Birthday celebrations continue...and even a marching band
The Eastern High School marching band from Washington, DC serenaded the president Thursday on his 50th birthday from outside the White House gates.
August 4th, 2011
12:12 PM ET

Birthday celebrations continue...and even a marching band

It's a milestone birthday today for President Obama as he celebrates his 50th.  And outside the White House fence, reporters heard celebration music from a marching band no less!  Members ofWashington,DC'sEasternHigh Schoolmarching band, in full uniform, serenaded the president with "Happy Birthday", both the traditional version and the Stevie Wonder’s rendition along with some other selections including songs from The Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna.  TheEasternHigh Schoolband has played in several presidential inaugural parades, but not President Obama's.  No word if the president took time out of his schedule to enjoy the mini concert intended for him.


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  1. J Stevens

    We follow the footsteps left by our leaders into the great beyond. As the years pass, the ground becomes hard, cold, and soon snow covers it. It is uncomfortable but we trudge on, thinking just a little further, just a little further. And then one day, when the cold has become intolerable to life, the footsteps stop. Only then will we realize that we are in the middle of nothingness. There is no future, and there never was.
    This is the American Existence. We follow leaders that think not of the future, but only of the next election. They do not care about us. They are above us. They are the elite.
    When the end comes, these leaders will be trapped within the middle of this nothingness, but not in our nothingness. Americans will be forced to wander through the 5 stages of grief alone and without guidance. The stages will progress rapidly. Those that are left will wander in doldrums of self-pity and sorrow until they too meet their end. Death will be the only form of solace left.
    It is a heavy burden indeed to be one of the few that knows what is to come. To watch the others move about their worthless lives without a care for one another in this snow globe of narcissism can weigh like an anvil on one's heart. Not being able to confide in friends or co-workers or even family for fear of being thought a fool when all you are trying to do is warn them can push one to permanent solitude.
    But trudge on, I say. Let these false prophets, these leaders without a soul continue on in their quest for the end of all things. Once you know what is to come, you are that much more content than lost. Try to help others but if they push you away, then so be it. They will reap what they sew.

    August 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  2. Dean

    Happy Birthday, Obama...you're a lousy president.

    August 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • CARTIER

      Renew your mind.

      August 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • eissel

      Not anymore lousier than all the rest. President Obama is the hardest working president this country has had in a long time. Of course, you are probably one of those people who feels blacks are unable to lead and are not as smart as white.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  3. CARTIER

    Happy Birthday President Obama. Great work you are displaying. Enjoyed your day. You got my vote in 2012. You are the greatest President ever.

    August 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  4. Bunny

    Happy Birthday Barak Hussein Obama!!!! Much respect... While you are President and after. Forget all the racism...
    And continue your term. What ever happens to the world is in God's plans. And no one can pass a bill on that...

    August 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  5. jean2009

    Obama-Biden 2012: Happy Birthday Mr. President!

    August 4, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  6. ac2012

    Happy 50th Birthday Mr. President. May God Bless you and your family for all the inspiration you give us and all your hard work. Prayers and blessings for your re-election. Yes we have your back!

    August 4, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  7. Eddy James

    Happy Birthday,where did you say you were born again?

    August 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @J Stevens; I believe that your thoughtful analogy of what is and has been going on, especially and more-so recently is nothing less than a beautifully worded truth. I must honestly say I agree with you 100%. However, I do believe that the goods and wealth that is being taken, stolen, snatched away from us, by the 'unjust', is being put up for the 'just', and the meek shall inherit the earth.

    August 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  9. Elisabeth Lucken

    I'am a bit to late, but I wish You all the best for You and Your family. It is a hard thing to do, to work the work You do. Chappau, President.

    August 6, 2011 at 4:11 am |