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President Obama, the birthday cake giver

“Commander-in-Chief,” “POTUS,” “Mr. President,” “Leader of the Free World,” “Yes We Can-er,” and “Cool Dude” are among the more familiar titles on President Obama’s business cards, but did you know he also goes by “Mr. Birthday Cake Giver?” Bon Appétit compiled a delicious photo gallery of pictures snapped by White House chief photographer Pete Souza of the President presenting birthday cakes (and the occasional candlelit cupcake) to various people, which is apparently a bit of a tradition. These socialist pastry ceremonies have taken place from everywhere from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to Camp David to Air Force One. This blog entry at Obama Foodorama (brilliant name) has a comprehensive write-up on this presidential gesture as well as the context behind some of the photos. The best photo, of course, is this one (below) of President Obama scolding Vice President Biden for dropping crumbs in the Oval Office. Bad Biden! Bad!

Your politics aside, I think it’s tough to disagree with the statement that Obama always comes off looking like one smooth dude (minus the occasional mom pants), but not even tripping on some stairs in front of a crowd “trips” up that image. “I was so fired up I missed a stair!” Ba-dum!

And in the interest of “fair and balanced” birthday cake news reporting, here is Republican candidate Mitt Romney on his campaign plane presenting LA Times reporter Maeve Reston with a birthday cake back in January.

For the love of god, smile sir! It’s a birthday party!