After a morning of work, Obama will join family and friends for an evening celebration

By Kiran Hefa and Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
Updated August 04, 2011 02:20 PM
Credit: Bryce Vickmark/ZUMA

What do you get the man who has everything?

That’s the question friends and family of President Barack Obama will answer Thursday, when he celebrates his 50th birthday in Washington, D.C. According to a White House official, Obama will spend the morning working, but will later retreat to an afternoon toast by his senior staff in the blue room, and an evening celebration with family and close friends.

“Malia is coming home from camp tomorrow just for her daddy’s birthday,” he told attendees at a Democratic National Convention fundraiser in Chicago Wednesday night. “I’m very happy about that.”

Following Thursday’s nighttime festivities, Obama’s close friends from Chicago, the Whitakers and the Nesbitts, will join him, wife Michelle and daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, at Camp David for the weekend.