President Barack Obamaâ€™s wife and younger daughter are in Spain, his older daughter is at camp, and heâ€™s got only the dog for company on his 49th birthday.
The president and First Dog Bo flew from Washington this evening to Chicago, where heâ€™ll tour a Ford auto assembly plant and headline a couple of Democratic party fund-raisers on Thursday.
Bo exited a staff helicopter at Chicagoâ€™s Soldier Field moments before Marine One touched down there Wednesday. Bo was led to one of the waiting vans by Samuel Sutton, the White Houseâ€™s master chief valet. Earlier, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters aboard Air Force One that Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha took time out from their Spanish holiday to call him with birthday wishes. At lunchtime, older daughter Malia used the one (!) phone call sheâ€™s allowed to make from camp to do the same.
The presidentâ€™s motorcade brought Obama and Bo to the Obamasâ€™ Hyde Park home, where neighbors stood outside. One little girl held a sign that was almost as big as she was, reading, â€œHappy 49th Birthday President Barack Obama.â€
No word as yet on how Bo and the president will celebrate his special day.