(CNN) – Kicking off a meeting with congressional leaders Friday, President Barack Obama joked with House Speaker John Boehner about his birthday.
After a statement welcoming House and Senate party leaders to the White House, Obama said, "Excuse me, there is one other point I want to make."
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The president continued: "My understanding is tomorrow is Speaker Boehner's birthday so for those of you who want to wish him a happy birthday, we are not going to embarrass him with a cake because we didn't know how many candles were needed."
"Yeah right," said Boehner nudging the president.
Instead of a cake it appears Obama bought the House speaker, who will be 63 on Saturday, a rather pricey bottle of wine - Poggio Antico's 1997 vintage brunello.
Boehner's press secretary Brendan Buck tweeted a picture of the present Friday:
Obama birthday gift to Boehner yfrog.com/odun7rggj— Brendan Buck (@Brendan_Buck) November 16, 2012
Obama birthday gift to Boehner yfrog.com/odun7rggj
CNN's Dana Davidsen and Adam Aigner-Treworgy contributed to this report.
Here come the Friday afternoon moonshine haters. There must be no civility towards this president.
My beloved President!
A class act!
Happy Birthday Boo-Hoo!! Try not to cry into the pricey wine.
As a side note, I really believe that Boehner and President Obama get along, and could work well together if only the Teatardic extremists would get the hell out of the way.
HAPPT BIRTHDAY–John, enjoy yor birthday!!!!
LOL. Johnny boy's about to cry.....again. I wonder if he's thinking about how badly he FAILED in making the President a "one term president"???
Wine! The perfect gift for an alcoholic.
I bet the fiscal cliff could be avoided if negotiations take place after sharing said bottle of wine.
So is this one of the many gifts the Republicans are screaming/claiming that the President is giving out?
The President is a class act
See, even the Republicans are getting gifts from Obama.
Where is Romney complaining that Pres Obama is trying to buy Boehner with a gift , but then its an expensive bottle of wine so thats ok , plus we know repubs cant be bought , far too ethical , haha
Cute! You noticed Boehner was a little red-faced. Glad to see he has a lot more emotion that usually displays.
Poggio Antico's 1997
So Romney is right , Obama is using gifts to turn the speaker into a socalist .
Don't drink it Mr. Speaker !
The idea that cooperation and compromise can begin with a good bottle of wine is not an unheard of notion. Good move, Mister President... Your move, Mister Boehner...
Another Gift from Obama, Romney can complain about!
1997? Should have gone with the '47.
Will Boehner have a gift for America on any day?
They can agree that they both like fermented grapes.
Well, it's a start.
Oh, this is just too funny. Think I'll gag! Washington is just one big joke. As always, it is Bush's fault or the YouTube video.
Is obama trying to give him a gift for his vote?
Boehner and the GOP – doing their best through their own actions to convince Americans that government is terrible and must be dismantled.
Why can we not see more of this respect and humanity between politicians from opposing parties?
After all, we are all Americans.
While Rome burns, Nero continues to play his fiddle.
Let them drink wine!
Let's hope this leads to a friendship...that transcends their political differences. Nice overture by Obama.