Obama 50th birthday: More Clinton than TR

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT. I hope that today is a great day for you.

President Obama turns 50 Thursday, unquestionably older, grayer and less popular than when he took office.

His nearly three years on the job haven’t been easy; the White House would be the first to tell you that. He inherited a spiraling-down economy and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since becoming president, he’s seen unemployment stay flat despite his administration’s efforts, a fractious debate over healthcare that’s still playing out, Middle East unrest, the GOP seizing the House and making formerly routine matters a battle -- and, oh yes, that oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Whether he can secure a second term remains anybody’s guess at this point. But that’s for next year. With the debt-ceiling debate now in the rear-view mirror and with it, the threat of default, Obama may actually be able to enjoy his birthday. To that end, he’s going home to Chicago.

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