The pool report from an event at the White House suggests that a reporter brought into the Oval Office for a photo-op of Barack Obama and the president of Yemen wished the president a "happy birthday." Or, at least, someone offered the president good wishes today in the Oval Office ahead of Obama's August 4 birthday.
Via the pool report:
Pool was ushered into Oval Office at 5pm, where POTUS was seated with President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi of Yemen.
Will send full transcript of their remarks after this. Here's a quick overview.
POTUS and Hadi both spoke for about five minutes apiece, through translators. Both appeared pretty relaxed, listened intently as the other spoke. Topics included the partnership between the US and Yemen, our joint counterterrorism efforts, the growing push for change and democracy among Yemeni youth.
POTUS ignored a handful of questions tossed out by poolers at the end, about Russia and Snowden, and about Guantanamo.
Your pooler also heard someone say, "Happy birthday." POTUS' birthday is Aug. 4.