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Happy 50th birthday Obama!

BIRTHDAY BOY: Barack Obama

BARACK OBAMA celebrates his 50th birthday today (August 4).

The President, who last year spent his special day in his home state of Chicago with friends that included Oprah Winfrey, hasn’t yet revealed his plans for today, but it is thought that he will spend it with wife Michelle and his two young daughters, Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, who were away when he celebrated his 49th.

When asked what he wanted for his birthday, Mr Obama told American radio station, NPR, “You know, what I really want right now is to get a debt ceiling deal for my birthday. That's kind of sad, I know.”

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Earlier this week, Obama signed a deal reached by Democrats and Republicans to raise the deficit limit to prevent the US from defaulting on its debts.

Despite reaching an agreement, the deal sparked an immediate backlash from the left of the Democratic party because it also includes about $2.5tn in spending cuts, much of which is almost certain to come from welfare benefits.

The crisis has hurt Obama, with a poll last week showing his approval ratings having dropped from 45 percent to 40 percent.

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