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Barack Obama turned 49 on Wednesday, a milestone he marked away from the public eye at his home in Chicago. But even the president of the United States couldn't escape the withering gaze of the Twitter birthday police.

CBS White House reporter Mark Knoller says the president is not personally to blame for his rapidly declining good looks.

In other news, Happy Birthday, Mr. President. It's his 49th. In recent days, he's been lamenting his gray hair. Could be the job, not age.less than a minute ago via web

New York Daily News White House correspondent Ken Bazinet blew the lid off the Secret Service's pastry racket.

POTUS laments Secret Service wouldnt let union pals give him cake today for 49th b'day, joking that "They're probably eating it right now."less than a minute ago via UberTwitter

Marcy Wheeler, for one, felt something was missing from the festivities.

On his 49th birthday, POTUS will address labor leaders rather than clear brush. What's a birthday w/no brush clearing?less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

The Washington Post's Ezra Klein revealed he has naive, gullible friends.

My friends celebrate my birthday every year without ever having seen definitive proof that it was actually May 9th. #gotchasuckersless than a minute ago via web

Paul Brandus brought his followers up to speed on this 'Obama' fellow who is 'President'.

On This Day. 1961: Barack Obama was born. He is the 44th President, and has served since 2009.less than a minute ago via web

Huffington Post's Jason Linkins reminded us that today is also the birthday of another special boy...

SO IT HAS COME TO THIS: happy birthday, @mikemadden!less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

...John Riggins!

@dceiver It has, indeed. Also born on Aug. 4: John Riggins.less than a minute ago via Nambu

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