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Obama turning 50 Thursday; White House Rose Garden party

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WASHINGTON--With the debt ceiling raised and Congress gone for the rest of the summer and no immediate crisis for a change, President Obama can relax and enjoy his 50th birthday on Thursday--which I learned will be celebrated at a party in the White House Rose Garden.

The invites were sent out by the White House Social Office a bit ago; details were kept mum since the White House wanted the message focus to be on the intense negotiations over the debt ceiling and what had been a looming default deadline Tuesday night.

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On Wednesday, Obama makes a quick trip home to Chicago to headline fund-raisers at the Aragon Ballroom on the North Side--in Uptown--to benefit his re-election bid and the Democratic National Committee, pegged to his 50th birthday.

He will also talk to supporters at 1,167 house parties across the nation via an interactive web video conference at events designed to help build the field organization.

Meanwhile, surrogates will fan out in seven cities to headline funders on Wednesday also pegged to Obama's birthday:

The deployment:

Boston
Robert Gibbs
Jen O'Malley Dillon

Washington, DC
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Tampa
David Plouffe
Marlon Marshall

New York City
Patrick Gaspard
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Curtis Martin

Los Angeles
David Axelrod
Council President Eric Garcetti

Austin
Mitch Stewart
Mayor Lee Leffingwell

Oakland
Donna Brazille

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