President Barack Obama’s birthday is today. However, he was serenaded by an auditorium full of people at Town Hall on August 3. You can literally feel the love in the room.
Several announcements have been made about President Obama’s birthday. He turns 55 years of age today. It seems like age 47 was not so long ago, right? Barack Obama’s birthday commemorates almost eight years in office.
And at his Young Africans Leaders Initiative (YALI) Town Hall meeting, Obama gave a moving speech but not before receiving a very warm welcome from nearly 1,000 African visitors in Washington D.C.
Here’s a short clip from Obama’s birthday sing-along.
YALI Town Hall – Barack Obama’s “Happy Birthday” Welcome
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 3, 2016
According to Voice of America, the African congregation was in Washington D.C. as part of the YALI summit.
“Obama launched the [program] six years ago to support an emerging generation of young African entrepreneurs, activists and public officials,” says the source.
During the talk, Barack Obama mentioned that “Africa is a place of unprecedented prosperity and opportunities.”
Likewise, more than any other United States president, Obama have visited sub-Saharan Africa four times during his terms in office.
“I’ve worked to transform America’s relationship with Africa by working to boost exports with Africa, promote good governance and human rights, advance security and help feed families,” says President Barack.
So, in case you were wondering, this is why so many were in attendance and able to sing “Happy Birthday” to President Barack Obama.
President Obama at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) town hall in Washington, Aug. 3 - Pete Souza pic.twitter.com/7zMB6owbIW— GoldenCouple (@TRH_WandC) August 4, 2016
Yet, there’s no word on how Obama will spend his birthday when he is out of public view. Sure, President Barack’s official schedule is always posted on the White House’s website with day-to-day updates.
However, everyone — even the POTUS — has a personal life and doesn’t want to spend his entire birthday running the country, right?
According to the White House, Barack Obama’s agenda seems a bit full. The source notes that he’ll have a closed to the press morning briefing, as well as a closed to the press luncheon with the vice president.
“Afterward, the President and the Vice President will travel to the Pentagon to participate in a National Security Council Meeting on the counter-ISIL campaign,” notes the White House. “The President will chair the meeting and receive an update from his national security team on the campaign to degrade and destroy the terrorist group.”
Then, after that, Obama will hold a press conference from the Pentagon Briefing Room.
Really, where does he find the time to celebrate?
Nevertheless, if President Barack’s past birthdays are any indication of how he’ll spend his 55th, it might be spent at Camp David.
It seems to be Barack Obama‘s birthday preference.
“The Presidential retreat in Maryland seems to be a favorite place for him to ruminate about getting older,” says ABC News. The source mentions three other times Barack Obama has spent his birthday at Camp David.
And speaking of “getting older,” just five years ago, President Obama mentioned this very thing to Michel Martian of National Public Radio (NPR).
“You know, I feel real good about 5-0. The — obviously, I’ve gotten a little grayer since I took this job but otherwise, I feel pretty good. And Michelle, you know, says that, you know, she — she — she still thinks I’m, I’m cute, you know. And I guess that’s — that’s all that matters, isn’t it?”
When asked if he wanted anything else for his birthday, Barack Obama expressed that he would love to acquire the debt-ceiling deal he was pursuing at the time, as well as some French fries and a nice B-day burger.
If you’d like to listen to Barack Obama’s birthday clip from the NPR interview, the full audio is located here.
And while President Barack has accumulated a few more gray hairs over the years, First Lady Michelle offers no complaints.
All in all, this will be Obama’s last birthday in office as POTUS. Surely, he might go out with a five-star celebration, right?
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