Gotta Watch: Happy birthday, Mr. President
President Obama turns 50-years-old today.
August 4th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Happy birthday, Mr. President

Barack Obama turns 50 today.  In honor of his birthday, Gotta Watch is looking back at some memorable presidential birthday celebrations. From the Reagans' birthday cake superstition to George H. W. Bush's celebratory skydive, watch how commanders-in-chief have commemorated their birthdays.

Obama turns 50 – The nation's first president from Generation X turns 50 years old today. Chicago native Jennifer Hudson helped lead a superstar serenade for President Obama in his adopted home state.

Never too old for politics – Two days before his actual birthday, Ronald Reagan's wife surprised him with a birthday cake during a press conference. Nancy Reagan led journalists in a birthday serenade. But when one questioned whether the president was too old to run for a second term, the first lady offered him a piece of cake and slyly suggested where he should put it.

Bush's daring jump – He must be a thrill seeker. Former president George H.W. Bush marked his 85th birthday by skydiving. It wasn't his first jump. No. 41 had parachuted six times before and has plans to do it again at age 90.

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  1. K. Steele

    Happy Birthday, Prez. Relevantly, as someone turning 50 years old in 2011, Obama is part of Generation Jones – that generation between the Boomers and Generation X, born 1954-1965. This generational component is underplayed, although when you google around, you find that the Generation Jones concept and term has become surprisingly widely used by top national media outlets.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. KB

    Happy Birthday Mr. President!

    August 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    YES , WE CAN...YES , WE CAN...WE WILL WIN IN WAR ON TERROR (30 whities or what are terrorists will never come back alive...thank you lord....aaamen).

    What do you mean tragedy! It was just a birthday present for planet apes president !!! That's all ! Feels great to flip hamburgers and hip hop atop of good news...makes you feel vibrant and energized !!!

    ARIZONA = UTOYA = GOVERNMENT‘S "AFTERLIFE" CASH & $$ FLASH MOB (there was no shooting in Utoya or Arizona, but instead tear gas and on faces of multiculturalism maniacs while calling you a terrorists) !!! or


    Whitie is fighting war on terrorism just to come home and be pronounced as terrorist...turned in Timothy, jobless, homeless ...YESSS, WE CAN...YESSS, WE CAN...GABBY OPENED HER EYES (Obaminator’s psychotic speech in Tucson = failed “Apocalypse Now“)


    Don't worry O(s)bama, you have just saved USA what is lots of Dollars in your DEBT DEALS(DEAD AND ILL) as those best of America or Navy Seals would also grew older and then you already know how it goes !!!

    August 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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