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June 22, 2012 5:26 PM   Subscribe

President Obama: Birthday Cake Giver-in-Chief (12-photo slideshow)
posted by beagle (58 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
The one with Biden is priceless.
posted by Brocktoon at 5:32 PM on June 22, 2012 [26 favorites]


Qu'ils mangent de la brioche
posted by The White Hat at 5:38 PM on June 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Damn it, Joe, stop getting crumbs on the floor!
posted by asnider at 5:40 PM on June 22, 2012 [7 favorites]


For the sake of balance.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 5:40 PM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Pic 11 is my fave. The perfect blend of cupcakes and gravitas.
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:44 PM on June 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


furiousxgeorge: "of balance."

It weirds me out when Mitt looks at me.
posted by gman at 5:46 PM on June 22, 2012 [11 favorites]


It has to be said: The cake is a lie.
posted by brina at 5:47 PM on June 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


The perfect blend of cupcakes and gravitas.

Sans tip.
posted by Mblue at 5:47 PM on June 22, 2012


The only thing that could make me happier is if he jumped out of the cake. Hail to the chief, baby!
posted by DarlingBri at 5:48 PM on June 22, 2012 [4 favorites]


Hey, President Obama, my birthday is in August! (I like chocolate.)
posted by cjorgensen at 5:50 PM on June 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


I am tired of these POTUS-gifting cakes on these Airforce 1-ing planes.
posted by cortex at 6:01 PM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Let them eat cake.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:01 PM on June 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Cakes for some. Drone missiles for others.
posted by anarch at 6:05 PM on June 22, 2012 [11 favorites]


furiousxgeorge: "of balance."

Mitt looks downright menacing in that photo.
posted by Hal Mumkin at 6:05 PM on June 22, 2012 [6 favorites]


Wow, I'm convinced. What a swell dude.
posted by dunkadunc at 6:06 PM on June 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


It weirds me out when Mitt looks at me.

That's a pretty strange photo.
posted by jacalata at 6:06 PM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


A bit more on the Biden one: it was taken on Obama's birthday August 4, 2009. Obama has in his had a box of Callaway golf balls, as can be seen on this hi-res version.
posted by beagle at 6:06 PM on June 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Jesus, Helen Thomas looks just like a caricature of herself in that last picture, doesn't she?
posted by Red Loop at 6:06 PM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Joe, wtf dude? This is why we can't have nice things."
posted by triggerfinger at 6:07 PM on June 22, 2012 [21 favorites]


"Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up? Let your friends know how important this election is to you—register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift. It’s a great way to support the President on your big day."
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:14 PM on June 22, 2012


Jesus, Helen Thomas looks just like a caricature of herself in that last picture, doesn't she?

That's actually just the Helen Thomas statue they commissioned from Seward Johnson to permanently occupy that chair.
posted by The World Famous at 6:23 PM on June 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up? Let your friends know how important this election is to you—register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift. It’s a great way to support the President on your big day."

I'm Barack Obama, and I approve this giant pile of Crate and Barrel crap.
posted by The World Famous at 6:25 PM on June 22, 2012


It weirds me out when Mitt looks at me.
posted by gman at 5:46 PM on June 22


Eponysterical?
posted by Talkie Toaster at 6:26 PM on June 22, 2012


In the cupcake one, it looks like Pres. Obama disapproves of the cupcake flavors. He's like, "I knew we should have gone with red velvet!"

Hint: always go with red velvet. Always.
posted by Aquifer at 6:27 PM on June 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Hey Obama, I also share a birthday with you. Where are my cupcakes? This is an important campaign issue for me.
posted by wildcrdj at 6:30 PM on June 22, 2012


♥___♥
posted by elizardbits at 6:30 PM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm tickled that Bon Appetit couldn't spell "president" in their own URL~ http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2012/06/predisent-obama-birthday-cake.html
posted by crepeMyrtle at 6:30 PM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Obama has in his had a box of Callaway golf balls, as can be seen on this hi-res version.

Neat! Can anyone identify the bag on the chair? I'm curious now.
posted by DarlingBri at 6:31 PM on June 22, 2012


Two shot, fallen.
President checks marks.
Buzz overhead
Seek out Kin.
Just for NY.
posted by Mblue at 6:42 PM on June 22, 2012


i thought the cupcake flavors were a joke about their birthdays/races. but, yeah, always red velvet.

and i would watch a sitcom/reality show about obama and biden. like "that's my bush" but even better.
posted by nadawi at 6:43 PM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


He should lean over the desk when springing the surprise on someone and ask "Cake or death?".
posted by arcticseal at 6:45 PM on June 22, 2012 [9 favorites]


jacalata: That's a pretty strange photo.

IT PUTS THE CAKE IN ITS MOUTH OR ELSE IT GETS THE HOSE AGAIN
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 6:45 PM on June 22, 2012 [13 favorites]


Jesus, Helen Thomas looks just like a caricature of herself in that last picture, doesn't she?

When nine-hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not.
posted by 2bucksplus at 6:52 PM on June 22, 2012 [14 favorites]


I was wondering if it was just me weirded out by the Romney picture. he is a weird dude.
posted by empath at 6:53 PM on June 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


I mean come on -- if you were a staffer and you were given the opportunity to have a nice framed photo of the pres personally bringing you a cake, wouldn't the be like the best thing ever? A person might put up with a lot of crap over a year for such a reward.
posted by Rhomboid at 6:55 PM on June 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Obama seems like he has a lot of fun when he's not sanctioning killings.
posted by notseamus at 6:59 PM on June 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


That does it. I am singing my misheard Decemberists lyric forever.

"And I'll be crowned the community cake-giver-out!"
posted by cmyk at 7:04 PM on June 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Needs more Biden. Damn, that pale khaki suit -- dude is the best-dressed guy in the executive branch since JFK.
posted by neroli at 7:09 PM on June 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


For some strange reason, I really enjoyed that.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 7:22 PM on June 22, 2012


This is not helping the deficit.
posted by goethean at 7:28 PM on June 22, 2012


The hi-res version of the Biden pic also seems to point to The offending crumbs being PIE crumbs as well. And the use of the word "crumbs" also seems to be a bit of a stretch, as Biden seems to have deposited an entire forkful of pie on the floor.

Spilled pie=Redistribution of wealth, golf balls = fealty to corporate overlords.

The entire scene is pretty much a picture perfect representation of this administration's socialist agenda and/or blind allegiance to their Wall st. puppet masters.
posted by billyfleetwood at 7:29 PM on June 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


Oh great. Now I want cake and I don't have any. Bastards.
posted by deborah at 7:39 PM on June 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I am totally loving Biden's suit. And after buying a suit today.

at least they have my measurements on file, I can get seersucker and white linen and khaki...
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:12 PM on June 22, 2012


Biden's..... birthday suit?
posted by blue_beetle at 8:14 PM on June 22, 2012


I knew Obama didn't really care about those of us who are allergic to gluten.

Guess I will be voting for Robert Burck.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 8:20 PM on June 22, 2012


Let them eat cakes...
posted by ennui.bz at 8:29 PM on June 22, 2012


I can't wait for my birthday this year!   :D
posted by mazola at 8:30 PM on June 22, 2012


As Chocolate Pickle mentioned above, President Obama's campaign has the incredibly gauche option to give a campaign contribution in lieu of gifts.

Sorry, Mr. President, I'd prefer to have my cake and eat it too.
posted by Frank Grimes at 9:20 PM on June 22, 2012


This set of images really made me smile. Not only does it show Barack's friendly and personable nature, but it also highlights something that many of us like which is BIRTHDAY CAKE!

It reminds me of an essay that I had to write in an American Literature and Film class. We had to discuss the importance of bowling in North American societies, the role that it played in families, and its symbolism in the movie "The Big Lebowski."

Both birthday cake and bowling alleys are part of the North American tradition, it seems.

People need to start having birthday celebrations at bowling alleys more often.

On that note: mmmm...cake! Oh, and the dude abides, Barack Obama! The dude abides.
posted by livinglearning at 11:04 PM on June 22, 2012


For some reason I laughed a great big belly laugh for about a minute solid when I saw that Biden photo. It's got so much in it. The expressions play perfectly to their public personas: Biden as the well-meaning affable bungler, Obama as the good-humored responsible guy who's really trying to take this whole Oval Office thing seriously, but who can't help but smirking at the absurdity of someone spilling their pie on the floor of such a serious place. The hand gesture: a joking "Look what you've done! Do you realize how ridiculous you are?" Biden's reaction: "Oh geez, look at that. No way to hide it now. I dun goofed again... what a riot."

The shot is so well-timed and well-composed. The pie and the crumbs are right there; it paints a completely real and human picture. Feels like getting a glimpse into a multi-layered and totally real moment.
posted by lostburner at 11:19 PM on June 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


For the sake of balance.

I was so hoping that would be a series of shots of Obama taking away people's birthday cakes.
posted by FatherDagon at 11:48 PM on June 22, 2012 [9 favorites]


Love the Biden photo. Pic #4 shows a big bowl of apples in the oval office, and looks like Rahm is enjoying 1. Just in case the anti-sugar folks get in a tizz.

Michelle Obama's pinterest has nice pictures. And I love the 1st picture in this series of Behind-the-scenes photographs of the Obama White House. #13 is kinda hilarious. I'm unhappy about more than a few of his decisions, but I generally respect Obama, and like him a lot; not my usual attitude about a politician. He either has a fabulous PR team (quite likely) or is actually a pretty terrific guy. both?
posted by theora55 at 9:37 AM on June 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


What is in Obama's hand in the Biden one? Looks like a box of teas?
posted by sweetkid at 12:06 PM on June 23, 2012


Calloway golf balls.
posted by arcticseal at 12:10 PM on June 23, 2012


Oh, makes sense. I thought teas were a bit pedestrian for a Prez to be carrying around.
posted by sweetkid at 1:03 PM on June 23, 2012


i imagine biden stole that pie from a windowsill. that is the real issue.
posted by camdan at 4:02 PM on June 23, 2012


For the sake of balance.

I was so hoping that would be a series of shots of Obama taking away people's millionaires' birthday cakes.

posted by aught at 6:10 AM on June 25, 2012


Great pics...
posted by davisc at 2:59 AM on June 26, 2012


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