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. Irv Squaviston

    They'll never be able to find his common sense or respect for the country, so just give him a new Crackberry to send love notes to Scarlett and be done with it.

    August 4, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Reasonable Observer

    Even missing laundry is newsworthy went it is attached to Obama.... AMAZING!

    August 4, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. Christiane from Germany

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Barack Obama !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    God bless you and your Family. I hope you become the next President of the USA.
    I hope they will find your Present.

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

    happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. A Woman In California For Obama

    I bet McWar wishes he were 47.

    Happy Birthday!

    August 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. Puffy

    Happy birthday OB 47 will be good for u, we will make history for u !

    August 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. obama is unfit to be president of this country

    CNN is a disgrace, just like their boy, bam-bam. Like someone really cares about this crap.

    August 4, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. Obama Mama 08

    Senator Obama,
    Have a wonderful birthday and get some REST. Next year this time I'll be singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT!

    Obama & whomever you are comfortable with 08 & 12!

    August 4, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Indiana Bob

    A great birthday present would be giving Obama enough personal accountability to accept responsibility for his own actions. But according to Obama there are three types of people in this country: Blacks, others who support Obama, and everyone else is a racist.

    Sounds pretty hateful and divisive to me.

    PUMA - Vote McCain

    August 4, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. B

    Happy birthday Mr. B. , Let's see, that makes you 30 years younger than John Mccain. Like the song goes, Only the young survive.


    August 4, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. Chris11

    It's not the only thing he is gonna lose!

    August 4, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  12. Ann

    No wishes for Obama the cheater..

    August 4, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. Christopher, Madison, WI

    Why is it that the republicans can't spell or use proper English grammar?
    The party of idiots!

    August 4, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. Larry and Barry

    Oh no that's a bad omen! Does this mean he's still the one?

    August 4, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    Next year you will be in the White House celebrating your birthday....Not this knucklehead John McSame who can't remember a thing from yesterday just like his cousin George Dubya!

    August 4, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  16. Bob (NC)

    Obama supporters are blasting McCain for comparing Obama to Paris Hilton but Obama compared himself to Paris Hilton...

    A February 24, 2005, Washington Post article begins:

    There's nothing exotic or complicated about how phenoms are made in Washington, and, more to the point, how they are broken.

    "Andy Warhol said we all get our 15 minutes of fame," says Barack Obama. "I've already had an hour and a half. I mean, I'm so overexposed, I'm making Paris Hilton look like a recluse."

    August 4, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown

    Happy Birthday Mr. President!!!!!

    August 4, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. Boye

    Happy Birthday, Barack. Here's hoping for many more.

    August 4, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  19. Chris, American in London

    How many of you Obama haters on here are just plain jealous of how good this man looks for 47?
    I wonder...
    Sit your fat bellies in front of your t.v.'s, whine about how everyone else is causing your problems and get ready for the "kool aide" drinkers to run the show, cause it's a hapnin. Why don't you put some more rebel flags up over the highways and drill in your own brains for oil.

    Barrack the vote 08!!!!!!

    August 4, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. cindy

    Happy birthday Mr Obama

    August 4, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Tim from Ohio

    Now let's just see him walk on water...

    August 4, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. Former g.o.p.

    Happy Birthday to the man who will put an end to the g.o.p give-a-away
    to big oil in return for campaign contributions.
    McCain turns 72 soon and Exxon is planning big bash.

    August 4, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Christian, Tampa FL

    Oh, boo... I hope they find the present. For my birthday, which is November 8, I'd like to be celebrating an Obama victory. Please, America, grant my birthday wish.

    August 4, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  24. Shawn

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson jumping out of a cake with a pair of scissors would be a good present for Barry Hussein.

    August 4, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. Informed Voter

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!

    August 4, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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