The White House released the photo, above, of First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha reuniting with President Obama at his belated 49th birthday barbecue on Sunday, after they'd returned home from Spain.
The only menu item for the birthday bash that was announced was Gulf Coast shrimp. Senior energy and climate adviser Carol Browner did the announcing on Meet The Press on Sunday morning, in a somewhat unprecedented but politically savvy move. The criticism of Mrs. Obama's Spanish vacation has included fury that she wasn't vacationing on the Gulf Coast. The Obamas head there shortly to do just that.
The White House also released the photo, above, of President Obama's Sunday birthday basketball game, where he was joined by a cadre of pro superstars in a game played for an audience of wounded warriors and kids from the White House mentoring program (the full list of ballplayers is here). President Obama is with Chicago Bulls players Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose in the photo.
Related: Earlier on Sunday, Spain time, Mrs. Obama and Sasha had lunch with Their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia at Marivent Castle. The President turned 49 on August 4th while Mrs. Obama was in Spain, and she phoned home with birthday wishes. The President celebrated his birthday in Chicago, at a three-hour dinner at graham elliot restaurant, with buddies Eric Whitaker and Marty Nesbitt, who were also at the barbecue, as well as chat show host Oprah, and her pal Gayle King.
*Photos by Pete Souza/White House