July 7th, 2008
05:39 AM ET
8 years ago

Bush gets high-flying birthday party

President Bush celebrated his birthday on Air Force One with first lady Laura Bush and White House staff members.

President Bush celebrated his birthday on Air Force One with first lady Laura Bush and White House staff members.

HOKKAIDO, Japan (CNN) - It was a birthday celebration in the skies, as President Bush turned 62 aboard Air Force One while en route to Japan where Bush is attending the summit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations.

First Lady Laura Bush and White House staff members gathered in the conference room on Air Force One late Saturday night eastern time, where a steward dimmed the lights as the crowd waited for the birthday celebrant to arrive, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said.

On the table was a "large" coconut cake with a single burning candle and the words "Happy Birthday President Bush" on it.

The crowd called out "surprise" as President Bush walked into the room and then sang Happy Birthday, Perino said.

Bush "dutifully pretended to be surprised" and blew out the candle, Perino said. It was not known whether he made a birthday wish.

After cutting and serving the cake, the health-conscious president ate a "small" piece of birthday cake, she said.

There was no word on what he gifts he received from family members, but Perino noted the president was sporting a new teal-colored tie.

White House staffers presented Bush with birthday notes and cards - well-wishes delivered in a small wooden box with his initials carved on top.

The box was carved by a Texas woodworker with wood from an old Scarlett Oak tree that grace the north lawn of the White House until it fell last year.

The tree was planted in 1892 by the great granddaughter of President Benjamin Harrison, according to Perino.

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  1. Larry

    Older, but is wiser? Never mind...........

    July 6, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. ricardo williams

    Happy Birthday President Bush. May God bless your heart and soul that you make the right decisions in life that will protect lives, and the environment, and bring people together to make a better world for future generations to enjoy.

    July 6, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Claude

    who cares...the last birthday he'll have as president....THANK GOD...i'll toast to that

    July 6, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. frank

    happy birthday mr. president

    July 6, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. Mike Vaughn

    Too bad they didn't Sing " Happy Impeachment To You" and Slap handcufffs in this idiot who ruined out country. How many broken families because of his lying and decieving to make a war, are not singing Happy Birthday to their loved ones today who died in this sensless war. How does a man like that sleep at night and not feel the Guilt?????? Is there a personality test you don t take in his position to see , to me his personality is no different than a scheming serial killer, he has no soul or remorse.

    July 6, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |

    What a waste of fuel (747) on a lame duck that has this country in shambels.

    Good riddance to this man in 1/2009 !!!!!!

    July 6, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. J. Williams

    They had to have it in the air, where he couldn't see the protesters.

    Come on, thats funny, no matter who you are!

    July 6, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. E. C., Houston, Texas

    President Bush will be recalled and honored by Historians as being one of the Greatest Presidents of our time, because of his resolute and unwaivering stance on Human Freedoms and Democracy, plus his actions to achieve these Freedoms for other Nations of the World.
    Partisan Democrats have shamefully tried to displace and disgrace President Bush, but they continue to fail many times over. Their harsh, disrespectful and unflattering criticisms fall on deaf ears of this Great Nation. Happy Birthday, President Bush! You have been a Great President. Never regret your decisions, for you have been steadfast and the strongest Leader ever elected to serve this Nation.

    July 6, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Godson

    I totally agree with President Bush that boycotting the Olympics will insult the Chinese, don't we owe them eternal gratitude and maybe servitude from our children for the financial lifeline in financing the Iraq war, shouldn't we filter our coasts for any barrel of oil we can find, and maybe sieve through the hills for any available coal, yes, we want it all now. Our children can figure it out later, who cares?

    July 6, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. John Doe

    Obama lies just like George Bush! He will say anything to win voters, making empty promises.

    July 6, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Dan, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Hypocrite Bush! He claims boycotting the Olympics would be an affront to the Chinese people...... what the Chinese government has done to Tibet is an affront to all mankind! To the people of China: REVOLT! To the people of America: IMPEACH!

    July 6, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. J. M. J., MD

    Big deal.. This guy we have "running" our country is basically flipping off the American people with his 20-something % approval ratings. He's a lame duck (and a lame President to boot) and will do what HE wants or what he claims the big man upstairs tells him to do. He should at the very least, fire himself. Oh yes, it is an election year and I seriously doubt the replacement will be much better. Too bad someone didn't throw the cake in the Prez's face when he walked through the door.

    July 6, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. L

    happy birthday Pres bush

    July 6, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Michelle from Colorado

    As much as I dislike what Bush has done to our nation in the last 6.5 years (I voted for him in 2000 and really liked him until he declared war on Iraq), it makes me sad to hear people wish evil on him. while I am not a fundamentalist by any stretch of the imagination, I do believe that all things happen for a purpose and we are all part of God's big picture. If nothing else, maybe we can take away from this that our nation has proven itself time and again to be resilient and innovative. Usually the proving ground is on foreign soil. This time, maybe we need to prove it to each other and rebuild through caring, sharing, and thinking for a way to get back on top. wishing Bush would fall down a flight of stairs or have a heart attack will not solve anything. We are all destined to die. why don't we live to our fullest in spite of George Bush, not to spite George Bush?

    July 6, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Keith

    Big deal.

    July 6, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. saga4obama

    G.W. : do i hear....5...6......9....Sold to China for 9 trillion dollars!!! all right the auction Amrica is now con clud id.... Laura git da grils we are movin to...oh man, where can we move to? oh hell we are rich now lets just buy a small country you cin sew the flag...itll be great!

    July 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. RRRrrrr

    High.. Flying... Riiiigggttt..... good thing the king doesn't want to piss off our chinese rulers.. I mean they do seem to own most of america now..

    July 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Enough Already!

    Happy B-Day

    July 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. sdmackey

    Happy Birthday! Now can you just go away??????????????

    July 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Jake

    I'd put him on that plane, fly him right in the middle of a warzone and shove him out. "Mission Accomplished!"

    July 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. PaulC

    Nothing is too good for our leader. Apparently he does not have problems with the price of fuel.

    Thank God this is his last birthday as our Dear Leader.

    July 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Janey/Michigan

    I appreciate a nice story about President Bush for a change–people are so busy blaming him for everything congress does, they forget the good things he has brought to the USA. Safety from terrorism, a brutal murderous dictator gone, North Korea pact against nuclear weapons, respect for the right of religious groups to practice their religion, and encouragement to work hard and fend for ourselves without dependency on others. Good going, CNN! Let's have more unbiased news!

    July 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Brett from Austin, TX

    His wish? "Please, please, please don't think I'm an idiot...."

    July 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Seattle Sue

    I just can't think of much of anything to celebrate about Mr. Bush. Except the the fact that he will be gone January 20th, 2009.

    July 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Wow

    "Bush "dutifully pretended to be surprised" and blew out the candle, Perino said. It was not known whether he made a birthday wish. "

    The journalist who covered this story should be fired, WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE BIRTHDAY WISH WAS!!!! THIS COULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO OUR COUNTRY's SAFETY!!!

    or... I bet he wished for a new pack of manbaby diapers... 😛

    July 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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