June 18th, 2007
04:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Laura Bush asks for birthday cash

Laura Bush is asking supporters to help celebrate the president's birthday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Birthdays are a time for celebrating and - if you are a politician - raising money.

With President Bush's 61st birthday a little over two weeks away, first lady Laura Bush is soliciting $61 donations from supporters of the Republican National Committee.

"Please consider commemorating President Bush's 61st birthday with a gift our entire Party can share," Laura Bush wrote in an e-mail.

She is also encouraging supporters to sign their names on the RNC's e-birthday card. The president turns 61 on July 6.

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who celebrated his 54th birthday on June 10, also used the occasion to raise campaign cash. His wife Elizabeth sent an e-mail to supporters the week before asking for $6.10, $19.53, or $54. He also threw a $15-a-head birthday fundraiser that 500 people attended, according to campaign officials.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John Edwards • President Bush
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. adsosletter, skleewax, CA

    Does Laura mind if I send it to him in Iraqi Dinars? Bring your brown bag, Laura...

    June 19, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Ian, Seattle, Washington

    Is there an impeachment fund because I will send $61 to that.

    I would have been more amazed and willing if she had said to send $61 to a Katrina fund where it is more needed than any GOP fund.

    June 19, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Tyrone Tanic, Los Angeles, CA

    An innocuous little item sparks a flood of liberal hate speech. What a surprise.

    June 19, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Jean, Albany, Calif.

    In return for the phony government provided by George, I intend to send Laura $61 in Monopoly money. Well, it's either that or 61 pictures of Iraqi children drenched in blood. (Or, if you prefer, 61 pics of orphaned children of US service men/women...)

    I hope they rue the day they thought up this scheme.

    June 19, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Jan, Berkeley, CA

    Note to Tyrone Tanic:

    I doubt whether all of the commenters above would identify themselves as liberals. It isn't just liberals who are upset anymore, buddy.

    June 19, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. RJS, Lehigh Valley, PA

    Yeah, anyone who loves the Constitution and what this country USED to stand for are upset. Liberal hate speech it most certainly isn't.

    June 19, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Richard F. Cronin, Wilmington, DE

    Mrs. Bush –

    Rather than donations to YOUR PARTY, how about donations to the families of veterans who have been killed or maimed by YOUR HUSBAND and YOUR PARTY.

    June 19, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Chris Lobenstein

    Donation to the RNC? You have got to be kidding! Not going to happen, now, not ever! The worst President, the worst political crime family ever.

    June 19, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. DR, Oceanside, CA

    What a perfect idea! I'll send $61 in I.O.U.'s, since we're hovering at $6,000,000,000,000.00 in debt.

    The I.O.U.'s will be sewn to a braided red, white and blue "tail" before being securely affixed to a large rusty nail.

    At the Party, since GW is, after all, the guest of honor, someone gets to pin the "tail" on the ass. Good old American fun, ho, ho!

    June 20, 2007 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  10. Jimbo, Texas

    How about a piece of feces.

    July 6, 2007 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  11. Darrell, Chino Hills CA

    Laura took the "blue pill" long ago, from the Matrix, the one that returns you to the dream world.

    July 6, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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