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How to Party Like a President — PICTURES

On Barack Obama's birthday, we look back at some previous presidential celebrations.

(White House / Pete Souza)

August 4, 2012

What does President Obama want for his birthday this year? As he told a crowd in Florida on Thursday, probably electoral votes — lots of them.

“Winning Florida wouldn’t be a bad birthday present,” he said.

Today, Obama turns 51. He'll be keeping a low profile, spending his time at Camp David. Next week, however, he'll be in Chicago hosting a birthday party-turned-fundraiser for his reelection campaign.

 

In the past, presidential birthdays have fluctuated in scale, from John F. Kennedy's historic party-fundraiser where Marilyn Monroe cooed "Happy Birthday, Mr. President," to simple celebrations in the White House.

Below, we've compiled a visual guide to celebrating in presidential style …

 

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