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Presidential birthday gifts from years gone by

Finding the perfect birthday gift can be tough -- and when that gift is for the President of the United States? Well, that certainly ups the ante.

In honor of President Obama's 53rd birthday on August 4th, we took a look back at presents that presidents (say that five times fast!) of years gone by received.

Some were edible, like the cookies Ronald Reagan was given from a troop of Girl Scouts in 1996. He insisted on paying in the end, so technically he bought them for himself ... but we'll overlook that detail.

The photo archives show that cake seems to be the most common "gift" given. No matter who the president was, the treats had one thing in common: they were huge.

Check out some vintage shots of presidents about to get a sugar rush:

Roosevelt's cake in 1940 was actually so big, it broke while it was in transit. The 300-lb. behemoth eventually made it to his office, and it looked pretty delicious. President Kennedy had a lot more luck with his cake, though he did have to look up about seven tiers to see the top.

Other gifts got presidents movin' and shakin', like the bowling alley built for Truman in 1947. In 1959, President Eisenhower was presented with a replica of Bobby Jones' famous "Calamity Jane" putter as visions of a golf game no doubt danced in his head.

Some gifts went down in infamy, like the necktie President Clinton wore in 1996. There was nothing wrong with the Zegna accessory ... except that it was reportedly given to Clinton by an intern we'd come to know as Monica Lewinsky.

Here's hoping that President Obama likes his gifts -- whatever they may be.

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steveap August 04 2014 at 10:34 AM

Hillary gave Bill the kfc special--2 fat thighs and a left wing.

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mgt0331 steveap August 04 2014 at 11:08 AM

That is funny stuff.

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masterinbama steveap August 04 2014 at 7:25 PM

the good bad and ugly lol the good is he is history the bad he even got elected and the ugly is hitlery his wife

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qltngrandma masterinbama August 04 2014 at 11:36 PM

If you didn't have your head up your obvious republican head up your a$$ you would know that he left the office in the black. It took the Bush family to get us so far into the red but then why not blame Obama....you are so typical !!!

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coopdabomb August 04 2014 at 7:51 AM

I hear Clinton got some stain remover and the lawn jockey obama got a membership to the Liar's Culb

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salmagundi111 August 04 2014 at 10:14 AM

Bill Clinton, a disgrace to the country and the Office, yet still admired by millions of drones.

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dbear4u2 August 04 2014 at 9:02 AM

Didn't Obama get a bucket of fried chicken from KFC and a crate of watermelons hand picked by a bunch of illegal, I mean undocumented, workers?

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hangten1955 August 04 2014 at 10:23 AM

President Clinton: Even if it’s in the oval office, I really don’t care if he, or anyone, is unfaithful and has an affair. It is between them and their spouse. I take exception, however, that he lied about it to his wife and daughter, to congress while under oath, and to the American people. It never ceases to amaze me that this is the person Democrats parade out as their “Poster Boy.” His wife viciously vilified the woman that he had the affair with. Her name is Hillary. If there is a war on woman, she is leading the charge.

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moooooooooochelle August 04 2014 at 12:25 PM


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Tbears moooooooooochelle August 04 2014 at 2:30 PM

And a box name Monica's delights

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skydrop007 August 04 2014 at 9:33 AM

Was monica lewinsky at the party?

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Captain Jack August 04 2014 at 9:41 AM

they should have given him a blow up doll

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Jeremiah August 04 2014 at 8:39 AM

So for Moosehell's birthday, she's actually is going to stay in Hawaii without Ovomit. That's a wonderful B'day present for him.

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GUNSLINGER August 04 2014 at 8:35 AM

More "ILLEGAL ALIENS" for the Kenyan?

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