August 4th, 2008
05:20 PM ET
14 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. Andrew

    Happy Birthday, Senator. Have a wonderful time, and come back swinging in the morning.

    Obama 08

    August 4, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Here comes the Obama bashers 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, GO

    August 4, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Alison, FL

    That really sucks! I hope they find it but the cabbie probably kept it for himself!

    August 4, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Happy Bday Barack

    Take time out for yourself, then....

    Get back:

    "On the road again, going places that you've never been...seeing faces that you've never seen before...I can't wait til you go back....on the road again....

    August 4, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Over and Out

    Happy Birthday BO!!!

    I'm saving your present for November, but I'm no good at keeping it a secret: It's my vote!!

    Obama '08

    August 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." Obama 95

    Maybe they can give him one of McCains tire pressure gauges?

    Or maybe a thought that didn't come from a teleprompter?

    August 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. James

    This really is kind of a silly article to post for comments.

    Obama 08, 12

    August 4, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Griff

    Happy Birthday. Mr, Borack Obama.. You will get your Present in November..."An Empty Box" this time I'm afraid. Try again in four years...

    August 4, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. linda from South Dakota

    Happy Birthday to you barack,, just remember you get wiser with age,, and keep up the great work,, you are oon the right path,, let mccain sweat a bit,, hes nuthun to worry about,, hes too bizzy complainin, and lying,,, and comin up with false stories,,, go obama,, goo, yes we can !!!!!!!08

    August 4, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. Denise

    Forty-seven years ago, Barack Obama was born in a manger.

    August 4, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. tai

    Happy biiiirrthhhdaaay Mr. Presidenttttt

    August 4, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. Fred C Dobbs

    And why to I give two cents about this "article"?

    August 4, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. aliou FL

    Don't worry Barry. You will have plenty of presents tonight. we are holding fund raising from 8 pm today to replace your presents.

    August 4, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. James

    here come the hate posts . . . . . .

    August 4, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Brain

    Happy B-day Mr. President. 47 is good for America and Americans!

    August 4, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. Lawrence for barack


    August 4, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. Shannon

    What's Obama's position on things today, he changes sides so often it's hard to keep up. Fast Eddy another year older, yippee!

    August 4, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. Keith Wills

    Good grief enough is enough. Could CNN at least make an attempt to cover 25% as many stories about the other candidate(s). But good grief we put a story about a birthday for the media king and can't at least find something nice to say about McCain? Why don't we just skip the election and just let the media pick the winner now. They seemed to have picked Obama before he even ran for office.

    August 4, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. Honestlady

    Happy Birthday...XOXO!!!!!

    August 4, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Happy Birthday BO. My birthday gift was a contribution to your campaign today.

    August 4, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. biffington, biff

    From the government's own website on fuel economy:

    "You can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer."

    If you figure an average of 15,000 miles per year per person (again, govt. figures) and an average of 25 miles per gallon (arbitrary) then an increase of 3.3 percent would most likely be more than 815,000 barrels

    August 4, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Queue Homer Simpson "DOH!!!!"

    August 4, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Happy 47th Birthday!

    Donations of $47 will be pouring into your campaign today!

    And our votes will be coming your way in November 🙂

    August 4, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. Joe

    Happy B-day BO
    Next Year it will be PBO!

    August 4, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA





    August 4, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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