reports the Republican National Committee (RNC) sent the Democratic National Committee (DNC) the birthday cake on Friday.
The Democrats, The Hill
reports, sent the cake back. According to Melanie Rousell, spokeswoman for the DNC, "This is typical of Mitt Romney’s approach to the middle class. He wants to ‘Let them eat cake!’ while robbing them blind. We sent the cake back to the RNC, along with a copy of the Tax Center’s report on Mitt Romney’s tax plan.”
The message, "You didn't bake this," plays on the "you didn't build that" controversy that sprang from Obama's campaign comment last month: "If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The point is, when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative but also because we do things together."
Republicans objected to the comment, saying it proves Obama does not believe in hard work and entrepreneurship.
reports that a crowd of more than 2,000 people sang "Happy Birthday" to Obama during a campaign stop in Orlando on Thursday. After the song, Obama joked that he ought to have a cake so that he can blow out the candles and make an electoral wish.
Obama said: "If I had known you guys were going to sing we would have had a cake. And then I would have blown out the candles, I would have made a wish, that probably would have to do with electoral votes." He added: "Winning Florida wouldn't be a bad birthday present."
Moving on to purely political issues, Obama attacked Romney's tax plans, saying they would only favor rich Americans and hurt middle class Americans. He said: “They have tried to sell us this top-down tax-cut fairy dust before. And guess what, it didn’t work then. It will not work now." He added: "We do not need more tax cuts for folks who have done very, very well. We need more tax cuts for working Americans.”
The Huffington Post
also reports that the Republican National Committee created a website, barackbirthdaycards.com
, which features mocking birthday cards showing images of prominent Obama supporters like actor George Clooney, vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Each card has a birthday wish that attacks Obama on political issues like the national debt, unemployment rate.
According to Yahoo News
, RNC spokesman Tim Miller, wrote in an email to the DNC: "Happy 50.99726th Mr. President." The protracted decimals, according to Yahoo News
, pokes fun at an official blog post from the White House Economic adviser Alan Krueger, who said that July jobs reports indicated the "unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3 percent in July." Precisely, the rate reportedly rose from 8.217 percent in June to 8.254 percent in July. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus retorted in response: "23 million people struggling for work isn’t a rounding error."
This is not the first time the RNC has mocked the president on his birthday. A previous RNC satirical birthday card for Obama featured former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Senator John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, The Huffington Post
reports that President Barack Obama began his birthday quietly away from re-election campaigning with a round of golf at Andrews Air Force Base. After golf, he left for the presidential retreat Camp David in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains.
According to AP
, the president will return to campaigning next week with fundraisers in Connecticut and rallies in Colorado.
reports that Obama has revealed he will celebrate his birthday this year with a private party on Aug. 12 at his Chicago home with contributors to his campaign