Our beloved POTUS turns 50 today. And to celebrate it, he spent the evening making it rain for his re-election campaign in Chicago last night.
Despite an appearance by fellow Chicago-rilla Jennifer Hudson, the event was pretty lowkey, and missing one key person…
President Barack Obama turned his 50th birthday into a 2012 campaign fundraising bonanza last night, buoyed by a hometown crowd after a ‘frustrating’ period locked in a debt battle with Republicans.
He received a warm welcome from a crowd of 2,400 who heard performances from Jennifer Hudson and Herbie Hancock, at a time when his job approval rating is near the lowest of his presidency.
Mr Obama made clear in remarks to a big audience at a music auditorium and to supporters across the country that he is focussing on spurring job growth now that the debt debate is behind him.
But mystery surrounded the whereabouts of Mr Obama’s wife Michelle, who was not pictured at the event – and it is unknown if she was actually there.
The president also used this opportunity to address his post-death ceiling plans.
‘We know we’ve still got a lot of work to do on the economy,’ Mr Obama said.
‘I hope we can avoid another self-inflicted wound like we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks, because we don’t have time to play these partisan games.’
‘It doesn’t matter how tough it gets in Washington because I know you’ve got my back. I know we will bring about the change that all of us believe in. We’re in for a long battle.’
A group of Latino activists protested Mr Obama’s record on immigration outside, chanting: ‘Yes you can, no deportation!’ and ‘Hey, hey, Obama, don’t deport my mama!’, reported the Washington Post.
There had been speculation for days as to whether the President was going to make it to his own fundraising 50th birthday party – a plush affair at a $40,000 a night ballroom in Chicago.