“Happy Birthday…..Mister President!”


It’s President Obama’s birthday next week. He’ll be 49. And Michelle Obama wants us all to sign his birthday card.

Well, probably not all of us. She’s probably happy not to hear from, say, Ricochet Members. On the other hand, it seems like a good opportunity for us to wish the man a happy birthday, and maybe add a thought or two — a polite thought or two — in the box provided. Maybe just a “Happy Birthday, Mr. President. Please stop spending my money so fast,” or something.

I’m sure something will come to you. The link is here.

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  1. Profile Photo Member

    I can only imagine the wonderful things in store for me when the President has my email address!

    I don’t suppose we can play Pin the Tail On the Donkey?

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  2. Profile Photo Inactive

    My message, “Happy Birthday, Mr. President. You’ll only have two more on the taxpayers’ dime, so make it a good one.”

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    Mine said “hang in there, kid. sure you’ll figure it out eventually. Many happies.” And, Hell, I’m younger than he is.

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  4. Profile Photo Member

    Happy Very Early Retirement, Mr. President….

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  5. Profile Photo Member

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President, from a college-aged Republican. Hey, maybe in a couple of years, I can sign your retirement card too.

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    Happy birthday, and here’s the bust of Lenin you asked me for.

    I love you,


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    Happy Birthday Mr. President. BTW, do have any documentary evidence to support your claim?

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    ~Paules: Happy Birthday Mr. President. BTW, do have any documentary evidence to support your claim? · Jul 27 at 3:52pm

    Very very funny.

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    Jim Lindgren, at Volokh, is too creeped out for birthday wishes:

    I find it hard to say precisely why I find this email a bit creepy. At one level this seems innocuous enough–and it is definitely not a big thing.

    At another level, asking millions of Americans to sign a birthday card for the President suggests a tone-deafness about the cult of personality. If we lived in a dictatorship, getting millions of subjects to celebrate the Dear Leader’s birthday would be routine, but in a free republic this appeal to get millions of citizens to celebrate a current president’s birthday strikes a discordant note to my ear.

    No, I am not saying we are in a dictatorship; I am saying that because we are not, we should not be emulating the trappings characteristic of that fundamentally different sort of regime. Nor do I think this is particularly ominous, just a very small step in the wrong direction.

    Last, it seems strange for Michelle Obama to be trying to get us to sign Barack’s birthday card when she is scheduled to be in Spain with [at least one of] her daughters during the President’s birthday.

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