President Obama turns 54. See past POTUS birthday celebrations.

President Barack Obama celebrated his 54th birthday on Tuesday, his seventh since he became the 44th commander-in-chief. There has been a lot of attention paid to the evolution of the president’s appearance since he took office. Sure, Obama has lost some of his youthful glow and gained a head of mostly gray hair – but he hasn’t lost his trademark sense of humor, especially when it comes to the aging process.

“Next week I’m signing an executive order to get off my lawn,” he quipped during remarks at the Gridiron Club and Foundation’s annual dinner in March. He referenced his date of birth on a more serious note Monday when rolling out new rules to regulate carbon emissions by power plants. ”Tomorrow’s my birthday, so I’m starting to reflect on age,” he said.

As a nation we don’t get to see our presidents have fun and relax too often, but their birthdays are an exception to the rule. Looking back at images of our country’s leaders commemorating their special day is a reminder that they are still human and appreciate taking a moment to bask in a more collegial spotlight.

Then, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., serves birthday cake to the press corps on his birthday while in flight, Aug. 4, 2008. (Photo by Alex Brandon/AP)
Then, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., serves birthday cake to the press corps on his birthday while in flight, Aug. 4, 2008.
Photo by Alex Brandon/AP
President Bush, left, prepares to blows out the candles on his birthday cake as he celebrates with Richard M. Daley, right, Mayor of Chicago, at the Chicago Firehouse restaurant, July 6, 2006 in Chicago. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
President Bush, left, prepares to blows out the candles on his birthday cake as he celebrates with Richard M. Daley, right, Mayor of Chicago, at the Chicago Firehouse restaurant, July 6, 2006 in Chicago.
Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
President Bill Clinton blows out candles Aug. 19, 1996 in New York, N.Y. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/Liaison/Getty)
President Bill Clinton blows out candles Aug. 19, 1996 in New York, N.Y. The 42nd President of the United States and former governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton celebrated his fiftieth birthday.
Photo by Dirck Halstead/Liaison/Getty
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush (C, bottom) performs a tandem parachute jump with Army Golden Knight Sgt. Bryan Schnell on June 13, 2004 over the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. (Photo by U.S. Arm/Texas A&M University/Getty)
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush (C, bottom) performs a tandem parachute jump with Army Golden Knight Sgt. Bryan Schnell on June 13, 2004 over the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. Bush made two jumps to celebrate his 80th birthday. 
Photo by U.S. Arm/Texas A&M University/Getty
President Ronald Reagan looks over a 2 and a 1/2-foot high birthday cake in the shape of an old-fashioned red schoolhouse, Feb. 7, 1984 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Dennis Cook/AP)
President Ronald Reagan looks over a 2 and a 1/2-foot high birthday cake in the shape of an old-fashioned red schoolhouse, Feb. 7, 1984 in Las Vegas, Nevada prior to addressing the National Association of Secondary School Principals convention.
Photo by Dennis Cook/AP
President Jimmy Carter blows out candles on a birthday cake presented him to adviser at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, Sept. 28, 1978. (Photo by Barry Thumma/AP)
President Jimmy Carter blows out candles on a birthday cake presented him to adviser at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, Sept. 28, 1978. 
Photo by Barry Thumma/AP
President Gerald R. Ford's 62nd Birthday Celebrations (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty)
President Gerald R. Ford opens gifts at his surprise 62nd birthday party orchestrated by First Lady Betty Ford in the second floor family room of the White House Executive Residence on July 14, 1975 in Washington, D.C. Guests in attendence included their son John “Jack” Ford, comedian Flip Wilson, Representative Elford A. Cederberg and his wife Marguerite “Peg” Kletchka Cederberg, close friend and military aid, Major Bob Barrett, and others.
Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty
President Richard Nixon's dog King Timahoe takes a sample of the birthday cake presented to the president by the White House staff in a small party, Jan. 9, 1974 at the Western White House in San Clemente. (Photo by AP)
President Richard Nixon’s dog King Timahoe takes a sample of the birthday cake presented to the president by the White House staff in a small party, Jan. 9, 1974 at the Western White House in San Clemente. First lady Pat Nixon and daughter Tricia shared in the festivities.
Photo by AP
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson leans over to blow out candle on his birthday cake as his 14-month-old grandson, Patrick Lyndon Nugent eyes the procedure in home of their younger daughter Luci Johnson Nugent on Aug. 27, 1968 in Austin. (Photo by AP)
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson leans over to blow out candle on his birthday cake as his 14-month-old grandson, Patrick Lyndon Nugent eyes the procedure in home of their younger daughter Luci Johnson Nugent on Aug. 27, 1968 in Austin. The president and Mrs. Johnson flew from their ranch to celebrate the chief executive’s 60th birthday.
Photo by AP
President John F. Kennedy arrives at the head table as he attends a $100-a-plate Democratic dinner in Washington's National Guard Armory, May 27, 1961, marking his 44th birthday, which is actually May 29. (Photo by AP)
President John F. Kennedy arrives at the head table as he attends a $100-a-plate Democratic dinner in Washington’s National Guard Armory, May 27, 1961, marking his 44th birthday, which is actually May 29. In the foreground is the ton-and-a-half birthday cake topped by a replica of the White House. At the top from left, are: John M. Bailey, Democratic National Chairman; Mrs. Lyndon Johnson, wife of the Vice President; Kennedy; Mrs. George Wheeler II, co-chairman of the dinner; and Attorney General Robert Kennedy.
Photo by AP
President Harry S. Truman cuts a cake on his 61st birthday anniversary in the White House, Washington, D.C., May 8, 1945. (Photo by AP)
President Harry S. Truman cuts a cake on his 61st birthday anniversary in the White House, Washington, D.C., May 8, 1945.
Photo by AP
President Franklin D. Roosevelt coaxed a speech out of three-year-old Jill Myrup at the White House in Washington, Jan. 27, 1942. (Photo by George R. Skadding/AP)
President Franklin D. Roosevelt coaxed a speech out of three-year-old Jill Myrup at the White House in Washington, Jan. 27, 1942 as she appeared as spokesman for the Bakery and Confectionery Workers International Union to present the president with a 350-pound cake for his 60th birthday on January 30. Standing left to right are: William Green, president of the AFL, Clement Maggia, chef who baked the cake, and Andrew A. Myrup, Jill’s brother and a son of the union’s secretary-treasurer.
Photo by George R. Skadding/AP
Former President Herbert Hoover waves to the crowd lining the streets of his birthplace at West Branch, Iowa, Aug. 10, 1954, as he arrives for day-long celebrations on his 80th birthday. (Photo by William P. Straeter/AP)
Former President Herbert Hoover waves to the crowd lining the streets of his birthplace at West Branch, Iowa, Aug. 10, 1954, as he arrives for day-long celebrations on his 80th birthday. 
Photo by William P. Straeter/AP

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President Obama turns 54. See past POTUS birthday celebrations.