Obama hits the links to celebrate 51st birthday

President Obama marked his 51st birthday with a golf outing
in Washington, D.C.

A pool report said Obama arrived at Andrews Air Force base
this morning for a round.  According to
CBS News reporter Mark Knoller, Obama’s visit to the links is his 104th round
since taking office.

Obama’s last round was last weekend when he golfed and
played basketball, with first lady Michelle Obama away to attend the Opening
Ceremonies of the London Olympics.

{mosads}Republican critics of the president have repeatedly targeted
his love of golf, accusing him of neglecting to focus on the economy. But Obama
was buoyed this week by a July jobs report that showed the economy adding
163,000 jobs last month.

Obama has a light schedule this weekend and is expected to
leave for Camp David later today. He will visit Colorado Wednesday and Thursday
for campaign events and will celebrate his birthday next weekend in Chicago at
an event for high-profile campaign donors.

His campaign has used his birthday as a fundraising
opportunity, with emails from the first lady asking supporters to contribute
and sign a card for the president.

Republicans have used the event to score election-year
points as well, with the Republican National Committee taunting Obama with a
series of e-birthday cards hitting the administration on recent missteps.

The RNC also send the Democratic National Committee (DNC) a birthday
cake on Friday which read “you didn’t bake this” a play on the
president’s recent comments on the benefits of government funded-infrastructure
for businesses. Democrats sent the cake back with a note claiming that Romney’s
approach to middle class economic concerns was to “Let them eat

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) emailed a fundraising
pitch to supporters last night jokingly wishing Obama a happy birthday, and
adding “with any luck, this will be his last one as President of the United
States of America.”

In 2009, Obama celebrated his birthday at a surprise private
celebration at Camp David and in 2010 participated in a pickup game headlined
by numerous professional and college basketball stars.

Obama’s 50th birthday was celebrated by a fundraising event
in Chicago where musician Jennifer Hudson sang “Happy Birthday” to
the president.

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