November 20th, 2008
05:48 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama brings Biden birthday cupcakes

Barack Obama gives Joe Biden cupcakes the day before the Vice President-elect’s 66th birthday.

Barack Obama gives Joe Biden cupcakes the day before the Vice President-elect’s 66th birthday.

CHICAGO (CNN) – The day before Vice President-elect Joe Biden turns 66, President-elect Barack Obama presented his running mate with 12 candlelit cupcakes after their weekly lunch on Wednesday. He also gave Biden Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears hats as well as a bucket of Garrett's popcorn as presents.

“You’re 12 years old!” Obama told Biden according to a Democratic source.

“Maybe in dog years!” Biden responded, laughing.

Obama and the staff then sang Biden ‘Happy Birthday.’

Rarely did Biden make a stop on the campaign trail and not mention his age. “I want you to know,” he would tell supporters, “there are only four members of the Senate who are senior to me. But the very important thing to know is there are still 39 older than me.”

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soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. D. Dean

    Can you see George Bush doing this for Dick Cheney?

    November 20, 2008 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  2. Tom in Delaware

    12 years old...emotionally.

    The Obamanomics disease is spreading to birthday celebrations.

    He should ghave given him a rubber foot to stick in his mouth, or maybe a 'Joe Biden' doll that will talk for 45 minutes after you pull the string.

    Hey Joe, you forgot to mention that all the rest of the Senators are smarter than you are too.

    November 20, 2008 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  3. Brooke in PA

    I gotta admit, that's a great story. It looks so normal and I like the part "You're 12 years old!". Funny.

    Happy birthday, Mr. Vice President elect!!!

    Question: What's he going to do with the Chicago hats? He's from Delaware!

    November 20, 2008 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  4. morris graham

    Happy birthday Joe!!! May you have many more!!!

    November 20, 2008 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  5. chris


    November 20, 2008 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  6. Stephen in Texas

    Biden, he's no Dick,

    November 20, 2008 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  7. Seriously?

    I just love this guy. Funny, hip, cool and above all, BRILLIANT. What a refreshing change already. May God bless his hand, heart and choices.

    November 20, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  8. Dawn

    That is so nice, this is going to be a great adminstration; if you can surprise your VP with cupcakes?

    I cannot wait until Jan. 20th so he can show the world he will not take any crap from hostile leaders.

    May we have peace!

    November 20, 2008 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  9. James

    aww how cute lmao! Happy Birthday guy.

    November 20, 2008 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  10. seletyn

    I love seeing things like this. The human side of the political team.

    Happy Bday Joe!

    November 20, 2008 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  11. msla

    That is a nice thing for a President -Elect to do. I wonder how many white house presidents surprised their running mates with cupcakes.

    November 20, 2008 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  12. Robert


    November 20, 2008 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  13. shelia

    This was a very nice thing to do..Happy Birthday Joe!!!!!! Obama you are the man!!!!

    November 20, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  14. Autumn

    To Tom In Delaware..
    Relax and have a cupcake! When is the last time someone gave you one,
    or can you even remember the sweetness of a single sweet moment?
    I would give you one if I could just to take you back to a kinder gentler time. You need some sugar for you sound so bitter.

    November 20, 2008 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  15. Erma

    Garrett's Popcorn is sooo number one !!

    Wish I had some now...

    **side bar** you can get it online....but I cant afford it. Not right now at least. :O)

    November 20, 2008 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  16. barbara

    Happy Birthday to our Vice President Elect. What a great team!

    November 20, 2008 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  17. BKMC

    Happy birthday Biden and get ready for 2012 because change has come to America.

    November 20, 2008 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  18. msla

    Tom in Delaware you are the only one posting someting negative. This means no one ever surprised you on your birthday. Put the politics aside. Joe or Obama does not wake up to you in the morning. Be happy Joe was able to see another day. I am so tired of the negative comments get over it.

    November 20, 2008 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  19. Gail, AR

    Happy b-day, Joe.

    November 20, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  20. Nicole

    This was a great insight on the next leader of this country. He is thoughtful and full of surprises. Happy Birthday VP Elect.

    November 20, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  21. Michael, in Ohio

    Tom in Delaware, get over it already the election is over and Barack Obama has won the right to be our President and move into the white House, andthe american people has obviously approved his message, so stop hating, and work with the rest of the country to bring change. You sound like you are going to miss G.W.

    November 20, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  22. Obamaallthewaytodc

    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday VP Biden, Happy Birthday to you.

    May the Good Lord bless you, May the Good Lord Bless you,
    May the Good Lord bless you................. May the Good Lord bless you..
    and may you have many more...................

    Nice of Obama, just who he is. This is so great for our country.

    November 20, 2008 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  23. mike

    I can,t see any republican giving another one a birthday present cause they want to hoard all the money for themselves

    November 20, 2008 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  24. adam

    it feels good to look at this, than that guy in the house now.

    November 20, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
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