Birthday Surprise At 32,000 Feet

We're not spoiling anything when we tell you that the wife and family of Federal Emergency Management Agency Director David Paulison had a surprise 60th birthday party planned at his Florida home earlier this month. He never made it.

The same weekend, tornadoes hit Alabama and Georgia, and he hopped aboard Air Force One to join President Bush in a tour of the area. But word must have gotten to the president, because on the way home, Paulison was given a cake while the president and senior staff sang "Happy Birthday."

He tells us that it was "the biggest surprise of my life" and that he felt "incredibly honored."

By Paul Bedard
  • CBSNews


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