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. Jared Jackson

    Once upon a time, Bush brought Cheney celery sprinkled with heart meds, a crucifix, and a priest.

    November 20, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Frank

    It's about time for a few happy stories.
    Thanks......I needed that.

    Good luck Obama

    November 20, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. PA Independent

    Tom in Delaware,

    You aren't by chance on the chewing gum wagon for National Smoke Out, are you? If so, switch to Nicorette – it'll make you less grumpy. If you're like this every day, try one of those cupcakes to sweeten your sour disposition! It will do you, and the rest of us, a world of good.

    Happy Birthday Joe. Hope you have many more to come.

    November 20, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. Lauren

    This is NEWS??????

    Americans, do we really have to worry and hear about cutesy birthday cakes? What is next? Hearing a news report on how cute Obamas little girls will look when they attend thier first day at a new school?

    This is exactly whay Obama got elected, Americans think he is cute, lovable and hang on every thing he does.

    For the sake of America, I hope Obama does well, even if I did not vote for him. But this type of news reporting is why this country did not see through the smoke and mirrors. The real Obama has charm, is entertaining, but will this ever result in him being a GOOD President.

    I still doubt it. Maybe in time the media will start to report on his faults, and the fact he is nothing more than a figure head with no experiance other than how to present a cute reputaton.

    November 20, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. Sheila

    To Wendy in NC re: Palin: You say "all she did was represent her party and she did it well". You don't see the irony in that statement? You ain't kiddin' – The GOP is full of hate!

    November 20, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. Kevin

    If he knew Bin Laden's birthday, he'd probably send him cupcakes, too. We're in for four years of mamby-pamby feel-good kumbayah...all while the world gets more dangerous. Cover some REAL news, CNN.

    November 20, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. Sandra C

    Feliz Cumpleanos Vice President Biden! I am so proud to have the best TEAM, President Obama and Vice President Biden represent our GREAT country! Best wishes and God Bless.

    November 20, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. MD

    I thought this was great. Both men very normal and humane. Gotta love the VP Elect's smile. 20 watt all the way.

    Happy Birthday Mr. Vice President and many, many more...

    November 20, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  9. deedee33

    Happy Birthday Vice President Elect Biden!

    When I saw the article it just touched my heart when I read this. It shows the true relationship between the two of them and it also shows the world that the white house is ready to work together as a team.

    Happy Birthday and may you have many more years to celebrate between two friends.

    November 20, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  10. blaising

    God bless you , Joe!!

    Thanks for doing your part in helping to bring an end to the national nightmare that has been the Bush administration.

    November 20, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  11. Nonnie

    What a nice gesture! I think Obama is one of us, a thoughtful and caring person, I think the fatcats could actually learn something it's called humility!

    November 20, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. Lynn

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Vice President elect!

    I wish you many more!

    November 20, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. Alaskan Fame Junkie

    That's so awesome! Happy birthday, Joe!! I love our Pres and Vice Pres Elect!

    (And I totally agree with D. Dean...seriously could you ever see Bush and Cheney acting this way with one another?)

    November 20, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  14. Dismayed

    Iran has enough nuclear material for an atomic bomb, and you report on cupcakes?

    You set the bar high, CNN.

    November 20, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  15. Virginia

    Well, happy birthday, old Joe!! This man is too old to be VP, after all, he is "one heartbeat away" from being the President....what shall we do with all these "old" men in Congress (like John McCain)??

    November 20, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  16. Walt, Belton,TX

    Obama will give you a cup cake too; just before he takes your wallet.

    November 20, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  17. Pat F

    Mary is right – just a photo op. Do you people think that the camera just happened to catch a spontaneous moment? Grow up, already, Barry isn't your daddy and you're not 10 years old anymore!

    November 20, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  18. Stacey

    How sweet! Happy Birthday Joe Biden and many more! Love the 12 lighted cupcakes!

    November 20, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  19. Once you vote Black

    Tom in Del
    You should wait until we do something wrong before you start crying. This way you can say, I gave them a chance but they could not do it. Otherwise you seem unAmerican and like you want the country to fail. Don't worry, you will get your chance to cry.

    November 20, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  20. postmodern

    Aww. Who doesn't get mushy over cupcakes?

    November 20, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  21. Candy West Virginia

    Tom in Delaware – still bitter huh? Oh well, now you know how the rest of the country felt after 8 years of a disaster. It is people like you and your 'kind' why the rethuglicans lost. Get over yourselves and grow up!

    November 20, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  22. Chiara

    Good choice on the Garretts popcorn. I hope my family sends me some for Christmas again this year. LOL
    Happy Birthday Joe!!!!
    Rock on Barack!!!

    November 20, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  23. Rosemarie

    Happy Birthday Joe! Have a fantastic day!

    November 20, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  24. happy birthday, joe!

    and many happy returns!

    now, go get'em, joe!

    you've got nothing to lose!

    November 20, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  25. Gina in Racine Wi

    Happy Birthday.... Vice President Elect Biden. I wish you success, good health and happiness.

    November 20, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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