Happy 50th Birthday, Mr. President! - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

President Obama plans to spend the weekend at Camp David with his family (Image: Getty)

President Barack Obama turns 50 today, but began celebrating the birthday milestone Wednesday in his adopted hometown of Chicago for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Aragon Entertainment Center. In addition to hearing Obama speak, donors who shelled out a minimum of $50, listened as performers, including Grammy-award winning artist Jennifer Hudson, sang “Happy Birthday” to the commander-in-chief.

Obama has his heart set on a special gift this year. He said his best present would be the return of his oldest daughter, Malia, who’d spent her summer vacation in camp. The First Lady and youngest daughter, Sasha, will also return today from their vacation in Spain. The president plans to spend the weekend at Camp David with his family.

President Obama is only the third president to turn 50 while in office–the other two are Bill Clinton and Teddy Roosevelt.

Janel Martinez

With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for BlackEnterprise.com. She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina, Latina.com, Honeymag.com, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.

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