White House Sends Baby a 'Happy 101st Birthday' Message

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By Elizabeth Chuck

The Shosted family of West Jordan, Utah, have a fun tradition: They request birthday greetings from the White House for their children. But they've never received a letter quite like the one they got for their son Benjamin, who turns one next week.

"Dear Benjamin: Happy 101st birthday!" read the note, which was printed on official White House letterhead and bore the president's and first lady's signatures on the bottom.

The letter went on to call Benjamin, who is the youngest of the Shosted's four children, an "integral part of the American narrative" who has "witnessed the best of what our Nation can accomplish when we work together."

A variety of personalized presidential letters are available through the White House Greetings Office, including greetings for a baby's birth, a birthday, a retirement, a wedding, or a wedding anniversary for couples celebrating their 50th or greater anniversary.

The Shosteds wondered if Benjamin's greeting got switched with that of a centenarian.

"Maybe it's a prediction. We're still waiting to collect our social security checks for him," joked Benjamin's dad, Kevin Shosted.