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August 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mr. Pres-i-dent

Obama Jennifer Hudson Birthday Song

Surely I wasn’t the only one thinking the pic of Jennifer Hudson singing Happy Birthday to Obama had a Marilyn vibe, was I?

Not that I think Obama is anything but a straight-arrow, but with the not-so-obscure allusion to that historic sexual charge, on top of the $38,500 a plate hoop-de-doo, on the heels of having just signed off on a 50% cut in discretionary spending (guaranteeing not a whole lot of stimulation is gonna be happening anywhere else), and the “jobs pivot” can wait one more day.

(photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP.  caption: President Barack Obama, right, is greeted by musician Jennifer Hudson, left, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel before speaking at the Aragon Ballroom, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in Chicago, at a fundraiser on the eve of his 50th birthday.)

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