November 20th, 2008
05:48 AM ET
6 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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  1. Mack

    The press would not cover anything like this for Bush/Cheney...they don't cover the fact Pres Bush often visits veterans in the hospital, homes and also jobs with returning vets. You don't see these things b/c the media has demonized Pres Bush to the point where many of us who know the Pres have lost confidence in unbiased media reporting...I'm sure the next story on Obama will be him teaching his dog new tricks, and building the bb court...all the while Al Quada, Hamas and others are still planning...but hey, put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig right?

    November 20, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  2. R. Brown

    It's refreshing and just plain nice to see politicians letting their hair down (in a manner of speaking) and just being human. I also like to see the friendship and affinity that flows between Barack Obama and Joe Biden. I have read most of Joe Biden's autobiography, "Promises to Keep" ane recommend it highly. Many happy returns to you, Mr. Vice-president Elect! We look forward to the Obama/Biden Administration with great anticipation!

    November 20, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  3. don in redneckia

    It sounds as if President-elect Obama is a thoughtful and witty boss. We could probably all appreciate someone like that if we just stopped and thought about it.

    November 20, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  4. Donna Lenhart

    Happy Birthday Joe!

    November 20, 2008 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  5. Lynne22

    Happy Birthday Cupcake! Err, I mean Joe!!

    November 20, 2008 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  6. Viv

    I think this is a fantastic story... this is something that the US has needed for a long time. REAL CARING FUN ENERGETIC DOWN TO EARTH PEOPLE running this country again.
    I appreciate Mr. Obama and his determination to make the changes that this country needs. Mr Biden was a great choice for VP and the two gentlemen compliment each other so much.
    It is great to say once again I am so very Proud to be an American.

    November 20, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  7. Tracy

    While I did not support the Obama/Biden ticket based on politics, I think this says a lot for President-elect Obama and his character. Way to go!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY VP ELECT BIDEN!

    November 20, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  8. Sharon Kitchen

    That's a very good story. Way to go Obama.
    People need to hear uplifting ones like this.
    Happy birthday v.p.-elect Joe Biden.

    November 20, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  9. GOP=Epic Fail

    Happy Birthday Biden!

    November 20, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  10. louisville

    I think that was very thoughtful surprise and gracious as the presiden-elect is.
    Joe I hope you enjoy your day and may God Bless both you.

    November 20, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  11. Larry

    So far, the top stories coming from the Office of the President-elect (arrogance! there is no such thing) are:

    1. Puppy Dogs;
    2. Cupcakes;
    3. Hillary Clinton and the return of the Clintonistas.

    So far, so ridiculous.

    November 20, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  12. Mary

    photo op

    November 20, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  13. mjc

    Happy Birthday Mr. Vice President elect! May God Bless You with many more birthdays.

    November 20, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  14. lena/dallas

    Happy BDay Joe!
    May GOD continue to Bless you throughtout the coming years.

    November 20, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  15. Jim in Green Bay

    Oh no, I voted for a Bears fan!

    November 20, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  16. William Price

    Though I am a staunch ultra-con, I believe in being right as well. :D

    Happy Birthday, Joe. May you have many more, but lets make them outside the White House. :D

    November 20, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  17. Sammy

    Awww! ain't that sweet. Happy Birthday Joe!

    November 20, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  18. Jeanette Scott

    This is the way America should be. President elect-Obama and vice president-elect Mr. Biden make a wonderful team. I believe the American people lives will change for the better under there leadership.

    I pray that God take care of them and this country and they can bring peace to the world. They show a lot of LOVE for everyone. It is refreshing to see this.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY VICE-PRESIDENT-ELECT MR. BIDEN.

    November 20, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  19. Chris

    How refreshing! Everyone gets to take a break from the seriousness of the day and wish a good guy a Happy Birthday.
    Happy Birthday, Mr Vice President Biden!

    November 20, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  20. Elmetta

    I am not surprise that the president elect will do such a thing it all goes to say what most people see of him,

    and besides i love that relationship it only shows that the persident elect is a team player .

    November 20, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  21. KofTX

    I'm glad to see that there is a real friendship between our 2 executives-elect. Happy B-day Joe ;)

    November 20, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  22. MattH

    "Can you see George Bush doing this for Dick Cheney?"
    Dick Cheney might bite him..

    November 20, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  23. Bob in New England

    Larry, don't be a hater. It's not good for your health!

    "" So far, the top stories coming from the Office of the President-elect (arrogance! there is no such thing) are:

    1. Puppy Dogs;
    2. Cupcakes;
    3. Hillary Clinton and the return of the Clintonistas.

    So far, so ridiculous. ***Larry***
    ""

    November 20, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  24. Mason

    Years ago, I worked at a company where every time someone had a birthday in our division, there was a birthday cake. Everyone stopped for a few minutes, had a quick party, had a slice of cake, and got back to work feeling good. This happened a few times a month. We were all more productive after those parties!

    But there was trouble with other divisions in the company, which were losing money and didn't celebrate birthdays. So even though our division was doing fine, the company forced us to cut back, and birthday parties were eliminated. Pretty soon our division was eliminated and we were all fired.

    Moral of the story? Take time out to celebrate birthdays. It's good for the economy.

    Happy birthday, Mr. VP-Elect!

    November 20, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  25. xcusme

    The story is nice it shows the human side. Something I have not seen in the last 8 years. Happy birthday Joe.

    November 20, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
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