What sort of birthday gift does one get for a man who seemingly has everything, including the most powerful job in the world? For President Obama, Florida's 29 electoral votes in November is a good start. He will need a total of 270 to win his re-election bid.
A group of approximately 2,500 supporters who filled the gymnasium at Rollins College just outside Orlando delivered a "Happy Birthday" serenade to the president Thursday two days before he turns 51.
"If I'd known you guys were going to sing, we would have had a cake. And then I would have blown out the candles," he said. "I would have made a wish — that probably would have had to do with electoral votes. Winning Florida wouldn't be a bad birthday present."
He may just get that wish. A poll released earlier this week by Quinnipiac University, CBS and The New York Times found that Obama has a 51 to 45 percent edge over rival Mitt Romney in Florida.
The president will spend the big day at the presidential retreat Camp David, but will host a birthday-themed fundraiser at his home in Chicago on Aug. 12. Two of the guests will be the winners of a contest to encourage small donors to give for the chance to attend the event.
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(Photo: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)