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.