More seriously, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) told LaHood: "Mr. Secretary, you've earned many happy birthdays, both for your service in this administration, but for your long service to the United States in many capacities."

For his part, LaHood told reporters before the meeting that he does not make too much of a fuss about his birthday anymore.

"Birthdays are for my grandchildren," he quipped.