|West Wing cake walk|
Washington, DC - President Barack Obama on Monday took a break from running the country to celebrate the 44th birthday of his right-hand man, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
Accompanied by McDonough's gift-toting daughter, the President was clad in his shirtsleeves as he surprised McDonough with the candle-lit cake in his West Wing office, according to the White House photo of the delivery mission, released on Twitter on Monday.
While McDonough got a birthday cake, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett got a 57th birthday dinner last month, with the President joining her at DC's Restaurant Nora for a four-plus hour party.
|Meeting in the Oval on the day McDonough was appointed CoS|
In a profile last week The New York Times described McDonough as "a fanatically fit, workaholic hard charger who sometimes left bruised feelings across the administration in Mr. Obama’s first term...who has become a much-praised right-hand man in Mr. Obama’s troubled second term."
The McDonough cake photo was Photo of the Day on the White House blog. Chief Photographer Pete Souza has created a whole mini-genre of images devoted to capturing the President's cake presentations, whether aboard Air Force One for a Senator hitching a ride or at Camp David, offering a cake to a visiting world leader.
Happy birthday to President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough! pic.twitter.com/HEAshPTzXy
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 3, 2013
Pres Obama, with CoS Denis McDonough's daughter, walks a birthday cake to Denis' office in the West Wing today pic.twitter.com/fLLBQFN8Kj*Photos by Pete Souza/White House
— petesouza (@petesouza) December 3, 2013