August 5, 2009 in Nation/World

Obama turns 48, shares cupcakes

Associated Press
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Birthday celebrants President Barack Obama, 48, and Helen Thomas, 89.
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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama celebrated his own birthday by leading the White House press corps in singing Happy Birthday to veteran reporter Helen Thomas.

Thomas and Obama shared a birthday on Tuesday, with the president turning 48 and the reporter turning 89.

Obama carried cupcakes to the daily briefing. Thomas is a columnist with Hearst Newspapers.

Obama sat beside Thomas for a picture after she blew out one candle and said she told him her birthday wishes were “world peace and a real health care reform bill.”

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