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. Loretta from California

    and meanwhile, back in The United States....Due to the rising Gas prices....."Meals on Wheels" program is struggling to feed our elderly citizens.

    July 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. John G

    Happy birthday Mr President

    I'm just waiting for all the libs to politicize this ("How dare he turn 62 while we still have troops in Iraq!!!!")

    July 6, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Helen, NY

    Happy Birthday Mr. President. We are thankful to you for our safety and security. We will miss you in White House from come january. I will always cherish my experience during your presidency. I hope new President John Mccain will take good things from your tenure. I know that liberal tried to bash you but they will realize it when you are gone. Take care of yourself.

    July 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. bettyc, Havre de Grace, MD

    I read this artricle just to see how many family members are on the taxpayer dole in these trips in the sunset of this horrid administration. Last trip there were a few extras for foreign countries to entertain. But I guess I just should be happy enough to get rid of his lies and deceit that it shouldn't make a difference how many more we the people pay for. We do know one thing – the recession certainly won't hurt the Bushies or the McSames.

    July 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. al

    wherein Bush entered and was reported to have said, "...let them eat cake, heh, heh.."

    July 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Jack E. Jett

    How appropriate....one birthday candle.
    How pathetic that the only people he has to celebrate with are paid staff.
    I wonder how much fuel that little birthday party cost the United States.
    The G8 doesn't need or want him.

    He wishes he had the maturity of a one year old.

    July 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. mitchell hussein martin

    president bush should not be getting high on his birthday,while flying.he should be impeached for this fiasco.

    July 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Crush Rush

    And a fine one finger salute to you sir.

    July 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Paula Happy Impeachment Day Not

    I don't even care what he wished..probably to bomb Iran and leave another country in shambles.. 4,113 soldiers have their blood on this mans hands .. he doesn't deserve a wish.
    My wish would be that he be impeached.. but that won't happen.. and neither will my congratulations on his birthday.

    July 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Yeah flying high and enjoying cake in comfort while the rest of us have to celebrate the daily birthday of a new spike in gasoline prices and job losses. What a stupid idiot of a loser.

    July 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Anne

    And this is news how????? He is the most hated president in modern history and makes Hitler look almost almost likeable.

    July 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Lisa

    Who cares?

    July 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Upon Further Review,Texas

    Pretended to be surprised? Hes a great pretender.

    July 6, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. McCain 08

    He cannot leave fast enough

    July 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Bsizzle

    And why is this news?

    July 6, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. J Tucker

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

    July 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Bet it was at chuck e cheeses

    July 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. carolflowery

    Happy Birthday Mr. President God Bless

    July 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. K

    As a millionaire with tons of stock in oil I think Bush is doing a fine job as President, anyone who has anything bad to say about him is a traitor to America and is just jealous they arent rich

    God Bless President Bush and make sure to vote for John McCain in November

    July 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. ANTONIO GRACIA

    HI MR. BUSH: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, I WISH YOU THE BEST AND EVEN IF I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THE WAY THE ECONOMY GOES I HAVE TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IN MY OPINION I LIKE THE WAY YOU ADDRESS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, I LIKE THE WAY YOU TALK AND THE POSITIVE YOU LOOK ON YOUR SPEECH. LIKE I TOLD YOU BEFORE YOU ARE A GREAT LEADER CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN ON YOUR BIRTHDAY AND I HOPE YOU WILL HAVE A LONG LIFE WITH ALL OF US.

    ANTONIO

    July 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. DM, Arlington TX for Barack Obama 08

    Waste of money....

    July 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. OH HAPPY DAY!!!!!!

    It was a birthday celebration in the skies, as President Bush turned 62 aboard Air Force ..........NICE COUPLE .......HOPE that you enjoyed your day,SIR!!!!

    July 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Erique

    John Kerry, thanks for beating this man 4 years ago. You saved the world a lot of trouble when you did it.

    July 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Auntie Coosa, Blairsville, Georgia, USofA

    Happy Birthday President Bush!

    Now to get down to the serious topic: WHEN is the USofA going to keep the oil we're drilling in Alaska for our own use instead of sending it to Japan for "balance of trade?"

    The USofA is often taken advantage of by other "industrialized" nations. It's time the USofA took care of the USofA!

    July 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. JohnLee

    There's a lot of people in Iraq and the US that won't be able to celebrate their next birthday! So glad Mr. Bush can do that for himself. Too bad, he doesn't extend the same to all people.

    July 6, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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