WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is keeping a low public profile as he celebrates his 53rd birthday. <br />
Obama has no public events scheduled Monday, though he will be getting his daily briefing and meeting with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. <br />
Obama held a weekend celebration on the golf course and at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains. Among those joining the president were three friends from his childhood in Hawaii. <br />
The president's birthday comes amid a trying stretch for the White House on both domestic and international issues. As Obama was being peppered with political and policy questions during a news conference Friday, he said: ``I thought that you guys were going to ask me how I was going to spend my birthday.''
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