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President Barack Obama, marking his 48th birthday, takes

President Barack Obama, marking his 48th birthday, takes a break from his official duties to bring birthday greetings to veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas, who shares the same birthday. (Aug. 4, 2009) Photo Credit: AP

A look at how some of our presidents have celebrated their birthdays, some more modestly than others, as commander in chief.

President Barack Obama, marking his 48th birthday, takes
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President Barack Obama, marking his 48th birthday, takes a break from his official duties to bring birthday greetings to veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas, who shares the same birthday. (Aug. 4, 2009)

President George W. Bush poses with his birthday
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President George W. Bush poses with his birthday cake at a White House dinner party celebrating his 60th birthday. (July 4, 2006)

President Bush blows out the candles on his
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President Bush blows out the candles on his birthday cake, presented to him by Denmark's Queen Margrethe II, during a social lunch in the garden hall of Fredensborg Palace in Denmark. Bush celebrated his 59th birthday in Denmark and Scotland. (July 6, 2005)

President Bill Clinton stands with his birthday cake
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President Bill Clinton stands with his birthday cake at the Sheraton hotel in New York. President Clinton went to New York to celebrate his 50th birthday and to raise $8 million for Democrats. (Aug. 18, 1996)

President Bill Clinton celebrates his 50th birthday and
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President Bill Clinton celebrates his 50th birthday and cuts his birthday cake with his daughter, Chelsea, left, and wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, at the Sheraton hotel in New York. (Aug. 18, 1996)

President Bill Clinton licks icing off his fingers
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President Bill Clinton licks icing off his fingers after blowing out the candles on a birthday cake aboard Air Force One heading to Martha's Vineyard. Clinton, who turned 47, spent 10 days vacationing on the island off Cape Cod. (Aug. 19, 1993)

President Ronald Reagan receives a cake for his
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President Ronald Reagan receives a cake for his 73rd birthday at a Capitol Hill luncheon in Washington. (Feb. 2, 1984)

President Jimmy Carter is presented with a birthday
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President Jimmy Carter is presented with a birthday cake while Philadelphia Mayor Bill Green sings “Happy Birthday” at a fundraiser at a Philadelphia hotel. Carter turned 56. (Oct. 2, 1980)

President John F. Kennedy, at a $100-a-plate Democratic
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President John F. Kennedy, at a $100-a-plate Democratic dinner in Washington's National Guard Armory, marks his 44th birthday with a ton-and-a-half birthday cake topped by a replica of the White House. (May 27, 1961)

President Harry S. Truman cuts a birthday cake
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President Harry S. Truman cuts a birthday cake on his 61st birthday at the White House in Washington. The day also marked his first full day as a resident in the executive mansion. (May 8, 1945)

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