How many of us have celebrated our 53rd birthday thusly? How many of us would bother to celebrate our 53rd birthday at all? (I’ll give you one bash a decade, maybe two. But annually? What are you, eight years old?)
Oops! Wrong president and wrong orgy! Kennedy’s was understated by comparison.
The annual extended Obama birthday bash began this morning with a mass landing on the golf course at Joint Base Andrews, where twelve golfers are participating in a Saturday morning outing.
Actually I imagine the festivities began Friday, since everyone seems to already be in town. I noticed that right after his early Friday afternoon press conference Obama exited the West Wing, apparently knocking off work early. I imagine – though I can’t confirm – he was headed to the residence to begin welcoming his guests.
Among those known to be participating in this morning’s golf bonanza are former Obama aide Reggie Love, current White House aide and Obama golf favorite Marvin Nicholson, and timeless friends Greg More, Bobby Titcomb, and Mike Ramos. The assemblage arrived at Andrews at 8:35 am ET.
After golf, the party will move to Camp David, where Obama and his crew will spend the night. Unclear if more celebrants – and maybe some celebrities – are flying in.
The president is not scheduled to return to the White House until 2:55 pm Sunday, no doubt to begin an extended period of recovery. Obama’s actual birthday is Monday.
Obama and his foursome, which included longtime buddies Greg Orme, Bobby Titcomb, and Mike Ramos, beat two other teams in today’s Obama Birthday Open at the Joint Andrews Base golf course.
This means his friends get to chopper on Marine One with the president to Camp David for Phase II of the birthday celebration. Also aboard are aide Marvin Nicholson and Obama trainer Cornell McClellan.
You only turn 53 once, Mr. President!
During a press conference at the White House on Friday, Mr. Obama chided reporters for failing to ask if he had birthday plans.
“I thought that you guys were going to ask me how I was going to spend my birthday,” Mr. Obama said. “What happened to the happy birthday thing?”
Finally, April Ryan of National Urban Radio called out to the president, “Happy Birthday.”
“There you go, April,” the president replied. “That’s [what] I’m talking about. Somebody finally wished me happy birthday.”
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