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Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Aug. 6, 2011 at 3:06 a.m.

Kasandra Dawson, 8, signs the birthday banner for her grandmother at the Victoria County Democratic Party's celebration in honor of President Obama's 50th birthday.

At 11 years old, Jonie Laredo does not know much about politics, but she's interested.

"It's about helping people," Jonie said at the Victoria Democratic Party's President Barack Obama birthday party at the Victoria Art League on Saturday.

Though the president's birthday was Thursday, Jonie along with other people were at the event, signing a birthday banner, eating food and socializing.

Jonie was talking to Kelli Gill, the chairwoman of the democratic party.

Jonie's grandfather wanted to teach his granddaughter about politics.

"It's different," she said about why they decided to host the party. "It's kind of a grim mood. We wanted to liven things up."

The event was nonpartisan and wasn't about views, but just about the 44th president of the United States, said Carol Allen, of Victoria.

"He's the president of everyone," she said.

The birthday banner signed by the attendees is going to be sent to the Obama campaign headquarters.

"Enjoy your golden year," someone wrote.

"You are the man," another said.

At the other end of the art league's building was a birthday cake for Obama.

Gill said she was happy with several of the issues the president is helping to resolve, such as the debt issue and health care reform.

"Do I agree with everything, no," she said. "But I think he's doing what he thinks is best for the country."

Teri Flores, a teacher's assistant from Victoria, brought her two daughters to the event.

Her older daughter, Emery, is only 10 years old, but can't wait to vote one day.

"She's curious about what it's all about," Flores said, smiling.

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