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. James, Dover, DE

    Nice....a birthday party before getting sent to jail for high crimes!

    July 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. David Jacobson, New York NY

    President Bush finds yet another reason to celebrate, whilet he rest of us suffer under his failed policies.

    July 6, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. John

    Thankfully his last in-office birthday, hopefully the last for the whole family.

    July 6, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Killbucket


    July 6, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Moving on

    News how????? I wonder if he knows that gas is $4 a gallon at this point? And your reporting on his birthday party????

    In anycase...Happy Birthday Mr. President. I may not agree with many of your decisions or your leadership. But, I really do hope you live to be 100.


    July 6, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Joe

    Happy B-Day Mr. President! Stay strong and well.

    July 6, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. OH HAPPY DAY!!!!!!

    It was a birthday celebration in the skies, as President Bush turned 62 aboard Air Force ..........HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!

    July 6, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Brad in SC

    Bush says it would be an insult to China to boycott Olympics. Please read that statement as:
    "If I boycott, then China won't give me money to spend on the Iraq war."

    July 6, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Ron

    He been a good and tough President, unlike the cowardly demonrats

    July 6, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Michael

    $62 donated to the DNC in honor of Bush's birthday.

    July 6, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. RITdude

    I don't understand why this should be on the ticker because it's his birthday!!?? please CNN you have to do better than that.

    July 6, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Dylan

    Dubya will give ALL of us an early birthday present when he leaves office in January.

    Obama '08

    July 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. An American to be

    Actually the president made a wish that was not brought to the attention of the press secretary and it was "I wish I did not invade iraq".

    July 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. James , Houston, TX.

    What Next? A Crab in the Sky!

    July 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. marty

    let them eat cake

    July 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Bigbubba

    I wonder how many American families could live a year off oif the cost of a birthday party on Air Force One. Republican largess for themselves without thinking haw it appears to the people they are putting on the streets never ceases to amaze me.

    July 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Eric


    July 6, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Happy Birthday fellow Cancer!!!!

    July 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. JB

    Now THIS is some serious news...

    July 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Loretta from California



    July 6, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. No Republicans, ever!

    Even Jenna Bush said she will probably not vote republican. That should tell you something.

    July 6, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. dorothy martin

    John McCain is too old for the USA President .and the press is taking
    side with JM, they press know Obama did not change his position on Iraq

    July 6, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. chef boy r d

    can't wait to read the anti-Bush comments on here...so the guy celebrates his birthday, coconut cake...oh no!!!

    July 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. prayingforshalom

    Happy Birthday Mr. President!

    Although we may not always agree, I wish you a blessed day with your wife and staff in Japan!

    July 6, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Ben

    So, is there a candle on the cake for every life his lies have taken?

    July 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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