdays in office were: James Polk, Franklin Pierce, Ulysses Grant, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Bill Clinton. All the others were older, or in the case of John F. Kennedy and James Garfield, were assassinated before they could reach their 50th birthdays.
Barack Obama is proving he still has plenty of stamina for the job. Last night he attended a fundraiser for his next presidential campaign, held in his familiar territory: Chicago. 1,500 people paid $50 each to be entertained by Jennifer Hudson, Herbie Hancock and OK Go and support the president. At a second, smaller fundraiser 100 backers paid $35,800 each for the privilege.
Obama recently said, “I feel real good about 5-0” although he admitted he has a few more gray hairs than when he entered office. “And Michelle, you know, says that she still thinks I’m cute — and I guess that’s all that matters, isn’t it?”
If his recent NPR interview is anything to judge by, Barack Obama has already received one birthday gift he wanted.
“You know, what I really want right now is to get a debt-ceiling deal for my birthday,” Obama said. “That’s kind of sad, I know.”
He may have his healthy eating campaigner wife Michelle after him again too, as he added, “Maybe I’ll have a good hamburger on my birthday as well.”
Tonight, the First Family will host a party at the White House, including a special toast in the Blue Room. Many close friends from his hometown of Chicago are expected to attend
The president and his family will then spend the weekend at Camp David. He is also looking forward to the return of his oldest daughter, Malia, who has been attending summer camp.
Fun fact: President Barack Obama shares his birthday with “Law & Order: SVU” star Richard Belzer (67), Angelina Jolie’s ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton (56), and troubled former baseball star Roger Clemens (49).