** FILE ** President Obama and veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas (left) celebrate a shared birthday on Aug. 4, 2009, in the White House Press Briefing Room in Washington. Ms. Thomas died on Saturday, July 20, 2013. (Associated Press)

** FILE ** President Obama and veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas (left) celebrate a shared birthday on Aug. 4, 2009, in the White House Press Briefing Room in Washington. Ms. Thomas died on Saturday, July 20, 2013. (Associated Press)