President Obama wrapped up the debt-ceiling debate just in time to celebrate another important milestone. Thursday, Aug. 4, was Obama’s 50th birthday.
Washington Post reporters and bloggers covered the landmark occasion in a variety of ways.
Obama’s second birthday bash--this one at the White House--was just as star-studded as his first party in Chicago. In the Loop’s Al Kamen reports all the juicy details.
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President Obama received a warm embrace from his die-hard supporters at a 50th birthday campaign fundraiser in Chicago Wednesday night. The Chicago event kicked off with a concert featuring Jennifer Hudson and OkGo! Tickets range in price from $50 (for the concert) to $35,800 (for VIP seating and dinner with the president).
“After a month when he was battered by both sides of the political aisle in partisan Washington, President Obama returned to his home town a day before his 50th birthday, the first step in reenergizing his embattled base,” the Washington Post’s David Nakamura reported.
President Obama rang in his 50th birthday Wednesday night with a fundraiser featuring Jennifer Hudson and the band OK Go. Washington Post White House reporter David Nakamura tweeted from the scene at the Aragon Entertainment Center in Chicago.
We partnered with The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Tribune’s RedEye to encourage those on the scene to tweet using #Obama50.
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Presidential birthdays have rarely gone by without some form of fanfare. President John F. Kennedy was famously serenaded by actress Marilyn Monroe, and First Lady Nancy Reagan delivered cake to President Ronald Reagan in the White House press briefing room.
President Obama received an early birthday phone call from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday.
Of course, it wasn’t all birthday wishes. The two world leaders also chatted about the World Trade Organization.
This week hasn’t been easy on Barack Obama, but things are looking up. Slate looks at new studies of happiness that suggest turning 50 may be a magical landmark.
Obama maybe hitting 50, but his poll numbers aren’t. August 4 will mark 60 days with the president’s job approval rating below 50 percent.
Get the details on Behind the Numbers.
This week, Barack Obama will become the third president to turn 50 in office in more than 130 years, following Theodore Roosevelt. Obama will be younger than 72 percent of representatives and 88 percent of senators in Congress.
See how Obama compares in our interactive graphic.
Barack Obama has changed a lot in the last 50 years. Click the image above and use our slider to watch his face change from (adorable) baby to graying president.
Obama is planning to throw quite a birthday party in Chicago Wednesday night, and In the Loop’s Al Kamen has all the details.
The event includes a gala fundraiser featuring Chicago musicians Jennifer Hudson and Herbie Hancock. Campaign donors can also attend a birthday dinner with the President for the bargain price of $35,800.
Read more about it on In the Loop.
“On Thursday, President Obama — one of American history’s most precocious achievers — joins the ranks of Washington 50-somethings,” reports Manuel Roig-Franzia.
Roig-Franzia interviewed five prominent Washingtonians (including uber-pundit Paul Begala and former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart), who shared what it means to reach the milestone age.
Speaking of milestones, we want to hear your stories about what makes these birthdays significant to Washingtonians, whether you’re celebrating your first internship at age 20 or embarking on retirement at age 70. Tell us about turning 20, 30, 40 or more in D.C.: What you’d do differently, and what you’ve learned since.
Few presidents leave the White House without gray hair (or with as few strands as they went in with), and it’s hard to miss the fact that Obama’s formerly black hair is now decidedly salt-and-pepper.
Obama himself has admitted the metamorphosis, as Kelly Blessing reports. “I’ve got a little grayer since I took this job,” Obama said. “But otherwise, I feel pretty good.”
As the president’s 50th birthday approaches on Aug. 4, we look back at his life in and out of the political spotlight.
Outlook writer Dana Milbank imagined the birthday cards that lawmakers would write (or wish they could write) to Obama on Aug. 4.
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