What does Obama want for his birthday? Florida would be nice

By Margaret Chadbourn
August 2, 2012

President Barack Obama, whose birthday is Saturday, has at least one big idea for a birthday present – and it comes with 29 electoral votes.

A crowd of more than 2,000 people sang “Happy Birthday” to Obama during a campaign stop in Orlando, prompting Obama to joke that he ought to have brought a cake so that he could blow out the candles and make an electoral wish. “Winning Florida wouldn’t be a bad birthday present,” Obama said.

The Democrat, who regularly jokes about his graying hair, had another wry comment as he faces his 51st birthday, noting that first lady Michelle Obama thinks he looks 50.

Otherwise, Obama used the campaign event to attack his Republican rival Mitt Romney’s tax plans, saying they would favor the very rich, hurt middle-class Americans and pinch the economy. “They have tried to sell us this top-down tax-cut fairy dust before. And guess what, it didn’t work then. It will not work now,” Obama said. “We do not need more tax cuts for folks who have done very, very well. We need more tax cuts for working Americans.”

Obama was set to fly to Virginia, another of the key “swing” states expected to make the difference in the Nov. 6 election, after his visit to Florida.

The winning candidate needs to capture at least 270 electoral votes.

Photo credit: President Obama points after he addresses a campaign event at Rollins College in Orlando, Florida, August 2, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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this article reminds me of the BBC interview with the now deceased dictator Gaddafi bumbbling the infamous phrase: “All my people love me, all!” – well, they weren’t his people and Florida isn’t yours to ask for as a birthday gift – you don’t own anyone, even though you think we owe everything we have to you. We DID build this, and long after you have retired into non-relevant politician status (Nov 7) we will still be building the USA of the future, thankfully without your assistance.

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