White House staffers greeted the First Lady with frosting and candles

By People Staff
Updated January 28, 2009 01:50 PM
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When a new First Family moves into the White House, staffers typically gather in the East Room for a chance to formally welcome the incoming lady of the house.

But this year’s meet-and-greet featured an element of surprise: As a casually-dressed Michelle Obama arrived for the event Jan. 22, White House pastry chef Bill Yosses and assistant pastry chef Susie Morrison wheeled out a cake topped with fruit, candles and best wishes spelled out on a plaque.

The First Lady had already celebrated her actual 45th birthday Jan. 17, but the idea was sweet. No word on how much of the cake Mrs. Obama actually ate.
Patrick Rogers