August 4th, 2012
11:09 AM ET
6 years ago

RNC marks Obama's birthday with gag gifts

(CNN) - President Barack Obama hit the links for a Saturday round on the morning of his 51st birthday, while Republicans sent gag gifts his way.

"Happy birthday Mr. President," read a cake the Republican National Committee said was delivered on their behalf to the Democratic National Committee. "You didn't bake this," the frosted letters continued, a rift on the president's comment "you didn't build this" - a line on which Republicans have seized.

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The communications directors for both the RNC and DNC exchanged words via Twitter over the cake.

"Looks like you have too much time on your hands," the DNC's Brad Woodhouse posted.

"Maybe it would have been better to get some pastry from Caribou Coffee – WH staff loves that place," replied the RNC's Sean Spicer, referencing charges against the Obama Administration involving off-site meetings with lobbyists which Republicans pushed this week.

"Maybe we could have gotten it from the bakery @MittRomney insulted," Woodhouse retorted, bringing up what some called "CookieGate" in April.

For those looking to send their own birthday greetings to Obama, the RNC created a website with mocking e-cards.

"Happy birthday, party at my house again?" says a card with a photo of George Clooney. A May fundraiser held at Clooney's Los Angeles home for Obama's campaign netted the president's effort $15 million.

In another, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's photo is placed next to the words, "I didn't bring you a cake this year... you already have a lot on your plate."

Russian President Vladimir Putin's likeness accompanies sits alongside the message "After the election, you are flexible for me. I flex for your birthday." The card is a play on Obama's March comments to the outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, "This is my last election... After my election I have more flexibility."

And one card has the president's own face on it. "My birthday wish: make everyone forget I've been president the last four years."

Another was signed by Solyndra, "You gave us half a billion taxpayer dollars and all you got was this stupid card."

By the RNC's math, the national debt has increased since Obama's last birthday from $14.56 trillion to $15.9 trillion, or an additional $4,347.17 per person in this country.

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Happy birthday Mr. President,

    August 4, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    I thought the cake idea was clever. Here's to Obama's last birthday in office!

    August 4, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Larry L

    Sadly, the cake the Republicans produced is one of the very few things they've accomplished. They must be shaking their heads in wonder and disgust at the candidate they've produced for the 2012 Presidential race.

    They could look really smug if Romney releaswed his tax returns and they didn't show him to be a tax cheat. Why is he hiding them?

    August 4, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Independent from NH

    This is unbelievable. Incredible stupidity, ignorance, condescension, lack of respect, childish. This is yet another reason why myself and a lot of of independent voters from New Hampshire I know are voting for Obama again. He may not be perfect, but he's better than what the RNC obviously has to offer. Show some respect. This is pathetic.

    August 4, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Michael

    The GOP can't put aside their hate even on the Presidents birthday, they are really shallow and mean-spirited.

    And yes, they have accomplished nothing of value for many years.

    August 4, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. paulstewart2

    If it was one thing maybe it would be a joke. This is insulting and disrespectful to the President. Classic GOP. They think they are GODs.

    August 4, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Myviewis

    I wonder if President Obama required the winners of his Birthday sweepstakes to show ID since the rules specifically stated that the birthday contest was open only to U.S. Citizens, permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of our country and not eligible to win if you do not meet these requirements. I mean how else would President Obama know that the person winning meets the requirements if he doesn't ask them for their ID???????? Even in President Obama's birthday contest, sweepstakes an ID is important and so should an ID be important when Voting.

    August 4, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Miroslava

    Happy Birthday, Mr President! Thank you for enriching the world with your presence!

    August 4, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Andres

    Mitt Romney you should say happy birthday to mr.obama it would show maturity and confidence.

    August 4, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |

    The RNC and Republican party act like a bunch of 10 year old boys! How pathetic!
    OBAMA 2012!

    August 4, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. 47songs

    This is the reason our country continues to struggle. The RNC and their congressional colleagues would prefer to play games rather than pass the American's Job Act.

    President Obama will get his second term.

    August 4, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Milton K. Wiah

    Maybe the economy is not growing as people wish but it is growing and will be healthy by this time next year.
    The republican can not point to the status quo in the economy to suggest that Obama should be replaced
    with their own who does not want to show his tax returns.
    They know this man changes his position on everything, to the extent that he denied his wife's house
    presence in London. If he is elected, he will say let the healthcare stay the way having promised to repeal
    it in its entirety, gay marry should be recognized after being for it, against it, Rove and Wade should be
    sustained, do not know how many times he switched position on this one.

    August 4, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. JM

    Republicans are so rude.

    August 4, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Darryl

    And they say theirs NO devide in this country on their part . I don't know of another President in our history who has been demonized as much as this POTUS. People aren't impressed by the Hate and contempt they display. This is reason enough to make people turn off and shut down. Americans need to represent a country of respect not hate. He may not be perfact but he deserves allot more respect than disrespectful messages on his Birthday or anyother President we have in office moveing forward in this country.

    August 4, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. ST

    Happy Birthday Mr. President. Today and for many, many years ahead. Just ignore those who want to spoil your special day. They will always be there as we all understand love and hate always exist.

    August 4, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Helen Hevener

    Happy Birthday Mr President- hope your birthday is wonderful!!!! As for the hate spewers give the hate a rest for at least 24 hours in respect to the person who is the leader and President of My Country and YOUR Country!!!

    August 4, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Gary

    Make sure you have Boehner eat the first slice and then wait a bit......Just saying.

    August 4, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. SafeJourney

    Happy Birthday Mr President and many more. the GOP/RNC will not win this election. Americans know exactly what they, the GOP, represent and it is NOT what the majority of Americans want. The GOP are very arrogant and very small minded people just like Mitt

    August 4, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. sayer

    The GOP has no class. That's why I am no longer a republican.

    August 4, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. labman57

    The modern Republican Party - your ultimate source for petty snark, malicious rumors, and burning bags of dog pop left on your front porch.

    August 4, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. insight iowa

    I'm a Republican... moving very solid in switching to Independent. My party of today is not a party to be proud of. I will be voting a straight Democratic Ticket in 2012. God does see you hate no matter how many times you show up to church!

    August 4, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. d

    Don't start with that "respect" jive. We don't live in North Korea. We have the right to poke fun at our "president" on his birthday.

    You speak of respect? How many of you cheered when Andrew Breitbart died? That sounds pretty "disrespectful" to me.

    August 4, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. anthony76

    Well thats mature RNC. A simple official RNC Happy Birthday card signed by all would've been the classy move.
    Instead, we get more of these juvenile acts, and tacky gags.
    This is whats wrong with major parts of our society(mainly the crazy Right followers who have forgotten how to act).

    August 4, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Oy

    Childish and rude. So over the GOPTeaParty antics. Are we in Jr. High? It's the man's BDAY, for pete's sake! You can't dial down the rhetoric for ONE day??

    August 4, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. John

    Pathetic that you have to insult our President, no matter which party, on his birthday...the GOP has stooped to a new low, and I didn't think that was possible.

    August 4, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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