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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  1. VA

    Happy Birthday Joe. great team
    Peace

    November 20, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. E.C.Coleman

    Might be thoughtful and 'a peace offering' for Obama to give cupcakes to Biden on his Birthday, but the very thought or idea that Obama would try to 'rebrand' this country is absurd and scary.
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with this country, except that the Democrats have pushed their 'hate Bush Campaign' with great disrespect and ridicule shown to our President and Elected Government officials. What must foreign countries think of this country? This country has earned the disrespect of the World in return. Americans and Democrats especially, should learn some manners and respect for others and our Government. Americans have never treated elected officials in such a hateful manner.

    November 20, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. G

    It's so crazy how some people just can't seem to stop being haters. No matter what people try to do there's always going to be some kind of hater. What bothers me the most about the haters is...that can't do a better job! And so what if Obama gives Biden some cupcakes..it doesn't hurt to show a little kindess. All you haters...go back to bed and try waking up on the right side! If that doesn't work pack your bags and move to an island where you do don't have be bothered with the rest of the world. I can't stand negative people!

    November 20, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Sara

    This is seriously adorable. Such a nice gesture, and so awesome to see some fun and real thoughtfulness!

    Happy birthday, Joe!

    November 20, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. Alaskan Fame Junkie

    Pat F November 20th, 2008 8:51 am ET

    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!

    --------------------------------

    Well jeez...I don't know, Pat. I've spontaneously had a camera in my purse lots of times. There's also one on my phone. In fact...that photo looks very much like one that a camera phone would take. And as you can see, the photo credit is for an "attendee photo".

    Why can't some of you people just appreciate something nice when it happens?

    November 20, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. LyonsPhilly

    Happy Birthday Joe.....Obama such a decent, thoughtful person....Love my new president.....

    November 20, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Florida Joe

    MD TX
    No, the wave of stupidity is leaving Washington on the Jan 20th and going back to Texas...............Don't let the door hit ya.............

    November 20, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. yvonne

    happy b-day joe. good peoples, scorpios. and i hope that everyone can see that thinking of others is what Obama just did. Being busy but made time to give a nice surprise. and yes, the wife had something to do with it too! ;-) excellent surprise!

    November 20, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Lisa

    Kindness! Something the heart of man lacks, but what is so greatly needed in the world!

    Wickedness in the heart of man can understand the simple and powerful way of kindness!

    November 20, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. DX in TX

    It's true, we love Barack Obama, but we are smart enough to know he is no Saviour, he is a man, a man smart enough to live up to the Constitution. For the first time in a long time, our government will be of the people, for the people and by the people...Americans are invested in the success of President Obama. When you have the majority of The American population praying for you, the negative comments just roll off the shoulder.

    I love this country...
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    November 20, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. Elizabeth

    Pretty sweet.
    Would have been cuter if he had baked them himself, but I'm sure he did not.
    Still, adorable.

    November 20, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. Meh

    MD Tx> I'm noticing a trend w. your posts. Do you EVER say anything positive?

    People are strange. They will find fault w. ANYthing. Yes, so horrible. He gave him cupcakes. Give it up. HE WON! And he's not the anti-Christ you desperate people are still trying to make him out to be.

    November 20, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. portal

    the cake is a lie

    November 20, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. AL

    Happy Birthday JOE and my you son stay safe in Iraq..

    November 20, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Karen - Proud of This Country

    Happy B-day Joe, this shows how Obama is a real caring person. I have no doubt, President Elect Obama and Vice-President Elect Biden will turn this country around and they have the ability to work together as one.

    November 20, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Rosa

    Happy B-Day VP Elect!!

    All lets' give "Tom in Delaware" huge blogs of hugs. He is clearly in pain, suffering, and mentally challenged. Tom in Delaware, we understand, the current messed up health care system under the republican has prevented you the ability to afford your "Meds". Hang in there okay!!! Pres and VP Elect will get you the well needed help soon!!!

    Keep up the great work CNN!!

    November 20, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. Katie

    Happy birthday to Joe Biden. I think he's great. What a neat thing for Obama to do for him. They seem to really enjoy one another's friendship. That's a good thing.

    November 20, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. rena

    Happy birthday Mr. Biden!

    To Jim – Obviously Mr. Obama must have had plenty of brains, he won the Presidential seat. He outwitted the Clinton machine and your old grumpy man McCain. Get a life, that's why the rethugs lost. You people are to mean and greedy.

    November 20, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. Victor

    This reminds me of Kennedy and Lyndon... think about it.
    Kennedy the first catholic president, loyal to the American people promising transparency , Obama the first black president and grew from ashes to a full rose promising change, Lyndon with great experience on the senate and on foreign relations, Biden chairman of the foreign relation committee.
    Lyndon is old, so is Biden, Obama is young so was Kennedy.
    History repeats it self in different way.

    November 20, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. irishchar

    Happy Birthday Mr. Vice President (elect).....enjoy your day and have many, many more!!! It's nice to see that even in politics some people take the time to express their appreciation for someone and offer their best wishes.

    November 20, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Karen - Missouri

    Happy Birthday Joe!

    November 20, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    Happy Birthday and many more Mr Vice President.

    November 20, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. Meh

    Spin Doctor< Not at all. I think it's just the thoughtful type of fellow P-E Obama happens to be. He doesn't need a PR person to tell him to be giving.

    Palin represented her party well? By lying, stealing, race-baiting, and hate mongering? Wow. You have low expectations for your party.

    November 20, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. GODSCHILD

    SWEET!!!

    November 20, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. AUSTIN,TX

    Tom in Delaware--we can tell that you're not that smart. Grow up

    November 20, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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