Obama Sings Happy Birthday to Kennedy

Musical tribute honors senator's battle for health care reform
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Mar 9, 2009 2:14 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama is no Marilyn Monroe, but he sang a heartfelt Happy Birthday to Ted Kennedy yesterday as part of a star-studded musical tribute to the ailing senator, AP reports. Obama shared the Kennedy Center stage with Bill Cosby, Lauren Bacall and James Taylor. Also attending was Caroline Kennedy, who quipped: "I never thought I'd be in a room with so many senators."

Kennedy presented her uncle with the family's Profile in Courage Award to recognize his longtime push for health care reform. The 77-year-old senator, who has been receiving cancer treatment in Florida, is in Washington to attend the White House health summit. The event drew many of Washington's movers and shakers, including Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama and Joe Biden.