President Barack Obama waves to people on the street after eating at Good Stuff Eatery on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Capitol Hill neighborhood August 3, 2011 in Washington, DC.

*President Obama will celebrate his 50th birthday week with a pair of events that double as fundraisers for his 2012 election campaign.

One, at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, will include 1,000 attendees who will shell out up to $35,800 a couple to see the likes of Herbie Hancock, Jennifer Hudson and OK Go perform, reports Reuters. A second, more intimate soiree will be held later in the evening, with somewhere between 80 and 100 VIPs. The beleaguer Prez will attend both.

As for his actual birthday on Thursday, Obama will celebrate with a small gathering in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday. The guest list has yet to be disclosed.

Below, some pics from earlier today, as President Obama took his administrative staff to lunch at the Good Stuff Eatery in D.C. as a thank you for their work during the debt ceiling drama.


President Obama (2nd R) pays for his lunch and that of a woman at Good Stuff Eatery on August 3, 2011 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. Obama took members of his administration staff out to lunch to thank them for their months of hard work on resolving the debt ceiling crisis.

Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Nancy Ann DeParle (2nd R) , Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling (2nd L) and Assistant to the President and Director, Legislative Affairs Rob Nabors.