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. Stanley Lehto Washington

    Happy birthday to the next president !!!!
    Yelm Wa

    August 4, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. The Lady

    Happy Birthday President Obama.

    August 4, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. clarity

    Happy Birthday Barack Obama!!!!

    August 4, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Laidetea

    Happy Birthday, Barack Obama

    August 4, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Griff

    So CNN bring two, so-called Expert's. They are both Biased to Obama, and againt John McCain... Check- Mate! I always said CNN is Pro-Obama...

    August 4, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Adrenalyn

    Happy Birthday B. Hussein Obama

    Now, where is proof that you registered for the selective service 29 years ago when you turned 18 ?

    Also, are you going to report all the gifts you are getting ?
    Like the billions in dollars worth of free campaign ads from the mainstream media ?

    August 4, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Willy

    Whoopie! I am sure the media will shower you with gifts oh great one!

    August 4, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Selah Brown

    Happy Birthday to a great thinker, and a great campaign.


    August 4, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. CMhinsley

    OB, has to really be careful what he says in this new year of his birthday. Everything he says is coming back to bite him, it was amazing when it was him who mentioned Paris Hilton, when being interviewed by Andy Warhol, i.e. "I mean i'm so over exposed, I'm making Paris Hilton look like a recluse. He is sooooo full of himself. Happy Birthday Mr. Nobama.....

    August 4, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon


    young and intelligent-now THAT is going to be a WONDERFUL change for this country.

    the old white men have done enough damage over the decades and have MORE than proven themselves to be greedy and incompetent! it's time for a young, progressive america!

    August 4, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Abbey

    Great, this guy can't even keep track of a BD present. Is he going to be a part of the WH staff?

    August 4, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. Ramus

    Happy Birthday.
    Number 4 seem to be your lucky number.
    Your daughter born on July 4 (Independence day-talk about patriotism, eat your heart out McIdiot),
    you on August4 and in three months,
    Nov,4- you are the president of the USA.
    God bless you. Take a day off. You are working so hard.

    August 4, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. Rick

    give him a tire gauge to fix the economy

    August 4, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. tigerakabj

    My present (donation of $47) is on the way. Make McSame wimper and whine. Maybe we can get an all-out explosive tantrum by November with 80 million watching. Keep up the good work.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    August 4, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. Robert

    Stupid does as Stupid is.......what a joke! Should be trust any of these people with the Presidency?? NOT!

    August 4, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

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

    you're right, that would be truly hilarious!!! since that whole thing blew up in mccain's face-ONCE AGAIN-when it was shown that having the proper air pressure in your tires absolutely DOES help!!! dam those pesky little facts, they ALWAYS ruin your point!!!

    August 4, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. Errrr

    And losing a present is news... why?

    August 4, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. Barack the Tele-promp-ter Messiah

    I didn't realize deities actually counted the years since their birth. Was there room at the inn or were you forced to sleep in a manger?

    Don't worry about the present, Obama-claus... You've promised presents to every man, woman and child in the nation! And the special present you'll give to businesses and successful Americans alike, is "the tab."

    August 4, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. Vig

    This campaign is becoming more hapless by the day.

    August 4, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. NOBAMA

    Why don't we just go ahead and make August 4th a national holiday to celebrate the birth of our savior?

    August 4, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. Yupik1

    Of course CNN (Corporate News Network) would wait to post Happy Birthday Barack until they could find something negative to say about it. McCain probaby had someone in his staff steal his present. Post that CNN!

    August 4, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. MK, Apex NC

    Happy Birthday to Obama.

    August 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. wilfred

    Looks like B.O.'s staff is as competent as he is , what a joke.

    August 4, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. victorhill

    But who's really out of touch?

    The Bush administration estimates that expanded offshore drilling could increase oil production by 200,000 barrels per day by 2030. We use about 20 million barrels per day, so that would meet about 1% of our demand two decades from now. Meanwhile, efficiency experts say that keeping tires inflated can improve gas mileage by 3%, and regular maintenance can add another 4%. Many drivers already follow their advice, but if everyone else did, we could reduce demand several percentage points immediately. In other words: Obama is right.

    August 4, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. kry


    August 4, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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