Surprise party held aboard Air Force One

According to the White House blog, Rhodes and Jarrett were lured into a conference room expecting a briefing, but were treated to cake and a rendition of “Happy Birthday” instead. The president made an appearance, as did some of his staff.

Many of the attendees were genuinely surprised, but the birthday boy wasn’t one of them. The blog notes that Rhodes was “unconvinced by POTUS personal aide Reggie Love’s clumsy promise of ‘some sort of briefing.’ ”

 Jarrett was celebrating her 56th birthday; Rhodes turned 32.