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Obama sent birthday wishes to Biden: ‘Happy birthday to my friend and my brother’

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  • Former President Obama on Saturday sent birthday wishes to President Biden on Twitter.
  • “Happy birthday to my friend and my brother, @POTUS!” the former president tweeted.
  • Biden, who just turned 79 years old, served as Obama’s vice president from 2009 to 2017.

Former President Barack Obama on Saturday sent birthday wishes to President Joe Biden, his former No. 2.

“Happy birthday to my friend and my brother, @POTUS!” the former president tweeted to Biden, who served as his vice president from 2009 to 2017.

In his birthday note, Obama also touted the recent signing of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law, which cemented a major legislative accomplishment for the Biden administration.

“Thanks for giving all of us the gift of better infrastructure. Grateful for all you’re doing to build this country back better,” Obama added.

The president, who turned 79 years old on Saturday, is now focused on shepherding the nearly $2 trillion Build Back Better Act through the Senate — a trickier proposition that will require unified Democratic buy-in among liberal and moderate lawmakers.

During Obama’s presidency, the Democratic politicians were often recognized for their “bromance,” with the two men developing a close working relationship after running against each other early in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

Obama, who was elected to the Senate in 2004, became a national star after his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston that year, which catapulted him to the party’s presidential nomination in 2008.

Biden, who by the summer of 2008 had served in the Senate for nearly 36 years, was selected by Obama as his running mate — which at the time greatly bolstered the ticket’s foreign policy acumen.

The Obama-Biden ticket went on to defeat then-Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona that fall, with the two men being reelected in 2012 against Republican presidential nominee and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.

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