Obama celebrates birthday with golf, terror briefing

Dylan Stableford
Yahoo! NewsAugust 4, 2013

President Barack Obama turned 52 on Sunday, celebrating part of his birthday at Camp David after spending Saturday golfing with friends.

The White House didn't say exactly how the commander in chief celebrated his birthday, issuing a happy birthday tweet that included a vintage photo of a then-43-year-old Obama:




That left the White House pool report understandably thin upon his return.

"Marine One touched down at 1:58 and he was back in the White House by 2," the National Journal's George Condon wrote in his Sunday pool report. "[Obama] was wearing a casual jacket and an open-collared blue shirt. When someone shouted 'Happy Birthday,' he smiled and waved, one of several waves toward the cameras as he entered the White House. No birthday cakes or party hats were evident."

Obama's birthday celebration actually began last week, when a group of American Legion students sang "Happy Birthday" to the president during a visit to the East Room:

Meanwhile, Organizing for Action, the non-profit advocacy group, asked supporters to sign an e-card for the president and, of course, to donate money to its progressive agenda.

It wasn't a total birthday respite for Obama, however. Earlier Sunday, Susan Rice, the president's National Security Advisor, met with top FBI and counterterrorism officials to review the threat that led to the closure of 21 U.S. embassies and consulates over the weekend.

The White House said the president has been receiving frequent briefings from Rice and Lisa Monaco, assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, on the potential threat. Obama was briefed by Rice and Monaco after Sunday's meeting.