Michelle Obama Celebrates Birthday — Will She Get a Gift Certificate?


Barack Obama wants you to help his FLOTUS — First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, that is — celebrate her 48th birthday today, sending out an e-mail last week that encouraged campaign supporters to sign a card. (He’s just a really thoughtful husband and father and stuff, being the president and all but still finding time to get millions of people he’s never met to give his wife well wishes from a fundraising e-mail address.)

And Jill Biden, wife of Joe Biden, also just sent out an e-mail today, trying to corral all the stragglers who didn’t sign Michelle‘s e-card to do so now.

Somewhat sadly, both cards suggest that the Michelle will have 365 days of suck to come before her 49th birthday, which seems like a bit of a buzz kill.

“After all, everyone loves hearing from friends on their birthday,” Jill writes. “And the year ahead is going to be a tough one, so I know this card will mean the world to Michelle.”

From Barack’s e-mail: “The next 10 months will be harder than any we’ve experienced together, and I couldn’t do it without her. I know she’d love to hear from you today.”

Well. If that didn’t totally ruin the fun, knowing that two of Obama’s campaign strategists are betting on Michelle’s b-day probably will.

According to Politico, two of Obama’s top advisers have a running wager — whether Barack or Michelle’s birthday will be more popular among supporters.

What Runnin’ Scared really wants to know: What’s Barack getting Michelle for her birthday? Is he going to try to get away with just giving her a card (which is such a guy thing to do) or is he going to opt for something a little more involved, like a $50 Banana Republic gift certificate? Share your theories in the comments below…