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President Obama turned 51 today, and to celebrate the Republican National Committee sent the Democratic National Committee a snarky birthday cake yesterday. It was printed with a photo of the president and the words "You didn't bake this."
According to The Hill, the crux of the cake's argument references a speech Obama made in Virginia where he talked about the way entrepreneurs need help from the government in the form of bridges, roads, and an educated workforce and the need to preserve "this unbelievable American system that allowed you to thrive."
"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help … If you've got a business—you didn't build that," Obama said. "The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."
As digs go, it's a bit of a head-scratcher, as New York Magazine's Dan Amira pointed out.
"Why would Obama have baked his own birthday cake?" he wrote. "That would be a weird thing for him to do."
The best jokes are always the ones that have to be explained, so RNC spokesperson Tim Miller came through.
"We do know that hard working, smart entrepreneurs across the country join us in wishing the president a happy birthday and hoping that next year he has more time for baking so the country can get back to job creating," he said.
According to the Huffington Post, The DNC was quick to pick up on the more obvious joke and sent the cake back labeled, "Mitt Romney's approach to the middle class: Let them eat cake!"
“We sent the cake back to the RNC, along with a copy of the Tax Center’s report on Mitt Romney’s tax plan,” DNC spokesperson Melanie Roussell said.
According to Yahoo News, it was a vanilla cake with vanilla icing. And there wasn't even a frosting rose. This isn't the first time the president has been rendered in cake form, though. The Obama Pinterest board has a page devoted to presidential snacks like cupcakes and Obama pies.
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