His endeavors and hardships in his campaign for the Democratic Party presidential primaries in 2007 and 2008 is now a thing of the past as he was elected as the 44th President of the United States of America. And on Tuesday, the beloved President will be celebrating his 48th birthday.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs shared to the public how the President kicked off his birthday via a Maryland trip with his family and closest friends. With his wife, Michelle, and his two daughters, Malia and Sasha, the first family is also joined by the First Lady's mother. Among the guests are Marty Nesbitt, his long-time friend and also the chairman of Chicago Housing Authority Board. The guest list also includes Dr. Eric Whitaker and several other childhood friends way back in Hawaii.
In this Maryland trip at Camp David, the President played basketball and bowling. Gibbs also reported Obama's marked improvement in bowling. According to him, the President bowled a 144 over the weekend - a clear indication of the President's better bowling skills compared to 37 plus gutter balls during his presidential campaign in 2008.
And on his birthday, come this Tuesday, the President will have a lunch at the White House with Senate Democrats. Agenda with the meeting are likely to be health, economy, energy legislation and the program Cash for Clunkers, according to Gibbs. However, Gibbs did not disclose what the President will do for the remainder of the day.
Now that he holds the highest position in the nation, President Obama's birthday will surely be much more of a celebration as compared to his previous birthday parties. It can be remembered that he celebrated his last year's birthday in a fundraiser at Boston. Being a White Sox fan, he was gifted with a Boston Red Sox-inspired Hawaiian shirt. During that fundraiser, 850 people celebrated with him, but on Tuesday, the whole nation will be celebrating with him.
Birthdays will not be complete without cakes and candles. Last year, then-presidential candidate Obama passed on slices of cake to his traveling media journalist. On Tuesday, it has not yet been determined how he would really spend his birthday. Whether he will be passing out cakes again or not, America can take part in his celebration through a simple act. Bake a cake and light soy candles or beeswax candles or any candles that you favor and offer a toast to the President.