Obama Turns 50 Despite Republican Opposition
August 4, 2011 | ISSUE 47•31
WASHINGTON—After months of heated negotiations and failed attempts to achieve any kind of consensus, President Obama turned 50 years old Thursday, drawing strong criticism from Republicans in Congress. "With the host of problems this country is currently facing, the fact that our president is devoting time to the human process of aging is an affront to Americans everywhere," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who advocated a provision to keep Obama 49 at least through the fall of 2013. "To move forward unilaterally and simply begin the next year of his life without bipartisan support—is that any way to lead a country?" According to White House officials, Obama attempted to work with Republicans right up until the Aug. 4 deadline, but was ultimately left with no choice except to turn a year older.
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Fox Nation Calls Obama Birthday Party 'Hip-Hop BBQ'
President Obama held a lavish, star-studded 50th birthday party for himself at the White House on Thursday.
Politico compiled an exhaustive list of some of the many people who showed up, including:Al Sharpton, Patrick Gaspard, UBS Investment Bank President Robert Wolf, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski, Leader Nancy and Paul Pelosi, Secretary Tim Geithner, Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep./DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Virginia Gov. and DNC Chair Tim Kaine, Anita Dunn and Bob Bauer, Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Valerie Jarrett, Michael Strautmanis, Pete Rouse, Bill Daley, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Denis McDonough, John Brennan, Rahm Emanuel, Tina Tchen, White House chef Sam Kass, Julianna Smoot, Marty Nesbitt, Eric Whitaker, Linda Douglass, and many more.
Celebrities like Jay-Z, Tom Hanks, Hill Harper, Stevie Wonder and Charles Barkley also showed up. It was your usual fancy White House 'do.
But that's not how Fox Nation—the weird aggregating cousin of Fox News—sees the affair! To them, the whole thing had a different flavor. Say what you will—Fox Nation knows how to keep things unique. We also love the url for the item: