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.
Obama was so excited about his upcoming birthday, on Friday – he brought the subject up himself, in the middle of his press conference which covered a “wide range of difficult topics — the situation in Ukraine, the Israeli-Hamas conflict, the CIA’s admission that it had spied on the Senate, ISIS, Ebola, etc.”
After giving himself credit for creating jobs and saving the economy, he said exasperatedly, “I thought that you guys were going to ask me how I was going to spend my birthday. What happened to the birthday thing?”
What happened, see is – the grown ups in the press corps thought there might be more important things to talk about than Obama’s birthday. I know it’s incredible. But that’s what seems to have happened.
Putin, however did find time to send O a greeting.
— Stamato (@dstamato) August 1, 2014
Hey – I know some of you are bursting with excitement and wondering, “what can I do to help celebrate Obama’s birthday? Is there a card or something I can sign?”
Apparently this is real. This happened.
Way to be creepy there, DNC pic.twitter.com/QIKeIK7zR7
— Bridget Johnson (@Bridget_PJM) August 2, 2014
Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist: Kneel Before Zod: On Celebrating Obama’s Birthday:
Hey, guys, I think it was President Obama’s birthday yesterday.
This is not to be encouraged for two main reasons.
One, it’s childish. Birthdays are for kids. And even for kids, they should be restrained. Yes, it’s another year to be thankful for God’s provisions. Great. Do that with family and friends. Don’t make a big production. Don’t put on a My Super Sweet 16 type thing. Be a man and also recognize that all of us who are blessed to survive our mother’s wombs (ooh, awkward, President “punished with a baby” Obama!) have birthdays.
Two, I can not improve on this Volokh rant from four years ago, when Jim Lofgren received one of the now-trademarked Obama birthday fundraising emails:
I find it hard to say precisely why I find this email a bit creepy. At one level this seems innocuous enough–and it is definitely not a big thing. At another level, asking millions of Americans to sign a birthday card for the President suggests a tone-deafness about the cult of personality. If we lived in a dictatorship, getting millions of subjects to celebrate the Dear Leader’s birthday would be routine, but in a free republic this appeal to get millions of citizens to celebrate a current president’s birthday strikes a discordant note to my ear. No, I am not saying we are in a dictatorship; I am saying that because we are not, we should not be emulating the trappings characteristic of that fundamentally different sort of regime. Nor do I think this is particularly ominous, just a very small step in the wrong direction.
Exactly. Grow up and don’t emulate dictators.
UPDATE: If you can believe it, it’s even creepier than I presented.
The Washington Examiner: GOP: Happy birthday Obama, now here’s a copy of Constitution to read:
“Today is President Obama’s birthday,” said party boss Reince Priebus in an email.
“President Obama has made it clear that he has a pen and a phone, and that he is willing to go around Congress and the Constitution to get his way.
“So for his birthday, the RNC is delivering a copy of the U.S. Constitution to the White House so Obama can read it before he picks up his pen or phone.
“Sign the card to President Obama and send him a U.S. Constitution for his birthday.”
Linked by Doug Ross at Journal, thanks!