Thursday, August 4, 2011

MACTV News: Obama to celebrate 50th birthday, Posted by Menelik Zeleke

 



U.S. President Barack Obama marks his 50th birthday on Thursday (August 4) with a celebration and reflection.


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STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama hits the half-century mark on Thursday (August 4), his 50th birthday.

Birthday celebrations are set to begin on Wednesday (August 3) evening in Chicago, where a party is planned for a campaign fundraising event hosted by the Democratic National Committee.

Among the guests will be Chicago music stars Jennifer Hudson and Herbie Hancock, who will perform at the party.

Outside the party, the uninvited will include tea party activists who plan to rally for more jobs.

Born in Hawaii in 1961, Obama took power in 2009 as the first black U.S. president after an inauguration ceremony that drew hundreds of thousands of people to the National Mall grounds.

Obama's birthday party comes just one day after he signed into law a deal to raise the debt ceiling and avoid default on U.S. obligations.

The hard-fought compromise could be yet another reason why the president's hair has turned from black to a shade of gray since entering the White House.

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