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Rise And Shine: Happy Birthday, President Obama!

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All Times Eastern

10:00AM: President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:00AM: President Obama and Vice President Biden hold a bilateral meeting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

12:30PM: President Obama and Vice President Biden have lunch in the Private Dining Room

12:30PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

3:15PM: President Obama views White House Demo Day exhibits

3:40PM: President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Demo Day

4:25PM: President Obama meets with American Jewish community leaders to discuss the Iran nuclear deal (he also did this in April, following the announcement of the Lausanne framework)

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1990, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama in 1990, during his tenure as President of the Harvard Law Review. Barack Hussein Obama (born August 4, 1961) is the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois. In November 2004, he was elected to the Senate as a Democrat. He is married to Michelle Obama and is a father to two daughters. On January 3, 2008 he came first in the Iowa caucus for the American presidency.///Barack Obama, on the campus of Harvard University.. Credit: Susan Lapides / Polaris   Original Filename: 7xp0fk50.JPG

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DES MOINES, IA - AUGUST 16:  Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) gives his wife Michelle a playful kiss as they tour the Iowa State Fair August 16, 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa. The fair runs until August 19th and is expected to draw about 1 million people. John Edwards also made a campaign stop at the fair today.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama watches the flame on the candle as he walks to the Brady Briefing Room to present cupcakes to Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas in honor of her birthday, August 4, 2009. Thomas, who turned 89,  shares the same birthday as Obama, who turned 48 years old. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama watches the flame on the candle as he walks to the Brady Briefing Room to present cupcakes to Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas in honor of her birthday, Aug. 4, 2009. Thomas, who turned 89, shares the same birthday as the President, who turned 48. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama, with daughter Sasha, looks at the card given  to him during a birthday party with his staff in the Roosevelt Room of the White House,  August 4, 2009.  Daughter Malia nd First Lady Michelle Obama look on at left.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama, with daughter Sasha, looks at the card given to him during a birthday party with his staff in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on Aug. 4, 2009. Daughter Malia and First Lady Michelle Obama look on at left. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama meets with advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 4, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama holds the birthday card given to him during a group photo with interns on the South Portico of the White House, August 3, 2009.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama holds the birthday card given to him during a group photo with interns on the South Portico of the White House. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama presents cupcakes with a candle to Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas in honor of her birthday in the James Brady Briefing Room, August 4, 2009. Thomas, who turned 89 , shares the same birthday as Obama, who turne 48 years old. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama presents cupcakes with a candle to Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas in honor of her birthday in the James Brady Briefing Room, on Aug. 4, 2009. Thomas, who turned 89, shares the same birthday as the President, who turned 48. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama points out cake crumbs on the floor to Vice President Joe Biden following a birthday celebration in Oval Office,  August 4, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama jokingly points out cake crumbs that Vice President Joe Biden dropped on the floor in the Oval Office following a birthday celebration for the President on Aug. 4, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama tries out the fly fishing rod given to him on his birthday by a group of avid fisherman on his staff, August 4, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama tries out the fly fishing rod given to him on his birthday by a group of avid fisherman on his staff, on Aug. 4, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, sit for a  family portrait in the Green Room of the White House, Sept. 1, 2009. (Official White House Photo) Photo by Annie Leibovitz/Released by White House Photo Office This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

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119 Responses to “Rise And Shine: Happy Birthday, President Obama!”


  1. 1 Allison
    August 4, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Good Morning President Obama!! Happy Birthday to you. The very BEST President the USA has ever had!

    GM TOD Family!!

  2. 4 FoxfireTX
    August 4, 2015 at 8:15 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY President Obama! And good day to everyone at TOD!

    • 5 Judith Fardig
      August 4, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Looks like Foxfire and Allison came in the door together on this fantastic birthday post. Thanks for the joyful pictures, NW. The first one made me start singing, “I’ve got a hammer…”

  3. 6 Nerdy Wonka
    August 4, 2015 at 8:19 am

  4. 7 Ceb
    August 4, 2015 at 8:21 am

    GM, TOD ohana.

    Happy 54 to 44; the best president of all. Thank you for all that you have done for the USA and the world. May Gid continue to bless and keep you.

  5. 8 Grab a Mop Grace
    August 4, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Happy Birthday Mr. President! GM TOD ers.
    NW, thank you for the photos of the First Family. I can’t take my eyes off of them. What a stunningly beautiful family!
    Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone.

  6. 11 pkayden
    August 4, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Gorgeous kid. Gorgeous man. Really enjoying those lovely photos of our handsome President.

  7. August 4, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Thanks for the amazing coverage coverage Nerdy. I never worry if I can’t see everything live. It’s always here at TOD.

  8. 15 desertflower
    August 4, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Good Tuesday morning! Happy Birthday, Mr. President! Many. many more….hope the day is wonderful, spent with family, friends and people that see the light on the Iran Deal:) Love you and your beautiful family:)

  9. 16 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

    G’morning Nerdy, TOD, even amk, lurkers, and congrats Allison on #1! 🙂

    Happy Tuesday everyone, and wishing our President a very special HAPPY 54TH BIRTHDAY!!! 🙂
    #44Turns54

  10. 17 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I would love for us to do a #44Turns54 Twitter bomb at some point today! 🙂

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      August 4, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      🙂 I like this idea, Hf. You should set a time and then spread the word.

      • 19 hopefruit2
        August 4, 2015 at 12:47 pm

        I just checked and apparently, Twitter has beaten me to it….our President’s birthday is the #2 trend (after the promoted one)!!!

        Trends · Change
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        Happy Birthday Mr. President
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  11. 21 Sophia
    August 4, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Good morning TOD! Happy Birthday President Obama, wishing you all the best 🙂

  12. 22 jackiegrumbacher
    August 4, 2015 at 8:47 am

    All these lovely photos make it seem as if it’s our birthday as well as the President’s. Couldn’t ask for a better present myself. Thank you, Nerdy, for starting the day in such a glorious way.

  13. August 4, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Rise and shine – it’s a beautiful day when President Obama is our president! The world rejoices with us! Looking over those pictures reminds me of something that happens every year in my second grade class. I read two to three books aloud almost every day and I always introduce them by saying, “This is one of my favorite books”, because I just have a lot of books I love to share with them. Eventually as soon as I pick up a book they’ll chorus, “It’s her favorite book”! At the end of the year they were doing a group reflection on second grade and someone wrote, “Mrs. Foster’s favorite book: ALL OF THEM!” And that’s exactly how I feel about these pictures. The joy and light and goodness of the man shines out of every one and even though I try to pick, they are ALL my favorites! Thanks for this beautiful gift to us, Nerdy. And Happy Birthday, my President!!!! ::Jumping up and down and waving::

  14. 25 sherijr
    August 4, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Happy Birthday Mr. President, wishing you a long and beautiful life with all the goodness you’ve given us 🙂

  15. 26 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    August 4, 2015 at 9:01 am

    HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA…WE ARE SO BLESSED TO HAVE YOU IN THE WHITEHOUSE….YOU ARE LOVED BY ALL OF US AND YOUR INTEGRITY AND GRACE SERVES AS AN AWESOME EXAMPLE IN THIS OPINIONATED AND BIASED WORLD…WE HAVE THE BEST PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY WILL EVER SEE!..I LOVE MY ENERGIZER PBO…AND THANK YOU SO FOR THE PRICELESS PIX!…THEY WARM MY HEART!

  16. August 4, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Poll: Clinton’s favorability takes a major hit

    Hillary Clinton’s favorability is sinking further underwater, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday night.

    The Democratic presidential candidate is viewed unfavorably by 48 percent of likely voters, compared with 37 percent who view her favorably.

    Her ratings are down significantly from the last NBC/WSJ poll in June, when 44 percent viewed Clinton favorably versus 40 percent who viewed her unfavorably.

    These numbers will certainly add to the consternation already permeating Democratic circles following a recent Quinnipiac University poll which showed Clinton’s favorability drowning in key swing states.

    NBC News points out that Clinton’s fav/unfav ratio, while worse than Barack Obama’s throughout his presidency, is identical to her husband Bill Clinton’s score heading into the Democratic nomination in ’92.

    Pollster Bill McInturff compared Clinton’s campaign to a battleship able to withstand several torpedo strikes, “but there has been a torpedo that has hit something, and there are some leaks.”

    Despite her low favorability numbers, Clinton remains the clear frontrunner among the current field of Democratic presidential candidates.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/poll-clintons-favorability-takes-a-major-hit/ar-BBlmWwe?ocid=HPCDHP

    • 28 jackiegrumbacher
      August 4, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Rikyrah, it’s in the interest of all of these right leaning pollsters to issue dire warnings about HRC and do everything in their power to undermine her so that people see one of the Republican clowns as an acceptable alternative. I’m not a Hillary fan, but I don’t trust anything being said about her at this point.

    • August 4, 2015 at 9:23 am

      To be fair, this poll was taken just after the hit piece, the LYING piece of the NYT on Hillary. Her numbers could rebound a bit . I’m no big fan of the Clintons, but I don’t like t when somebody is treated unfairly. The constant sniping at her, while republican candidates – who are either imbeciles or crooks – are left alone, is shameful.

      That being said, democrats should indeed be concerned. I’ve always thought that Hillary’s support was very fragile, and that independents wouldn’t be so eager to vote the Clintons back into the WH. If she is the nominee, Hillary will face a serious challenge against anybody else than Jeb Bush. People want “someone new”.

  17. August 4, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  18. August 4, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President!! 🙂

  19. 35 Roberta in MN
    August 4, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Thank you Nerdy for the great coverage of our Presidents years. He is a marvel to behold. Good Morning TOD Family.

  20. 37 PrayerWarriorforObama
    August 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Happy birthday to President Obama, a man who is wise, compassionate and humane. He is the most respected and loved leader in the world. May Prosperity, good health and long life be his, along with his family.

  21. 38 GGail
    August 4, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.
    Thanks NW for allowing us to share PBO’s birthday with him 😘

  22. August 4, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I just luv celebrating the President’s Birthday on TheObamaDiary. It’s like a “party over here”

  23. August 4, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Good morning, NW and OBOTs!!

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday to our beloved POTUS!!!! Sweet, the VP is having lunch with him.

  24. 42 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    August 4, 2015 at 9:12 am

    OUR ENERGIZER PRESIDENT WILL BE A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW..THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN DO THAT IS HIS BROTHER JOE! THE REPUBLICANS ARE ALREADY IN GREAT FEAR OF SUCH A POSSIBILITY!…..I HOPE MY PRESIDENT IS TUCKING IN SOME WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY MOMENTS TODAY…WISH I WAS THERE TO LIGHT A CANDLE!

  25. 43 Allison
    August 4, 2015 at 9:15 am

  26. August 4, 2015 at 9:19 am

    GOOD MORNING!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT!! 😄😄😄😄😄

    • 45 jackiegrumbacher
      August 4, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Hey, GB, I hear it’s your birthday this week as well. I hope it’s a great one for you and you take the time to indulge in all the things you love. I don’t know how to feature a cake, but I wish you a Happy Birthday with all my heart!

    • 47 0388jojothecat
      August 4, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Good Morning TOD Family, and if you are lurking Chips you too hope you are enjoying your vacay.

      Happy Birthday Mr. President and our very own GoB 🙂

  27. 49 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Does anyone want to do a Twitter bomb celebrating our President’s birthday with #44Turns54? Starting at 12noon ET or alternatively at around 5PM (ET)?

  28. 52 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    August 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

    OFF TO ERRANDS TODAY AND TO PAY A MEDICAL BILL….OUR INSUR..THE INDIANAPOLIS METRO POLICE DEPT. DOES NOT DO A GOOD JOB WITH ITS INSURANCE OR PAYING ITS OFFICERS. MY HUSBAND HAD TO PUT AN OFFICE PART ON OUR CHARGE CARD TO GET IT ON TIME…I TOLD HIM TO GET THE DARN CHECK FROM THE CHIEF TO PAY THE BILL OR I AM GOING TO THE CHIEF…THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME…BALLARD HAS ROBBED GRANT MONEY FROM IMPD…HE’S GETTING OUT BEFORE THEY FIND IT ALL AND HE HAS TO WEAR AN ORANGE SUIT…BBL……………..

  29. 53 tnmtngirl
    August 4, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Bringing this over since I did it at bottom of last thread. Have a great day. I’m off to my Tuesday food pantry volunteering.

    Good morning, TOD. Happy and Blessed Birthday, Mr. President. I have mentioned before that one of my daily devotional books is Joshua DuBois’s “The President’s Devotional.” Today’s devotion is based on Galatians 6:9: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Joshua uses an example of traveling and working with Rev. Joseph Lowery. At an event in Iowa, someone thanked him for fighting for “the younger generation.” Rev. Lowery replied that he wasn’t just fighting for the younger folks……..and said that “I’ve got a lot of life left and I’m fighting for me too.” The prayer asks for energy for new struggles we face every day. At the very bottom of the page is says: This devotion was sent to PO on his birthday. How very appropriate–PO never seems to grow weary. (Well, except in the case of gun safety.) He never grows weary of doing good. He never gives up. And, nearly every time, he reaps the good harvest. (He wins.)

    Keep doing good, Mr. President!!!!! May God bless and keep you.

  30. August 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

    #TrustBarack ….. and be eternally grateful he was born on this day 54 years ago!!!

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  33. 70 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2015 at 9:41 am

  34. August 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Good advice …. 😉

  35. August 4, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Good morning Nerdy, Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Tuesday morning. Congrats Allison, on being first this morning.

    My Daughter shares a birthday with President Obama. Happy Birthday to both. 🎂🎇🎉 🎂🎇🎉 🎂🎇🎉

    To all, I hope you have an absolutely charming and exciting day today ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  36. August 4, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Happy Birthday to our President

  37. 78 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I love this article on PBO from MTV! 🙂

    // President Barack Obama, who turns 54 today, is the realest commander-in-chief ever, period. Whether he’s talking about guacamole or gun control, he does it with candor, grace and style that’s inimitable. To celebrate his special day, we’ve put together a list of 13 our favorite, realest moments that only the POTUS could deliver.

    http://www.mtv.com/news/2230741/happy-birthday-president-obama-no-chill/

  38. August 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

    and the GOP will continue its efforts to dismantle them…

  39. 81 Vicki
    August 4, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Thank you, Nerdy for this gallery of Barack Obama at all stages of his life. A perfect Birthday salute.
    Good morning to all at TOD.
    BBL

  40. 83 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2015 at 9:57 am

    • 84 Vicki
      August 4, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Yes, hopefruit.
      This morning Ed Rendell echoed David Axelrod’s view we heard yesterday.
      The Dem Establishment favoring HRC is busy warning VP Biden that he doesn’t want to end his public career by losing to HRC. Their talking point is that Joe won’t run because he knows he won’t win.

      I would expect to hear this idea echoed by the media and the DNC.

      VP Biden will do as he sees fit and ignore the noise as i will now attempt to do.

  41. 88 vcprezofan2
    August 4, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Woot-woot, the party’s already in full swing! What an array, Ms NerdyW – great stuff! Merci, mille fois!

    Greetings, all you party-ers! Despite its ups and downs, life’s good….right?

  42. 91 kid kanga
    August 4, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Happy bday to our president today! of course at TOD it feels like our bday here as well. Cake and pie for all, huzzah!

  43. 92 sabreen60
    August 4, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Good Morning TODers! Nerdy, “you did good”, again!

    Happy Birthday President Obama. I love you dearly. You make my heart sing!

  44. August 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Good Morning! Happy Birthday President Obama!
    Hope you get sweet potato pie!

  45. 94 desertflower
    August 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Did you see the photo with all the PIES lined up for his birthday celebration?? 🙂 🙂

  46. August 4, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Thank you NW for all your work putting this together! 😊

  47. 97 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2015 at 10:35 am

    LOL – that would be more of a gift to America, not really a gift to PBO! 🙂

  48. 98 amk for obama
    August 4, 2015 at 10:39 am

    so, hoo’s b’day party is this?

  49. 99 57andfemale
    August 4, 2015 at 10:40 am

    any news on the clown bus forum last night?

  50. 101 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Mark Knoller is obssessed with PBO’s birthday cake…ROTFL

  51. 104 Judith Fardig
    August 4, 2015 at 10:43 am

  52. 106 JER
    August 4, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Good Morning NW and TOD.

  53. August 4, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Allison, Congratulations on first! I’m only over two hours late!

  54. 110 Dakota
    August 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

    What a great photo selection Nerdy! Thank you so much.

    Happy Birthday President Obama!

  55. August 4, 2015 at 11:07 am

    PBO’s twitter page has floating balloons!

    https://twitter.com/POTUS

  56. 115 57andfemale
    August 4, 2015 at 11:08 am

  57. 116 JER
    August 4, 2015 at 11:10 am

  58. 118 Nena20409
    August 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    A truly Beautiful Post, NW.
    Happy Birthday, Pres Barack H. Obama.
    Thank you, Mr. President.
    In the Era…Arc of President Obama, it wonderfully bends straight #FORWARD!

  59. August 4, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Nerdy, {{{{{{{{{Thank you for all that you do for all of us here in the TOD family.}}}}}}}}}} And a BIG Happy Birthday to the best President EVER! HZ


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