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. michaelfury

    August 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Happy Birthday Mr. President.
    God Bless America.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. loretta spear

    Happy Birthday Mr. President!

    You are doing an awesome task, go forth and move those mountains........

    August 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Grumplestiltskin

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

    August 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |

    happy birthday... thanks for ruining our country...

    August 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • delilahjones

      Uh – no! that would be your boy, Dubya!

      August 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RinTinNIn

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President! Now it's time to dig in your heels and fight . . .

    August 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dooleywhop

    Happy Birthday President Obama!
    Hope your day is going well.

    August 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nadia Ullrich

    Happy Birthday Mr. Prrsident. Thanks for being in this world

    August 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat2u

    Happ Birthday Mr. President. Thank you for being our president and trying to put our country. the right direction. ROCK ON

    August 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mj

    Big deal. We all have a Birthday every year. How about those jobs? The only job Obama cares about is his own.

    August 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fernace

    Happy Birthday to you, President Barack Hussein Obama! Thanks for your hard work, but do you & your party think you can start being a bit more forceful, toward the crazy idea spouting teabags, & repubs who back their antics! Working class American people would really appreciate it! Otherwise have a great B-Day with your family & friends!!

    August 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. yada

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President. Hang in there. It's gotta be a dificult job trying to run this country. God Bless.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. yada

    And there is no shame in using a little Grecian Formula. You are a very handsome man.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kim Malloy

    Hau 'oli Lahanau from Kona, HAWAII~ gonna smoke a fattie in your honor at 4:20p.m. boss!

    August 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CCB

    Happy birthday Mr President. Hakuna Matata so go for it. Have fun.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
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