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Happy Birthday Mr. President, hope they let you eat cake

August 4, 2010

President Barack Obama turned 49 years old today, which gives him a whole year to contemplate the BIG ONE coming next.

US MARINES BIRTHDAYHis birthday horoscope (Leo) in The Washington Post was quite glowing and befitting a Nobel Peace Prize winner: “You have given your love to the loveless and befriended the friendless — the fantastic karma comes back to you this year.”

It’s the next bit we found  puzzling – “A dream job is on the horizon. Hard work this month brings the perfect offer by the end of September.” What are the stars trying to say? Is there a message in there to be applied to the November midterm elections?

Obama’s first chance of the day at getting a public display of cake for his birthday was not to be…

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told Obama before and again after the president’s remarks at the union’s executive council meeting, that they had wanted to have a cake for him but the Secret Service wouldn’t allow it. OBAMA/

“I’m a little disappointed that there wasn’t a cake, though” Obama joked after his remarks. “I’m going to have to talk to Secret Service.”

“You ought to talk to those guys, ’cause they nixed the cake,” Trumka replied.

“They’re probably eating it right now,” Obama said to laughter.

We’re guessing that Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is unlikely to bring cake to his meeting with Obama at the White House this afternoon.

So the president, whose wife and daughters are out of town, may just have to wait for this evening when he celebrates his birthday with friends in Chicago.

Wondering if the Secret Service has a limit on how many candles can be lit near the president at any given time…

Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama and Trumka joke about birthday cake), Reuters/Mike Blake (bulldog in front of cake at Camp Pendleton in 2005)

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