US President Barack Obama marked his 51st birthday Saturday with
a round of golf, and a volley of mockery from his Republican foes
as November's election looms.
Obama, born on August 4, 1961, in Hawaii, toured the links at
Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, and then was due to
head to the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland.
The Republican National Committee offered supporters the chance
to send a mocking online birthday card to Obama, taking shots at
the president's foreign policy and past remarks.
"Here's to four more years of you telling people I'm not a
threat" said the text of one card, superimposed over a picture of
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
A picture of a barechested Vladimir Putin carried the slogan,
"After the election, you are flexible for me. I flex for your
That was a reference to a comment that Obama made when he met
former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in Seoul earlier this
year and told him to tell Putin he could be more flexible on
issues like missile defense after the election.
First Lady Michelle Obama also used Obama's special day for a bit
of politics, texting and emailing supporters to ask them to sign
an online birthday card for the president.
"The election is only going to get tougher, so I know it would
mean a lot to Barack to know he has your support on his
birthday," the first lady wrote.
On Thursday, Obama told supporters in Florida that he would like
victory in November in the Sunshine State to mark his birthday.
A "win in Florida wouldn't be a bad birthday present," he said.
Obama won the state in 2008 in his election victory over
Republican nominee John McCain but he appears to be in for a
tougher fight this time around, against Mitt Romney, partly due
to the foreclosure crisis that has savaged the state economy.
Obama is planning to celebrate his birthday a week late, on
August 12, with a fundraiser for supporters at his family home on
the South Side of Chicago.