President Obama Grudgingly Celebrates His 49th Birthday

"The president was a community organizer, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to celebrate his birthday today to pay homage to his career, but also [to] accomplish something serious at the same time," said Lynda Tran, national press secretary for the Democratic National Committee. "OFA volunteers and staff are holding more than 600 events all around the country -- everything from phone banks to rallies to birthday parties, specifically to celebrate the president's birthday."

Call it a working party.

While the parties may look like a birthday party --with cakes decorated in presidential fashion and balloons -- there also will be lines and lines of telephones so volunteers can talk to the neighbors in their community.

"What we're doing is asking people to call 49 voters each," Tran said, "and they are talking to those voters about what the stakes are for voting this fall and making sure they understand the importance of getting out to the voting booths this November."

Even first lady Michelle Obama is involved in the grassroots celebration. Last week, she sent a solicitation for signatures for people to sign an online birthday card for the president through the OFA.

"I'm putting together a birthday card that I would like you to sign," the first lady wrote in an e-mail to supporters. "Together with other Organizing for America supporters -- and me, Malia, Sasha, and Bo [the Obama family dog] -- we'll wish him a happy birthday and let him know that we're ready to take on the year ahead alongside him."

About 1.2 million people have signed the card for the president -- and some of those signatures even could turn into cash. Supporters also can also donate money to the DNC -- and the presidential birthday cause -- while signing the birthday card.

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