August 4th, 2008
05:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama turns 47, staff loses present

Obama turned 47 on Monday.
Obama turned 47 on Monday.

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -–Barack Obama turned 47 on Monday but it’s just another four-state day on the campaign trail for the Illinois senator with a morning speech in Michigan followed by an afternoon fundraiser in Boston.

But he won’t be getting a present today.

On Sunday night, Obama’s trip director Marvin Nicholson was getting out of a yellow taxi at his hotel in Chicago with his laundry and Obama’s present in the trunk. As he was greeted by hotel staff, the cab driver drove away with both the clean clothes and the present still in the trunk. The gift, which the campaign won’t reveal, was from senior adviser Robert Gibbs, bodyman Reggie Love and Nicholson.

Nicholson has been calling Chicago taxi companies trying to track the present down. If it’s any consolation to Obama, Harry Connick Jr. will sing him ‘Happy Birthday’ at the fundraiser, the Boston Globe reports.

Obama celebrated the day with his wife and daughters at a barbecue with friends in the Chicago suburbs on Sunday, his first full day off the trail in weeks. And the crowds at Obama’s rallies have been singing him ‘Happy Birthday’ for the past several days.

The Illinois senator often jokes about his rapidly graying hair, telling Florida voters on Friday, “I’ve been getting gray since this campaign has started. When I started this campaign, everybody called me a young man. They’re not calling me that anymore.”

In the battleground state of Michigan on Monday, Obama told the crowd that he couldn’t think of a better place to spend his birthday than Lansing.

soundoff (241 Responses)
  1. Sylvia

    Your present is the support and vote you will get in november that will result in a win. McCain will be history. He is history right now as far as I'm concern.

    August 4, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Sherry, Atlanta

    All of America will celebrate with you, come NOV. 4 & 5, 2008!

    Happy Birthday

    August 4, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Alan

    Please stop a man called Romney from destroying Social Security.

    August 4, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Lynn

    Yipes we share the same birthday. My present to him is to vote for McCain.

    August 4, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Shane

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BO

    August 4, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Kudos

    Kudos to Ann Dunham for having a great American kid.

    Obama 08

    August 4, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. raheen PA

    Obama08

    August 4, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Henry

    Thank you Nicki,
    Thank you for this, Mr. Palermo. There is no mystery over "who Obama is." His life is an open book – two open books in fact – and he is quite possibly the most carefully examined candidate in the history of US electoral history. If David Brooks doesn't know him by now, the fault lies with Mr. Brooks, and not with Senator Obama.

    David Brooks is the smiling face of modern conservatism. He likes to present himself to his readers and viewers as a fair and open-minded sort of fellow, a bright young man with an attractive line in historically-grounded optimism. But really, who is David Brooks?

    August 4, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. al

    ************************************************

    REPUBLICAN BASTARDS. THEY'LL DO ANYTHING.

    August 4, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. bill for barack

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President.
    Watching you win the election in November will be an even greater present for the American people than it will for you.

    August 4, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. vicki

    Happy B-day Barack. We love you and our present to you its OUR VOTE for you in November..

    August 4, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. November Gift Is Better

    That's okay Senator, we'll have a better gift for you in November.

    Obama 08

    August 4, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Clinton/McCain

    I certainly DO NOT wish this man a happy birthday.

    August 4, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. Mike

    Really, who is David Brooks?

    David Brooks is a party hack who wraps up Republican talking points in all the intellectual respectability that a regular op-ed gig at the NYT can give him. "Who really is Barack Obama?" is a question that has been heard on the lips of every good and faithful servant of the Republican Party for several weeks. Brooks should be ashamed of trotting out this tired little show-pony when it should have been melted down for glue long ago.

    August 4, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. Blinded bythe light....

    Let's hope that they keep loosing things...

    August 4, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Bayou Joe

    47, 74 what's the difference he's going to lose anyway. Why doesn't he give the Democratic party a real present, withdraw from the race and give the party a chance to win with Hillary.

    August 4, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Jerry, Florida

    Note to Senator Nobama's campaign: You are going to loose more than just his DOB present. Note To Senator Nobama: Learn to respect your opposition and especially the will and political smarts of the American voters.

    August 4, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. edw

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY OBAMA

    August 4, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Chuck

    Wonder if it was a box full of stolen Hillary caucus votes?

    PUMA!!!

    August 4, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. Live Free or Vote For McCain

    I've got a crush on you...sweetie pie

    Obama 08

    August 4, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Aurelia Dean

    I am back on the Barack band wagon! Barack in '08!!!

    August 4, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. ShirleyY - Seattle

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY OBAMA WITH YOUR FINE SELF. TAKE TIME OFF AND CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY, ONCE YOU BECOME PRESIDENT YOU WONT REMEMBER YOUR BIRTHDAY, BECAUSE YOU WILL BE WORKING HARD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    YOU AR SO FINE, MCCAIN IS JEALOUS, THIS IS WHY HE IS HATING ON OBAMA.

    August 4, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. wake up

    the real story is...how many LOBBYIST are running McCain's campaign. i noticed CNN you wont post my comments about that long list of LOBBYIST running Mccains camp...why? because you have some of them like Nancy Pfotenhauer? man it is funny the double standards the MSM play. scrutiny for Obama, get out of jail free card for McCain...i noticed too how you are calling Obamas new ad an attack ad...if Obama were to talk about the USS Forrestal 7/29/67 may be you would be right

    August 4, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. AKRON, OHIO OBOMA SUPPORTER

    Happy birithday MR. President

    August 4, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  25. Sharon, MD

    If the present is returned, it will have to be checked by the Secret Service before they give it to Barack. It's sad but true.

    Obama 08

    August 4, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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