It's your party, Mr. President. You can cry if you want to.
President Barack Obama may not exactly be over the hill yet, but it still might be a somewhat sour 49th birthday for him with his dwindling poll numbers and possible Democratic losses looming in this fall's midterm elections. And on his special day, even the first family won't be there to celebrate.
First Lady Michelle Obama and 9-year-old Sasha are on their way to Spain for a mother-daughter trip, while 12-year-old Malia is away at summer camp.
"I think it's safe to say that of course he will miss them," Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said this week.
Happy birthday, Mr. President? Doesn't sound like it.
The president's schedule isn't exactly a piece of (birthday) cake. He started the day at 9:30 a.m. with a daily briefing at the Oval Office. He'll also meet with senior advisors, deliver remarks at an AFL-CIO meeting, present the 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal to 13 winners, and then meet with one of his foremost Republican foes, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
He'll then hop on a plane and head home to Chicago where he'll reportedly have dinner with friends. He'll spend the night in his own house, alone.
President Obama has made few statements about his birthday. And he doesn't seem too excited.
"I will be 49 this week," Obama said on Monday, ABC News reported. "I have a lot more gray hair than I did last year."
Obama's poll numbers are slipping. According to a USA/Gallup poll released Tuesday, only 36% backed Obama's war policies, down from 48% in February.
And the GOP isn't sending warm birthday wishes either.
The Republican National Committee started a Web site, baracksbirthdaycards.com, where viewers can pick cards from Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as well as some Democrats currently in hot water, like disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel.
"Sorry no gifts this year," the fake card from Reid says. "I'm going to need every dime to defend our failed economic policies."
More than 2,000 cards from the RNC have already been sent.