- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 4, 2016

Democrats appear melancholy over the fact that, as of Thursday, President Obama has just over 24 weeks left in office. And Thursday is the president’s 55th birthday. There are several online birthday cards for Mr. Obama’s fans to sign, and the greetings suggest that a certain kind of ceremonial farewell has begun, as well as some early legacy-building.

“This is your chance to sign the Organizing for Action’s birthday card for President Obama — the very last one he’ll celebrate as President of the United States,” the organization advises to those who want to wish “the organizer in chief” well.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton herself leads the charge for the Democratic Party for their birthday card, which is purposeful indeed.

“I’ve often said that President Obama doesn’t get the credit he deserves for saving our country from the worst economic crisis in decades. Because of his leadership, we have 15 million new jobs, the Affordable Care Act, marriage equality, and so much more,” Mrs. Clinton says in her outreach, done on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, which also includes a fundraising option.

“On Thursday, let’s show him that we’re grateful for all he’s done for our country, that we’re excited to work with him to win this November, and that we’re committed to working together to protect and build on his remarkable legacy,” she says.

Mr. Obama lunches with Vice President Joseph R. Biden, meets with national security advisers and has a late-afternoon press conference Thursday. But there is no word yet from the White House on plans for his evening. First lady Michel Obama noted in a tweet Thursday morning, “55 years young and that smile still gets me every single day. Happy birthday, Barack. I love you.”

The president and his family depart Friday for their annual summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.

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