August 8th, 2010
06:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama celebrates birthday with a guys' weekend

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The president played basketball Sunday with a number of NBA players including Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls."]
Washington (CNN) - While the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha were away this weekend, President Barack Obama has been enjoying what some have jokingly referred to as a bachelor's weekend with friends - golfing, playing basketball and grilling out on the South Lawn.

The festivities are all part of a belated birthday celebration of sorts for the president, who turned 49 on Wednesday.

First lady Michelle Obama and youngest daughter Sasha, 9, were on vacation in Spain, while 12-year-old Malia is attending camp.

Friends from Hawaii, Chicago, Illinois, and college joined the president on Saturday at Andrews Air Force Base for a round of golf.

The sports outings continued Sunday with a basketball game at Fort McNair where Obama - along with such NBA stars as LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Grant Hill and Earvin "Magic" Johnson - played in front of an audience of wounded servicemen and participants in the White House mentoring program.

Obama was scheduled to return to the White House Sunday evening with friends and some of the basketball players for a seafood barbecue on the South Lawn.

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Updated: 6:37 p.m.

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  1. Hugo

    President Barack Obama has been enjoying what some have jokingly referred to as a bachelor's weekend with friends – golfing, playing basketball and grilling out on the South Lawn.
    Doing what he does the best, aside from campaigning and spending our tax dollars....

    The rain in Spain falls mainly on US tax funded umbrellas while we all eat beenie weenies waiting for jobs, thanks for tightening your belts during these trying economic times Obama klan.

    August 8, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. MAC

    He definitely was not talking about creating jobs, cutting the deficit and winning the War in Afganistan with this bunch of JOCKS!

    August 8, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. rachel

    Must be nice to celebrate your birthday for like 3 days lol.

    August 8, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Discernment


    CNN knew an article like this would make the Republicans go crazy and bring out the Obama Haters big time.

    Now watch the GOP Tea Party haters go crazy with stupid comments like ". . . he should be in the gulf cleaning up BP oil".

    August 8, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. diridi

    I told you long time ago, John bohner is a very stupid idiot....Just because of bed bugs, some one put fire to analogy....just not fixing immigration, he wants to repeal 14th amendment of constitution, which was postulated by forefathers....silly, stupid.....i thing, we need to fix term limits to all senate, and congress, representatives, in America...

    August 8, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. vernis robertson

    Do pay any attention to all the hates Mr. President . They are just jealous of you and racist I may add. Do your thing .... Everybody chil out and go back 10yrs ago , when the U.S problems started. Go back 20 yrs ago when the U.S problems was being put into play. Greed has brought this country to where we are today .

    August 8, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. Guern

    Wake up America, Obama is a Communist.

    August 8, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Meka

    Thank you Mr. President Obama!

    August 8, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Eses

    Easily one of the most clueless Presidents ever. How many "weeks off" does this guy get a year?
    and... there it is! Yes the libs are thinking "how much time did Bush took off during his presidency!!! Argh we're so angry! How could you say this about the greatest president ever! Argh!!!
    Do the math, Obama has easily taken as much "time off" as Bush, funny though, where's your savior Michael Moore? When's the movie coming out about Barack Obama? Hipocrisy is a funny thing isn't it.

    August 8, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. Happy 49th Birthday President Obama!

    That's a great way to celebrate your 49th birthday Mr. President. You need some fun and relaxation with the right wing, the media and the rest of the crazies attacking you 24/7.

    August 8, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. Ronnie, from Louisiana

    Not only is President Obama in good health, he plays actuall sports, what a President, when was the last time Bush played any sports except Golf, and the sport of drinking.LOL

    August 8, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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