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.
Who cares? Jenna Bush said she will not vote republican this year so atleast there is one smart bush.
This story highlights the problem with America being self-centered.
Here's the president of the country, already being pampered beyond
the norm, presented with a cake to celebrate his birthday, and, in response, he has a "small" piece. Oh yes sure, it's politically
correct not to eat a lot of cake, but to just take a small piece
is just rude. President Bush, you should be ashamed of yourself.
How do you think it felt when word got back to the folks who
worked on that cake for you? Let them eat cake, indeed.
I share a B-day with bush, and as a registered democrat and hillary supporter i have always hated this fact, however as i start to imagine what life will be like under obama, i get scared. Enjoy the present, cause a madman looks poised to take the helm.
HappY Birthday President Bush............. The BEST gift yet........is Laura Bush..........When the media was giving Michelle Obama a hard time.. .....Laura spoke from the HEART in her defense.........A TRUE American!!!!
Happy birthday, shrub...may you get all that you deserve and more...perhaps a long stay in Gitmo would be in order.
See, being president can be fun!
(Take note Boring Obama and John McLame)
GAG ME WITH A SPOON!!!
It's my birthday today too. Happy Birthday to us, George!
"Michelle from Colorado"
What about the evil he has injected onto the rest of the world, including the innocent men, women, and children of Iraq that were helplessly killed by AMERICAN soldiers during ther initial invasion of Iraq?
So, please stop with your sympathy towards Bush, you're making a fool of yourself.
He's been "pretending" to be Prez all these years.
EVERYBODY DESERVES A HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EVEN PRES. BUSH, SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
And how many soldiers are going to die today?
You are a SICK person.
Sit in your chair and be quiet.
Happy birthday George.
Now for the news. Vote John McCain a man who shares our values.
A trusted patriot who fought for his country and will now fight for us.
He will not change his mind for political purposes like the bringer of rapid changes of positions, Mr. Change Obama.
Everything about this Presidency just has to be different or first timing!
*First major attack on US soil sisnce Pearl Harbor
*Presided over the Winter Olympics in SLC and to be in Beijing for the summer olympics. No President has done before.
*The liberation Afghanistan. The Russians could not do it
*The removal of Saddam Hussein. His father could not do it.
*Landing aboard a moving aircraft carrier. Mission miss-accomplished
*Gave a re-election convention speach in a stadium setting
*Levees broke in New Orleans. Really?
*First to welcome the Pope at the Airport
*First to pull a birthday party for the Pope at the White house
*First to be invited by the Pope at the Pope's summer home
* Daughter get's married while in office. Nixon's bells are ringing!
Coincidence or an opportunist?
Happy Birthday, Mr. President. Despite the facts that so many hyprocrite people (including Jimmy Carter and all those liberals, not to mention the evil Hugo Chavez) have scolded you, cursed, maligned, slandered, blamed, etc. Yet you are remain strong without never ever to fight back or even gave negative comment about them.
They slapped your left cheek, but yet you gave them your right cheek so that they will be satisfied with all their evil actions. Because I know you'll never regard them (especially all fellow Americans regardless what party they are from) as your enemy. I very understand how you see your real enemies are the radical Muslims who never want to see freedom and christianity exist in this world.
So happy the president got to celebrate his birthday in style while a few thousand more jobs have been lost this week and the economy continues its downward spiral...
When is congress going to impeach this traitor?
Wow. Even his judgment on birthday cake sucks!~
Happy Birthday, President Bush. You've had a rough ride - some of it your own doing, most of it NOT - just the way the world turns. Won't be any different with the next president. But, most of all, thank you for keeping us safe at home. Now let's go after the rest of the thugs - in Afghanistan and Iran! We know what they want - to obliterate everything and everyone in order to force their criminal Islamic fundamentalism on the entire world - and we know they won't stop with mere "words."
Happy Birthday Mr. Bush. I wish you all the best. What I am REALLY looking forward to is when you celebrate your birthday, permanently, in Crawford, Texas (or where ever you decide to call home).
This may not be earth shattering news to any of us but several of you ask "how is this news"? Think of all the tripe we read about every move the Obamas make and CNN reports it all. I'm not a fan of George W but everyone deserves a happy birthday. Stop being so nasty.
Happy Birthday, Mr.President!
Happy Birthday, Mr. President, and God Bless You.