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. Pat in Cali

    Happy Birthday, Senator Obama!!!

    August 4, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. Marty, FL

    Happy Birthday, Senator Obama! You have made me proud to support your positive leadership in this election.

    August 4, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. Ladytee

    Happy Birthday Senator Obama..

    Yep, age one ages you do get wiser, I had a birthday last month...and I must say I do feel a bit wiser.

    Good Luck to you on your road to the White House,

    Good Bless!

    Ms. Tina

    August 4, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. gary

    TAI. YOU ALL ACT LIKE HE IS PRESIDENT NOW , JUST LIKE HE DOES. WHAT A JOKE. OBAMA IS NOTHING BUT A CON MAN AND A MEDIA CLOWN. HE WOULDN'T EVEN GO SEE WOUNDED SOLDIERS UNLESS MEDIA FOLLOWED HIM. AMERICA DESERVES WHAT THEY ASK FOR.

    August 4, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. A house divided

    How twisted can you be in your hunger and quest for power that you must paint an ex president of your own party a racist in order to win?

    August 4, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. Ms Teena

    Happy Birthday..

    God Bless, and Good Luck

    August 4, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. Jan

    What a stupid article. Who cares.. obama needs to grow up... Like we really need him to lead our country.

    August 4, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Ms Teena

    Lisa.

    You must be sleeping today. I have not heard any of your negative remarks...

    Thanks,

    August 4, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. Brenda

    Wishing you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY ... busy working in one of your Virginia offices, and it's a JOY!

    Obama for President

    August 4, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. RJ, CA

    I told you bloggers weeks ago that it looks as though Obama's "makeup artists" are "greying" his hair to make him look more "experienced." Sure enough - it is happening - more with each photo. IF it weren't so, Obama woudn't be making a comment about it to "dispel" the rumor. More phoney baloney Obama.

    And now Michelle wants to chair a group of military wives. So what, exactly, does Michelle know about the lives of military wives? Bet you this, though: That "group" will consist of CAREFULLY CHOSEN WOMEN FOR OBAMA - NO ONE ELSE!

    August 4, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. Paris

    This is news why????????????????????

    August 4, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. sue calgary

    Happy Birthday Obama! May God give you strength as you take on this Herculean task of seeking election to become the President of the US!!!

    August 4, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. Ted

    Happy birthday Barack!

    August 4, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!

    TO SIR, WITH LOVE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. OBAMA!!!!
    KEEP PLAYING BASKETBALL–GREATEST GAME ON EARTH!!!!
    (well, besides football, go Dallas Cowboys!!!)

    MAY GOD BLESS US ALL.

    PEOPLE, LETS LOVE ONE ANOTHER: MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR.

    OBAMA 08/12

    August 4, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. Donna from Colorado Springs

    For Gods sake, Nobody tell John McStupid that today is Obamas birthday, or he will find a way to attack, ridicule and turn this day into just another round of volleys from the McStupid attack camp. He isn't capable of saying anything of substance, just put downs and insults. I just can't believe that his derisive attacks seem to be working. Are the people of this country so stupid as to buy into this yet again? Didn't they learn anything from the last two elections? This is just more of Bush, McStupid style. Why does this country allow the republican party to continually backbite, attack and flat out lie about any democrat running for office?They whine about the economy, housing,gas,food prices and everything else that is wrong, but they accept whatever McStupid says as gospel. I'm about to give up on politics for good!

    August 4, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. bruce

    happy 47th mr president

    August 4, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. J.C.

    Happy Birthday, Obama!
    But ...
    If Obama insists on tapping strategic oil reserve to wean higher gas prices, he hasn't seen a real crisis yet.

    August 4, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. Breaker

    Thats what u think Griff.

    If Republicans are no racists, then Obama will win ealsely!
    with no problems at all.

    The world dont want McCain only those who making money on Bush
    on failed Bush politivs.

    August 4, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. Barbara Blair Desoto Texas

    Happy Birthday Obama keep making McCain look bad on T.V.I love it hope you had a wonderful Birthday.

    August 4, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  20. PE

    Happy Birthday Barack!!!! Next year we will celebrate in the WH.

    August 4, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. Marie in California

    Soooo.....aren't there more newsworthy things to report than this?

    Why doesn't Obama give the country a birthday present on his birth date.....and just drop out of the presidential race!

    If not Hillary, then McCain!

    PUMA

    August 4, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  22. Muj

    If i were you, BO – i would be going through recent listings on Ebay!

    August 4, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. scott winter haven

    Please help me support Obama by filling in the below.

    Please give me five things he has accomplished that qualify him to be President. To make it fair please do not use George Bush, John McCain or any reference to the republicians. I'm simply looking for his creditials to be the President. Giving a good speech, reading from a telepromptor, or that fact that he is Africian American (Half) do not count.

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    If your head is starting to hurt just drink somemore Kool-Aid for temporary relief.

    August 4, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. AMN

    Happy birthday, Barack Obama!

    August 4, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. annie

    Hope osama's birthday is as happy as he made the wounded soldiers in Germany. Whoops I forgot he couldn't take cameras and all the news crews so he didn't visit them. brackie is such a JOKE!

    August 4, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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