Birthdays

Obama Turns 50

President Obama turns 50 Thursday, but celebrations began early on Wednesday night as he hosted a fundraiser for his 2012 campaign in Chicago. Some 2,400 supporters shelled out $50 each, wearing birthday hats, to listen to the president before performances by Jennifer Hudson, OK Go, and Herbie Hancock. “It’s true that I turn 50 tomorrow,” Obama told the crowd,” which means that by the time I wake up I’ll have an email from AARP asking me to call President Obama and tell him to protect Medicare.” He’ll celebrate Thursday at the White House with family and friends, before heading to Camp David for the weekend.