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. james

    Happy B-Day President Obama

    August 4, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Khal Houston,Texas

    Happy Birthday Mr. Young President O'Bama....

    August 4, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. JohnS

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks to the LORD for such a bright President!!!!
    America will be again accepted and respected as the leader of the West after the desastrous cowboy years of Bush/McCain

    OBAMA 2008 – 2016

    August 4, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Happy Barackbirthday

    Darling youuuuuuuuuuuu send me.....I know youuuuuuuuu send me, honest you do...honest you do, honest you do....

    Happy Birthday Senator
    Anna & Family

    August 4, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." Obama 95

    They can't make it a national religious holiday until he's done with politics... you know... the whole church and state thing!

    August 4, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Cathy

    Happy Birthday Barack...!!!

    Obama '08!!!!

    August 4, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. Two Cents Fro Fred

    Thanks Fred C Dobbs, we will take your two cents for Barack's campaign.

    Happy B-Day Barack

    August 4, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Tracy, Chicago, IL

    Ok, I'm an Obama supporter but why is this news?

    August 4, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |

    Haaaaappy Birthdaaaaay Mr Future President
    Haaaaappy Birthdaaaay to yuuuuuuuo.
    Your biggest present won't arrive until November !!!!!

    August 4, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. a southern bell for OBAMA



    August 4, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. Dameun Strange

    Wait! He's 47. Didn't Jesus die at 33...looks like that pokes a whole in the whole RNC's Messiah claim. Speaking of which...didn't W say that he was called by god to lead the free world...sound like a messiah claim to me.

    Go Obama '08!!!!

    August 4, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. R. Bolick

    Wiser with age? I am not sure that this pertains to this man! This man is a total idiot. You can already see this man flip flopping on issues and sides if you are following things closely. One more recent example of this would be that he is now wanting all delegates seated from FL. and MI. Hmm .... was afraid to have this done when Hillary was still in the race but now that he has the nomination he is all for it. You people need to wise up and realize that this is not the man we need for President nor is this an article that really needs to be posted. Who cares about his birthday!

    August 4, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Griffanity

    Dear Griff,

    Better an empty box, than an empty head, you peabrain.

    August 4, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. David Goldman for OBAMA



    August 4, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Ken

    Who really cares that the biggest "Flip-Flopper" has a birthday. Let us get real about all of this. Our country is going further down the tubes and Obama unless he puts Clinton on the ticket, will end up losing the race.

    Obama has changed his mind on so many things that it is pure stupid on how he is acting, Arrogant and stupid!

    August 4, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Lorna, NY

    Happy Birthday Mr.President!

    August 4, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Happy B-D BO


    That's right and he will live in a White House.

    Obama 08

    August 4, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. Xango

    Happy Birthday
    Feliz Cumpleanos
    Bon Anniversaire
    Bonna Natale

    Mr. President may you always be blessed,
    dont worry about the haters and morons,

    good always triumph over evil

    Obama 08, 12

    August 4, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Celebration

    Whoop there he is......happy birthday, Senator.

    August 4, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. Griff

    Borack Obama. The Guy with a Hard-Drive for a Brain. Down[-Loads every other day, from his "Black-Mentor's".. They feed him, but the World has it's own way, of dealing with a Virus. Nature protects...

    August 4, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. PUMA 4 HILL

    That should be fine with him since he doesn't give his daughers any presents on their B-Days.....


    August 4, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Celebration

    Hey Barack, Happy B-Day,

    You will have a HUGE birthday present in November.

    Obama 08

    August 4, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Goodson

    McCain is wishing he's 47, sorry not anymore, those days are gone, you wasted yours cheating on your first wife with Cindi, now you both are holy evangelicals from the bible belt, GOLDDIGGER HYPOCRITES

    August 4, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. As Stevie Can Say

    Happy Birthday...happy birthday to ya......

    Obama 08

    August 4, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Ian MacIsaac

    Don't worry, We the People will give you a nice present this November. 😉

    August 4, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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