Archive for Monday, July 7, 2008

Bush celebrates 62nd birthday on the fly

July 7, 2008


— Wedged between America's Independence Day and a summit of world leaders, President Bush's 62nd birthday got shortchanged this year.

His advisers tried hard to mark his milestone.

As he flew to Japan, White House press advisers quietly gathered in a darkened conference room aboard Air Force One. A steward stuck a single candle in a coconut cake. Bush and first lady Laura Bush were invited inside.

"Surprise! Happy Birthday!" they exclaimed.

"He dutifully pretended to be surprised," press secretary Dana Perino said.

The party for his birthday Sunday was informal; the gift was not.

The staff presented him with a wooden box made from a giant oak tree that fell on the White House lawn in 2007. Some of the wood from the tree, planted by Benjamin Harrison's daughter in 1892, had been sent to Texas to be fashioned into a box about 12-by-18 inches. They filled it with notes and cards from members of his senior staff.

Bush's birthday also was recognized early, as it has been in the past, on the Fourth of July at the White House where people gather on the South Lawn to watch fireworks.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 9 months ago

Why doesn't Dubya give the country a birthday gift and take early retirement.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 9 months ago

"Bush Derrangement Syndrome!"That is actually a better descriptor for the 22%ers' who still haven't caught on what a disaster he's been. But I wonder, how low can he go? Will he dip below 20% approval rating before he leaves office? Probably not-- that 22% require treatment for mental illness they likely won't get in the next 6 months.

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