When Barack Obama was born on this date in 1961, it was a pretty safe bet his folks didn't expect that he'd grow up to be the president. Not that he wasn't smart or anything — it just wasn't something Black kids were told back then, even those with one White parent.
But now that he has become the nation's first African-American president, that hope will forever be held out to American kids of all races.
Barack Obama turns 48 today.
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Neither the spokesman for the president nor the spokeswoman for the first lady would disclose how the president planned to celebrate his birthday.
The president, however, doesn't appear to have plans to take the day off to celebrate. Instead, he'll be having lunch with Senate Democrats at the White House to "talk about the priorities that they have, to talk about what has been accomplished in the first six and half months of the administration," spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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