U.S. President Barack Obama celebrates his 49th birthday today and the news is, well, not very celebratory. With an anti-incumbent campaign season looming in November, sinking poll numbers (Gallup states that First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton all have approval ratings higher than the president’s) and an economy that’s sluggishly moving forward, Barack may very well skip the parties this year. Because no birthday should be without some type of fun (and isn’t reading fun?) we give you:
BARACK’S RECOMMENDED B-DAY READING
Curious George and the Birthday Surprise by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey
When the man with the yellow hat tells George that he is planning a surprise, of course George is curious. Let’s just hope it’s not a faltering economy, an oil spill, and sinking poll numbers!
George W. Bushisms: The Slate Book of The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
From one president to another: “A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it.”
You CAN Retire Young: How to Retire in Your 40s or 50s Without Being Rich by Larry A. Ferstenou
Maybe it’s time to start planning for the big 50 now.
The Promise: President Obama, Year One by Jonathan Alter
Next up, Jonathan Alter presents What the Hell Was I Thinking When I Ran For This Job?: President Obama, Year Two.