July 7th, 2008
05:39 AM ET
4 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. Frankie

    Happy Birthday Mr. Presisent, and many more where that came from!!!

    July 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Ro

    My Happy Birthday wish for our President is that one hundred years from now he will have been proven right and take his place as one of our great presidents.

    July 6, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Paul C. Palmetto Bay, FL

    Happy Birthday to our Dear Leader from the 23 percent that still think you have value.

    July 6, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Ab-Corpus Christi-TX

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President !!!!
    Onward……No retreat !!!!
    Viva Obama !!

    July 6, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Willy

    Can any of you bed wetting liberals provide any facts on how bad the President has been. No DNC talking points or parroting George Scoros's lemmings. Well that's what I thought you know nothing but hate.

    July 6, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Brian

    Dear Mr. President,

    -Thank you for catching Bin Laden.
    -Thank you for protecting the American people (except that one day in 2001, hey even god needed to have a day of rest).
    -Thank you for keeping us out of Wars (except for the War on Terror, Afghanistan and Iraq).
    -Thank you for not raising taxes (don't worry about the devaluation of our currency).
    -Thank you for up holding the Constitution and International Law (except for the torturing and spying which you have done).
    -Thank you for keeping the oil pumping (I know its now expensive but it beat running on electricity and corn).
    -Thank you for relying on our scientist (I mean all Countries still need oil, no way Brazil is totally energy independent and we the USA are not!)
    -Thank you for yor wonderful appointees (I love how the Justice department will only go after Dems).

    Happy Birthday and Good Job Mr. President.

    July 6, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Vonn

    Mr. President,
    Thanks for visiting us onboard the Abraham Lincoln at our request! I pray the rest of the world get to see the good in you as we have. Serving in the Navy has been a blessing for me, and even better under your leadership.

    God bless you with many more birthdays.

    July 6, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Happy belated birthday Mr President. US is going coconut. Get over it!

    July 6, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Dan

    Happy Birthday! You're still the worst President ever, and I will be eating a big piece of cake the day you leave the White House.

    July 6, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. Sue

    Whoop dee dooh.

    Oh and Mildred – I hate to see what your definitions of "dignity and respect" are because he sure has not shown that to the American People.

    July 6, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. Aboleo

    Happy Birthday Mr President.

    While you are enjoying your special day, I hope you take the time to reflect on that although your approval ratings are low due to your honorable decision, NOT to quit in the middle of a fight with terrorists. Just remember the DEMOCRATIC LED CONGRESS is a hell of a way further down than yours.

    Happy Birthday Mr President, History will be very kind to you indeed.

    July 6, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Jasper

    Happy Birthday President Bush:
    Forgive the liberals for they know not what they say or do.
    History will say you were a great leader.

    July 6, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. Carol

    How he can still afford a smile is a mystery!!

    July 6, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. Fitsum Guangul

    Happy birthday President Bush!
    God bless your.

    July 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. thomas Antolino

    Live long so you can see what a mess you made for generations.

    July 6, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. PCS / North Carolina

    Happy Birthday Mr President. You tried your best to lead our country to a better future, but it definitly did not work out. You were compleatly disconnected from the reality, and waged a war with Iraq, which allowed Iran to dominate the Iraqi landscape. Voters, please do not be foolish enough to give a another chance to warmonger. Haven't we learnt enough ? Vietnam, Korea, Iran contras, and South america (Banana wars)

    July 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Tom in CA

    President Bush is an insult to the world!

    July 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. Betty

    Whoop de doo. A nice birthday present to the people of this country would be to see Bush & Cheney both impeached.

    July 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. JS

    YAA! 62. Maybe he will retire. He can legally draw early retirement

    July 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. Tom in CA

    Hey BUBBA!

    Are you there?

    I thinkl not!

    July 6, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Devon Spencer

    Happy birthday, Mr. President

    Obama '08

    July 6, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. Allen Young

    Happy Birthday Mr. President. Thank you for doing an excellent job as President. People don't realize how difficult it is being president but your good work will be realized by all. It just might take a while for people to notice it. Thank you Mr. President and all the best.

    July 6, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. Frieda

    VIVA BUSH

    LOVE YOU MR. PRESIDENT

    THE BEST PRESIDENT A SOLDIER COULD HOPE FOR/

    July 6, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  24. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PRESIDENT BUSH!

    NOW PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE CNN, YOU REALLY NEED TO MOVE ON FROM THIS ARTICLE AND REPLACE IT WITH SOMETHING MORE CURRENT!

    IS THIS A SLOW NEWS DAY?

    July 6, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  25. Scott

    Are those that wish this SOB/AH from the same planet? "We pray you'll make the right decision". I won't start in on the ignorance of prayer, but have these people seen the country recently?

    Your devotion to such a horrible person is stupid. YOU. ARE. STUPID.

    Being kind to someone who has sunk our country into debt, war, a near-abolished Constitution, archaic ideology on life-saving research, etc, etc should be considered treason. Support for bush is treason. He has committed high crimes and misdemeanors against this Nation. Spat on the Constitution. And Pissed on the People of the United States. Too bad he wasn't aborted.

    July 6, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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