Obama Turns 50: What Were Other Presidents Doing at That Age?

BY Larisa Epatko  August 4, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST

President Obama; photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Obama celebrates his 50th birthday Thursday with the passage of the debt ceiling compromise earlier in the week likely not far from his mind.

We took the opportunity to look at past presidents and what they were doing at the same milestone age: from George Washington, who was trying to quell a possible mutiny among war-weary soldiers, to George W. Bush, who was governor of Texas and about to make his first presidential run.

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