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Barack Obama turns 50 in a politically sensitive period

President Barack Obama Thursday celebrated his 50th birthday, an anniversary that is part of a politically delicate time for him after his battle with the Republicans on raising the debt ceiling, and the line of sight with his re-election in 2012.

Wednesday evening, his supporters sang “Happy Birthday” to the president who took part in several events in Chicago fundraising to finance his campaign, far from the battles in Congress.

“I could not have asked for a better birthday gift than anticipated to spend the evening with you,” Obama said.
No official event was on the agenda of U.S. President Thursday.

In a recent interview, he mentioned the fact to reach the symbolic threshold of 50 years.

“Obviously, my hair a little grayer than when I took office, but otherwise I feel great,” he told public radio on NPR, adding that his wife s ‘helped to turn the corner.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has been one of the first to wish happy birthday to his U.S. counterpart during a phone call also devoted to discussions on the entry of Russia into the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Thursday.

After receiving the opinion of the debate on debt as a victory for Republicans and he also faces a sluggish economy and a high unemployment rate, which could weigh on his campaign for re-election.

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