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Barack Obama and Helen Thomas Celebrate Birthday Together


Today is Barack Obama's birthday (his 48th). It's also the birthday of veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas (she's 89), and Obama surprised her in the press room. Watch,

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  1. It's sweet that he acknowledged her on her birthday. She's been such a staple there for so long. Out Prez sure loves being in front of the camera though. It's OK, he's cute.

    Posted by: Gary | Aug 4, 2009 2:52:41 PM

  2. Smart move by the president considering Helen Thomas recently slammed his administration's handling of the press.

    PS: Which one in the picture is Towleroad commenter Mike Skiff? He is a full-time member of the White House Press Corp, no?

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 4, 2009 3:09:17 PM

  3. "Out Prez...."

    "Out"? What are you trying to tell us, Gary? Who outed him? Oh, poor Michelle.

    That's a Leo for you...nobody in the world matters but them. Well, I still love him-- even if he is one of those typical butch "down low" Leos. But then, what does that make Helen Thomas? Leos can be long as you keep a chair and whip nearby.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 4, 2009 3:39:12 PM

  4. Bill Clinton has secured the freedom of the 2 US detainees in N Korea

    Kudos all around, diplomacy works. ;-)

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Aug 4, 2009 4:03:05 PM

  5. LOL @ Derrick. That's the ironic typo of the day ;)

    Posted by: Gary | Aug 4, 2009 4:05:09 PM

  6. PS

    Why is it that former Dem presidents seem to great things post their terms in office

    Jimmy Carter monitoring elections in the world, habitat for humanity, etc

    Bill Clinton

    repub former presidents seem to just walk their dogs and pick up poop


    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Aug 4, 2009 4:08:47 PM

  7. It's nice to see Obama being nice to HThomas (especially since Dubya was such a dick to her).

    Posted by: JohnnyP | Aug 4, 2009 4:37:13 PM

  8. Uh oh. He bowed to Helen when he first presented those cupcakes. And again when he kissed her. First the Saudi King, and now Helen Thomas? The rightwing is going to be all over this!! :)

    Posted by: Keith | Aug 4, 2009 6:05:55 PM

  9. Very cute. I adore her.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 4, 2009 6:35:39 PM

  10. it's nice that he honored her on her 438th birthday

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 4, 2009 8:06:06 PM

  11. Today is not just Obama's birthday, but also the date when the Nazis unfortunately found and captured Anne Frank and her family after they were ratted out.

    Well, at least one pleasant thing happened in the world on this day in the past -- Happy Birthday to the wonderful Helen Thomas!

    Posted by: paul c | Aug 4, 2009 8:53:19 PM

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