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Obama turns 49; GOP sends mocking regards

For President Obama's 49th birthday, a Republican Web site lets users send taunts featuring some of his Democratic colleagues.

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By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 4, 2010; 12:35 PM

Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

On his 49th birthday Wednesday, President Obama received a promised "gift" from his friends at the Republican National Committee, in the form of a new Web site.

Web surfers who sign onto the new page will be presented with more than a dozen cards to choose from, including ones featuring Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

"Congrats on your big day!" reads the e-card from the indicted former governor. "In honor of your birthday, I decided not to testify."

(See the mockiing birthday cards sent to Obama by the Republicans)

Rangel's card says: "For your birthday, I will go quietly," a reference to the congressman's efforts to fight ethics charges.

But perhaps the best one is the card with Vice President Biden's face on it: "For your birthday, you won't hear a f@#&ing peep out of me."

The RNC went the extra mile to mark Obama's big day, offering to send the birthday cards to as many friends as the Web surfers want, free of charge. (Of course, no one would be surprised if the party held onto those e-mail addresses, and maybe hit them up for a little extra cash this fall.)

Democratic officials were not impressed.

"It's nice that the RNC has found a way to fill the time between their sex club outings and having their fundraisers meet with officials of foreign governments," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Hari Sevugan. "Of course, that time would probably be better spent coming up with new ideas to help American families, instead of on these tired, childish, political games that do nothing to help anyone."

Democrats are also making political hay out of the president's 49th birthday by organizing parties around the country and blasting e-mails to the famed Obama e-mail list.

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