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In the immortal words of Marilyn Monroe (although not in quite the same tone of voice): Happy Birthday Mr. President.

Barack Obama is spending his 49th birthday away from his family, and by the sound of it is in need of a little bit of TLC. At an AFL-CIO event earlier today, his host union President Richard Trumka joked that they had wanted to give the president a cake, but the Secret Service nixed the idea.obama_trumka2

“I’m a little disappointed there wasn’t a cake, though,” Obama said. “I’m going to have to talk to Secret Service.”

“You got to talk to those guys, because they nixed the cake,” Trumka said.

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

But if the president was feeling a bit down in the dumps, our blogger-in-chief Toby Zakaria found solace for him today in his horoscope in the Washington Post, a prediction she found worthy of 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,” the entry read.

Happy Birthday Madam Speaker

She gets to have her cake and eat it too…

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got a big birthday surprise when House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller carried a luscious looking chocolate birthday cake into the signing ceremony for the final piece of historic healthcare overhaul legislation.pelosilaughing2

The crowd sang happy birthday to the beaming 70-year-old after she signed the last installment of the hard won healthcare reform, the final step before sending it down to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature. He is expected to sign it early next week.

“This our gift to the American people,” Pelosi said holding up the newly signed bill.