On Shared Birthday, Obama Surprises Reporter Thomas

Veteran White House reporter asks for 'a real health care reform bill'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 4, 2009 2:33 PM CDT
President Obama, marking his 48th birthday, brings birthday greetings to veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas, left, who turns 89 today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama celebrated his own birthday today by leading the White House press corps in singing Happy Birthday to veteran reporter Helen Thomas. Obama is 48 today; Thomas turns 89.

Obama carried cupcakes into the briefing room, and told Thomas: "I will leave it up to you, Helen, how you want to distribute the cupcakes." Obama sat beside Thomas for a picture after she blew out one candle, and said she told him her birthday wishes were "world peace and a real health care reform bill."