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.