November 20th, 2008
05:48 AM ET
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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. Maggie from Virginia

    Obama and Biden are the real deal, folks. I love it. Let the haters keep underestimating our new President. Happy B-Day Joe!

    November 20, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  2. Christine

    what a great story!

    November 20, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  3. Rosa - Philadelphia, PA

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY VICE PRESIDENT ELECT BIDEN!!!!!

    November 20, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  4. magik_dolphin

    Tom in Delaware -
    Are you really from Delaware? I doubt it because most of us that are from DE love Biden! It is really sad that you still have so much hate in your heart. I understand it was a rough and tough election year but its over. Time to open your heart and let the wounds heal so we may become great USA again! I guess your mom never taught you "if you have nothing to say, don't say anything at all".

    God bless the USA!

    November 20, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. shorteedoowap

    Tom in Delaware,

    please get over that your candidate has lost his second bid for the presidency. Im glad we voted President Obama into office, this shows he will be very down to earth with his staff. Stop being so bitter and get on board for change. Happy Birthday Mr. Vice President! President Obama has not even sworn in yet and he is wasting no time to get to work after 2 years of a grooling campaign. This is the strength and character i want in my President! Keep up the good work Mr President!

    November 20, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  6. DH

    Happy Birthday Joe!!! This story made my morning brighter and put a smile on my face.

    Usually the news is so unsettling....like pirates in Michigan.

    November 20, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  7. Kris MO

    Love it and it's refreshing!

    November 20, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  8. Rick

    RIDICULOUS

    Obama: CHANGE
    America: What kind of change
    Obama: Change we can believe in
    America: What does that mean
    Obama: YES WE CAN
    America: Do what
    Obama: Change
    America: Doyou have anything else
    Obama: Change we believe in
    America: This is madness
    Obama: YES WE CAN
    Play director: Cue the Clintons, they're onto us

    November 20, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  9. JJ

    Thanks CNN for posting this story. We need more uplifting stories like this to read from time to time.

    Happy Birthday VP elect Biden! May you have many more to come! :-)
    God Bless you!

    November 20, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  10. Truth Hurts

    I can really appreciate the friendship and team player of Obama and Biden. Garrett's popcorn rocks. I live in the Chicagoland area and it is definitely a treat!!

    November 20, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  11. Michelle, PA

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Vice President Elect!
    .....And many more!

    November 20, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  12. nesha Dallas,tx

    Happy Birthday 2 U,Happy Birthday 2 U,Happy Birthday 2 U, Mr Vice President,Happy Birthday 2 U.
    And Many More.

    God Bless forever and a day.

    Peace and Love

    nesha

    November 20, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  13. Spin Doctor

    Cute story and all, but does anyone else think that there might have been some spin doctors or PR people in there saying "Hey Obama, it would be good for your image if you presented these to Joe..."

    November 20, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  14. Obama supporter #2

    I like VPE – Biden so much, happy b-day Joe Biden and many more.

    November 20, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  15. Archie C. Williams, Riverdale, Georgia

    Hey, Tom in Delaware.

    You must be the biggest fool in American.. You are such a joke.
    I think you need to move to another Country, because American is
    too good for you and its about to get much better.. You don't belong
    here.

    November 20, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  16. Larry

    You misunderstand Bob. Not hate. Just noting how silly this story is.

    To the other posters...how much these men LIKE each other? Do you want a reposting of comments Joe made about Obama during the primaries? The very personal comments. Gimme a break.

    November 20, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  17. John in Chicago

    Jim in Green Bay – You shouldn't worry about voting for a Bears fan, the way Chicago played! 37 – 3?????????? Jeesh!

    November 20, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  18. Linda from Prescott AZ

    To Tom in Delaware
    instead of making nasty comments why don't you reflect on why you folks lost the election...could it have something to do with all the negativity that flows from your mouths.?

    Happy Birthday Mr. Vice President elect.

    November 20, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  19. Cecilia

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR.BIDEN. THE TWO OF YOU ARE A GREAT TEAM –

    and to Tom in Delaware – what was that again you were saying about emotional maturity. Those who can – will and those can't revert to sarcasim, insults and meaness. please try to give "growing up" a chance

    November 20, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  20. Fiona

    This is a beautiful story and the reason that I am extremely proud to be an American.......Happy Birthday VP Biden and Obama you are the man.....President........I am so over come with hope and joy and cant wait to get to work to help bring change to the greatest nation on earth.

    November 20, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  21. John in Ohio

    Happy Birthday Biden

    November 20, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  22. louise, SAnta Barbara, CA

    LARRY, GET A LIFE!!

    November 20, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  23. Judy Zukoski, Barnesville, PA

    Happy Birthday to a terrific VP-Elect! We love you Joe Biden!

    And to Tom in Delaware, if Joe was such a dolt as you say, I doubt he would have become (and maintained) his position as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. International leaders certainly respect him. Maybe YOU need to give the guy a chance.

    November 20, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  24. Wendy

    Happy birthday Vice-President Elect-Mr. Biden–
    I am from Ontario Canada and have watched the campaigns–
    election faithfully–Havent missed anything–You 2 guys are the
    Real Deal in my opinion–Down to Earth fellas–I hope and pray
    you will do what you propose to do for the USA and I am confident
    You and Mr. Obama are men of your Word–
    Congratulations–Wendy from Peterborough, Ontario
    I would love to be at the Inaugural-Fascinating History being made–

    November 20, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  25. Jim

    Too bad he didn't give Joe a brain. Obama could use one too. Let's take up a collection to get them both one each.

    November 20, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
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