White House Wishes Baby Happy 101st Birthday

Mixup surprises Utah family
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2015 6:17 PM CDT
Dramatization of young Benjamin's reaction to the White House thinking he's 101 years old.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – This week, Benjamin Shosted of Utah, who turns 1 next week, received a note from the White House congratulating him on having "witnessed the best of what our Nation can accomplish when we work together," NBC News reports. No, Benjamin isn't an unusually experienced baby; rather he's likely just the victim of a mixup at the White House Greetings Office, which is apparently a thing that exists. The Greetings Office has a number of letters—complete with signatures from the president and first lady—you can request for everything from wedding anniversaries to retirements. The Shosted family gets letters every year for their children's birthdays. They think Benjamin's note was actually meant for a centenarian. "We're still waiting to collect our Social Security checks for him," Benjamin's dad tells NBC. (Read more White House stories.)

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