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Video: Jennifer Hudson Helps Celebrate President Obama's 50th Birthday

August 5, 2011 (8:41 am) GMT
The finalist of 'American Idol' season 3 sings 'Happy Birthday' for the president at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago when supporting a fundraising event.

recently helped President Barack Obama celebrate his 50th birthday in style. The former "" contestant led the crowd singing "Happy Birthday" for the president before delivering a solo performance of "Let It Be".

Her performance was also part of a fundraising event in Chicago for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. It was held at the Aragon Ballroom on August 3, a day before Obama's actual birthday. and were the other guests attending the event.

In his speech, Obama said, "I could not have a better early birthday present than spending tonight with all of you." He later joked, "It is true that I turn 50 tomorrow, which means that by the time I wake up, I will have an email from AARP, asking me to call President Obama and tell him to protect Medicare."

A second celebration was held the next day at the White House. A brief toast for the president was held by senior administration staff members at midday, and it was followed by a reception for friends and family in the Rose Garden.

Jennifer Hudson singing "Happy Birthday":


Jennifer Hudson singing "Let It Be":


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