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Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 08/02/2011

On Obama’s 50th, share your milestone birthday stories

President Obama, left, and Nick Reck, a Senate intern, right. If being 50 in Washington equates to wisdom, experience and stature, what does it mean to be a 20-something intern? Share your aging story below. (CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES; DAYNA SMITH/POST)
It’s your first internship. Your first campaign romance. Your year to finally set down some roots. Your first chance to work on something truly meaningful to you. Your family expanding. Your words, in the newspaper or law brief or bill. Your mentorship. Your retirement.

Your birthday.

President Obama turns 50 on Thursday, Aug. 4. In Washington, that’s an age that means wisdom, experience and stature. But with each milestone birthday celebrated in the shadow of the Capitol, Washingtonians can celebrate what they gain, whether that’s measured in political victories, personal growth or professional development. So what makes a milestone birthday especially meaningful in Washington?

Tell us your story of turning 20, 30, 40 or more in D.C.: What you’d do differently, and what you’ve learned since.

And because birthdays aren’t always the happiest of celebrations, vote on which decade is the worst to spend in D.C. Will it be the 50s for Obama? We’ll find out in 2012.

Share your stories after the jump.

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