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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Happy Birthday Mr. President

President Bush celebrates 62nd Birthday enroute to Japan.

While flying to Japan to attend the G-8 Summit of Industrial Nations, President Bush was surprised aboard Air Force One with a coconut cake with a single candle. Quite a change from his 60th birthday which was celebrated in the White House with the most amazing chocolate cake, or his 55th birthday in July, 2001 which he celebrated on July 4th at a Block Party in Philadelphia.

Even though the celebration was quiet, President Bush did get a nice welcome to Japan:

President George W. Bush and Laura Bush are welcomed on their arrival Sunday, July 6, 2008 to the New Chitose International Airport, to attend the Group of Eight Summit in Toyako, Japan. White House photo by Eric Draper

The President had an opportunity for cake a few days earlier on July 1 when he unexpectedly showed up at a 7 year old girl's party in Little Rock, Arkansas:

President George W. Bush unexpectedly drops by Mabry Meadors 7th birthday party Tuesday, July 1, 2008 in Little Rock Arkansas. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
From the Arkansas Democrat Gazette:

As Bush barreled down University Avenue to head to Air Force One, it seemed there would be little public mingling.

But someone was having a birthday.

And to the clear discomfort of a suddenly swamped Secret Service detail, the motorcade stopped at University and South Country Club Boulevard.

A crowd swarmed and stretched out its hands. Reporters and photographers scrambled. And Mabry Meadors and her friends shrieked. They’d been celebrating her birthday with a water slide a few houses away.

Bush joined them, but just for a picture.

Meadors’ father, Mark, said in a telephone interview that the revelers had waved to the motorcade on its way in. The stop on the way out was a nice surprise.

“It was a pretty neat deal that a 7-year-old, on her birthday, gets to meet a sitting president,” the 40-year-old insurance agent said. “She was somewhat speechless.” Said Mabry, “He said hello.” Information for this article was contributed by Andy Boyle and Sean Sposito of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Happy Birthday Mr. President!
and Thank You!

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