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. Tejano

    The three Wisemen, Gore, Kerry, and Kennedy will show up at your door and bring you their gifts. Come November you get my Texas
    Boot and be sent back to Chicago and the Hood.

    August 4, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. MLH

    Hope you get a chance to enjoy the day, Senator. I am looking forward to the day we can call you President.

    August 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. James

    how about 'caucasion in america AND DEALING WITH INGNORANT FOREIGNERS AND BLACK PEOPLE THAT SHOULD BE IN THEIR HOMELAND? tHEY CAN HELP TO BUILD THEIR OWN COUNTRY! tHIS COUNTRY WILL NEVER BE aFRICAN aMERICA NEVER IN YOUR WILDEST DREAMS! bE HUMBLE, BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU CAN ACHIEVE AND THE MANY BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO EVERY AMERICAN. Stop bringing both negative and whatever positive attention to yourselves , because this will be your failure! You do not see any other ethnic group crying for attention about a month or where they came from ,trials and tribulations! Just live in peace,please! Teach your children manners,etc!

    August 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. who cares about billary

    happy b-day Senator have a good one and God bless on on the trail. stay positive and keep swinging at the nonissues that Mccain keeps dishing out instead of the real issues.

    August 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Kim

    This happened in Chicago? Ha, that stuff was already sold before she even called the cab company. Happy Birthday nonetheless.

    August 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Scott L

    Typical of this group...hope they don't leave any nuclear secrets in the cab!

    August 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Latina for obama(NJ)

    Happy birthday mr President!! and many more in the White House!

    August 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. charles

    we raised over $400 for your campaign and over $1000 has been pledged... That comes the night of the dinner party. We are here for you, because you are here for us.

    happy bday!

    August 4, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. ignore the name

    forgive me the name is still stuck in primary mode just ignore it. we are moving forward into the real election

    August 4, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. Chandira

    Harry Connick Jr isn't as much fun as Marilyn Monroe.. 😉

    Happy Birthday (Future) Mr President...

    August 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. Emmanuel C.

    hey, obama wat's poppin? i'll love to have you here with me in nigeria so as to celebrate your bday with your nigerian based supporters. happy bday boy.

    August 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. S. Denice

    Happy Birthday Sir President:

    Take some time to pray, thanking God for keeping you another year. Take time to rest and relax with your beautiful family. Take time to reflect on the coming months. You will be handed your present in November when you become the President-Elect of the United States of America!!

    Go Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Terry

    If the economy was better the cab driver would have returned the gifts !!

    August 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. OlgaT

    Happy Birthday Mr. Borack Obama, Wishing you well and may God Bless you always..
    Keep up the good work Mr. President .

    August 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. TOM


    August 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. Linda31

    Happy Birthday OBAMA!!!! What a way to celebrate your birthday....talking about sound ideas for the future of this country!!!

    August 4, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Stephen in Red Bluff

    During today's (8/4) "Situation Room"–right at the 3:35 p.m. PDT mark–Wolf, as he was breaking for commercial, teased us with the following:

    "A campaign surprise! One voting bloc defecting from the candidate most experts would expect them to be backing..."

    But, that was it. He never came back to the story. To whom was Wolf referring?

    August 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. Kathy, WA

    He's not a Messiah
    He's not a Savior
    He's not the Second Coming
    And he's not Moses

    He is a Democrat
    A Public Servant
    A Great American
    And our Future President

    Thanks Barack,
    Happy Birthday

    August 4, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. California Gold

    Happy Birthday Senator Obama!

    August 4, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Jessie

    Jesus is my Lord and Savior. Just to clear that up with the GOP.

    Barack will be my next president.

    Thank you, and good night.

    Happy Birthday, Barack

    August 4, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. California Gold

    Later this month when McCain turn 135 the local fire department will issue an emergency temporary restraining order preventing him from lighting all those candles due to the fire hazard.

    August 4, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. deji from nigeria

    have a smashing bday!

    August 4, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. linda from South Dakota

    those who are bein cynical,, omg stop it and grow up,,,,stop acting like mccain,,, if you want chg ,, obamas the man ,,, if you want the same then mccain is your man ,,,you decide i have and obama has my vote for usre,,,

    August 4, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Edith Arkansas

    Happy,Happy Birthday Presidential Candidate Barack Obama and many,many more. One would think Senator John McCainwould of let up at least one day not picking at Obama on his Birthday but I obviously McCain is too bigger dictator not to pick at Obama at any time. Today McCain picking at the Presidential Candidate stating his compromise on the proability of supporting the Offshore lift is no more than political ploy But McCain did the same thing on the oil lift on offshore so he is also pandering a political ploy. The other is McCain is dictating to Barack Obama to dictate to the congress to come back from vacation to settle the energy crisis when he, McCain has been in congress the better of 26 years why he didn't do his tough thing on the energy problem before now plus he has missed 150 voting sessions this year and added he would come of the campaign trail if the congress come back. All McCain know how to do is pick at Obama attacking every thing Obama do or say. What a hateful dictator. McCain why haven't you did something about the energy problem in all your 26 years before now, now that you are running for President of the United States. McCain act as though no one have the right to change their mind except him Mr. God!!!!!!

    August 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. KS

    Many Happy Returns of the Day, Senetor OBAMA – soon to be the POTUS.

    August 4, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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