August 4th, 2008
05:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama turns 47, staff loses present

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BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -–Barack Obama turned 47 on Monday but it’s just another four-state day on the campaign trail for the Illinois senator with a morning speech in Michigan followed by an afternoon fundraiser in Boston.

But he won’t be getting a present today.

On Sunday night, Obama’s trip director Marvin Nicholson was getting out of a yellow taxi at his hotel in Chicago with his laundry and Obama’s present in the trunk. As he was greeted by hotel staff, the cab driver drove away with both the clean clothes and the present still in the trunk. The gift, which the campaign won’t reveal, was from senior adviser Robert Gibbs, bodyman Reggie Love and Nicholson.

Nicholson has been calling Chicago taxi companies trying to track the present down. If it’s any consolation to Obama, Harry Connick Jr. will sing him ‘Happy Birthday’ at the fundraiser, the Boston Globe reports.

Obama celebrated the day with his wife and daughters at a barbecue with friends in the Chicago suburbs on Sunday, his first full day off the trail in weeks. And the crowds at Obama’s rallies have been singing him ‘Happy Birthday’ for the past several days.

The Illinois senator often jokes about his rapidly graying hair, telling Florida voters on Friday, “I’ve been getting gray since this campaign has started. When I started this campaign, everybody called me a young man. They’re not calling me that anymore.”

In the battleground state of Michigan on Monday, Obama told the crowd that he couldn’t think of a better place to spend his birthday than Lansing.

soundoff (241 Responses)
  1. QG

    Happy birthday BO... Bought a new tire gauge today!

    August 4, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. Peter E

    Why is this an article? What news value does it have?

    August 4, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. Breeze

    Happy Birthday, Barack! 🙂

    August 4, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Peter E

    And the number of relevant articles about actual political issues today? Zero... again...

    August 4, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. beverly


    August 4, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. Matt



    August 4, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  7. Grant

    Happy Birthday Sir,

    May your next four be in the White House!

    August 4, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. Independant Thinker

    Yah, and he is still wet behind the ears.

    August 4, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  9. That's Reality

    47 but still not enough experience to be president. Vote McCain 2008; we can't afford having a rookie for president.

    August 4, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. Concerned

    So, I see the staff are as inexperienced as the boss..

    I can only imagine what is to come ??

    August 4, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. obamaforyourmama

    This is an interesting article to post in the Political Ticker...but oh well!

    Happy B-day Future prez!

    August 4, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. A house divided

    Hey CNN try posting this:

    How twisted can you be in your hunger and quest for power that you must paint an ex president of your own party a racist in order to win?

    August 4, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. Venus

    Happy Birthday Bam!

    Your birthday is 2-days before mine! No wonder I like you!

    May you be blessed with many more wonderful years!

    Now... please beat the hell out of McSame!

    August 4, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. Sebastian

    I love it how someone 25 years out of college and approaching 50 years old .... when the minimum age for president .. per the Constituion ... is 35 years old, is DERISIVELY referred to as a "young man" by McCain, Lieberman and other GOP'ers.

    Obama is a middle aged, solid, intellectually sharp, charismatic, strategic thinking leader.

    His best days are ahead of him and I want the entire United States to benefit from them.

    John McCain's best days are behind him. That's straight talk....

    August 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. ben

    I think some of you "moderators" are throwing some of your own comments into the blog section just to stimulate interest into what amounts to a composit of nonsence anyway. Either that or you have some Onion writers kick in a few, because nobody could write such stupid stuff with out trying to bring laughter to the few inteligent people who read these ridiculous comments

    August 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  16. Pat

    I would like to Wish You a Happy Birthday Senator Obama but for some reason the powers that be seem to find fault with that wish!!
    But I'll try again. I know your day will be Special and the Year Ahead will Bring Much Success both on a personal and National level! 47 CHEERS!. Leo's are the Best Leaders,Achievers, and Humanitarians.

    August 4, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
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