Obama to celebrate 50th with family, friends at White House
President Barack Obama listens to members of the media and crew sing him Happy Birthday on the tarmac as he arrives from Chicago on Air Force One, early Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) By Carolyn Kaster
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will be treated to a White House party for his 50th birthday and get away with friends and family to Camp David for the weekend.
Obama reaches the milestone birthday on Thursday. He plans to spend the morning at work as usual in the Oval Office. In the afternoon, senior members of his staff will toast him in a reception in the Blue Room of the White House. And at night, he will celebrate with family and friends, including some coming in for the occasion from his hometown of Chicago.
An official said the Obamas will pay for the president's birthday party at the White House.
The president will then spend the weekend at Camp David, the private presidential retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountain Park.