With Michelle and Sasha on a trip to Spain, and Malia at camp, President Barack Obama isn’t celebrating his birthday with family. Instead, he has a busy itinerary ending with a dinner with ‘friends’ held in Chicago. After a recent poll conducted by CNN/Opinion Research it was found that “more than a quarter of the public have doubts about Obama’s citizenship, with 11 percent saying Obama was definitely not born in the United States and another 16 percent saying the president was probably not born in the country.” This raises a lot of questions on his birthday. Keith Koffler of Politico tells us why Obama’s birthday is not a cause for national celebration:
Today is President Barack Obama’s 49th birthday, which the president seems to think is an unhappy day. He has taken to lamenting his fading youth and graying hair, showing all the signs of a midlife crisis — minus the red Corvette. But unfortunately for the rest of us, his supporters are busy making Aug. 4 a sad day for the country by trying to turn the occasion into a kind of national celebration.
In an effort to drum up enthusiasm — and increase membership — the political operatives who run Organizing for America, an activist group devoted to the president, are set to stage hundreds of birthday parties around the country, giving Obama’s day of birth the feel of a holiday.
OFA members are being urged to bake birthday cakes, photograph them and send the image to OFA’s website for its blog. A letter from first lady Michelle Obama, posted on the Democratic National Committee website, directs people to the OFA site, where they can sign a “birthday card” for the president.
We don’t, as a country, generally celebrate our politicians’ birthdays, except for a chosen few — like George Washington or Abraham Lincoln.
Other nations, founded on nationalism, religion or rigid ideologies, reaffirm their existence by glorifying rulers they believe embody these notions. They have constructed palaces to celebrate them during their lifetimes and embalm them in mausoleums to maintain their presence after death.
Continues at Politico …