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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soundoff (426 Responses)
  1. Mohammad, LA CA

    This guy is not only the worst U.S. president in modern history, he is also the most evil man that has ever sat on the presidency in a long, long, LONG time.

    Glad its his last birthday as president.

    July 6, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Terry

    Happy Birthday!!

    Obama For President

    July 6, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. elipom

    happy birthday, Mr. President

    July 6, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Teddy Roosevelt

    Have you all lost your minds. What are you doing to the America I left behind? Smaller government, jobs for the unemployed and wars with exit plans! Thats what I propose this country needs. And oil prices? Just cut the money, food and water off to the mideast and you will see them begging to sell oil cheap. It is the ART of negotiation! Bully!

    July 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Jen, CA

    "Psychobetic" above = typical liberal psychobabble!

    July 6, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Dean

    They had to celebrate the dictator's birthday. What else were they going to do? Where else were they going to go? Funny.

    We're not celebrating, we waiting with great anticipation for our next president.

    Tick tock George, time to go.

    July 6, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Immune to the empty Obama carisma

    Has anyone else noticed that the same people who continually heap ill-will, hatred, and wish for an early death for the President of the United States are the same people who call critics of Obama "Hate-Mongers"? WAKE UP people! As much as you don't like to admit it...Obama is just another left wing POLITICIAN, partisan, and will say anything YOU want to hear to get himself elected. Here is a man more interested in how he looks and his own legacy than in the great citizens of the United States. As a member of Congress he is as much a part of the problem in D.C. as any other politician.

    July 6, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Not In Paradise

    Happy birthday, George. Thanks for taking our country to the brink of ruination. So much so that we will vote for Andy Hardy, if we could. Anybody who's remotely different from you, and the horrible situation you have put this country through is a welcome change.

    July 6, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Worst President Ever

    The worst disaster that ever happened to America. He was not the right president at the right time. We watched train wreck after train wreck. Thank God his time is almost over.

    Bring our country back, I miss it.

    July 6, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. f kimbrough

    thanks for attacking Iraq who wasn't a immediate threat and driving gas prices to a all time high..our country has suffered since the day you took office

    July 6, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. America

    The only birthday I'm celebrating is the birthday of America. I did that on the 4th.

    George's birthday is just a sad reminder that we've had to endure 8 years in an alternative world. A nightmare world where our wonderful country has tortured people. I still can't believe it.

    Good bye George, and good riddance.

    July 6, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. teri

    Oh, what a joker he is! He doesn't want to insult the Chinese because of a few games, but has no problem slaughtering multi-thousands, including defenseless, helpless little children. By the way, patriots, war isn't for good for the planet as well But then, that's Bush and his DUI - such ethics, care and regard for Earth, his fellow mankind and all of Holy Creation.

    I hope Jesus sends his happy b day good wishes to Bush too. Happy, happy happy.

    July 6, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. s. mcdougall

    Happy Birthday! Mr. President. No matter what the polls say, you are very popular among many Americans. We thank you for keeping us safe, for very low employment, for low taxes, for a scandle free administration, and for not lowering yourself to the media's constant lies about you.

    July 6, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Rose

    All the comments that I have just read are mostly negative and some people wonder why is this news. I guess for the same reason that CNN chose to do an article about Obama wearing jeans, having only four pair of shoes and it goes on and on. CNN sure does suck up to Obama, I wonder if they know what kind of toothpaste he uses. Whether you like Bush or not, he is still our President and we should respect the office. It is a disgrace the way people are bashing Bush all the time. I understand the frustration with him but how do other countries look at our American people who are constantly critical of our President. How un-american.

    July 6, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. doesn't matter

    Happy birthday dim whit

    July 6, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Carl from MI

    Happy Birthday, Dubya!! Hope you have many more... far, far away from the White House. I have you live for MANY, MANY years... so you can see and experience the impact of all the havoc and criminal activities you've been responsible for being POTUS. I hope you realize that our nation is suffering and is in the TERRIBLE state it's in because of YOU and YOUR ADMINISTRATION!! Heck-of-a-job, Dubya!! History will remember you... oh yes, it will without a doubt!

    July 6, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. doesn't matter

    congratulations on keeping a patriotic stranglehold on the idiots that still look up to you in this country, I misunderestimated you

    July 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. saga4obama

    yeah, happy birthday...i guess the one good thing i can say about Bush is if he wernt such a bad President, there might not have been a chance of the US seeing a woman and an African American running for office...and wining

    July 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Carmen Colorado

    Who cares? There are a lot of people that have birthdays everyday and can not afford their prescription, food, to pay their bills because of some moron.

    July 6, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Jeff In Seattle

    Happy Birthday, President! Ten years down the road all of us inpatient Americans will look back at a free Iraq and finally admit that the decision you made to put soldiers in Iraq was a brilliant decision.

    Obama will proably take credit for it though......LOL.

    July 6, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. DEB

    AT LEAST HE"S BETTER THAN NOBAMA!!!
    HILLARY/MCCAIN/BUSH

    July 6, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. mitchell hussein martin

    happy birthday,mr. president!i hope your next one is spent in solitary confinement.

    July 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Alex

    Is this actually news? And I'd like to know if the Bushes themselves paid for this party or did it come out of the coffers of the public?

    July 6, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Legal Immigrant

    Happy Birthday, Mr President. I hope you and your fellow G8 members will fulfill your promises to Africa – home for some of the poorest people in the world!

    July 6, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. mitchell hussein martin

    HEIL BUSH!

    July 6, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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