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WASHINGTON (January 17, 2013) — As the First Lady Michelle Obama celebrates her 50th birthday, AARP today released the following statement from CEO A. Barry Rand: 

“On behalf of AARP and its more than 37 million members, we want to wish a warm and very happy 50th birthday to First Lady Michelle Obama, as she reaches this very special milestone. Welcome to the club! Not only is Mrs. Obama helping to change and reshape the way people look at aging in this country, but she’s also showing folks how great 50 looks today. We’re proud to be able to call her a member of the AARP family and know that she will continue to set a great example to all by showing that age sets no boundaries on what you can achieve in life.”

A photo of Mrs. Obama receiving her AARP Membership card at the White House, as well as a special mock cover of AARP The Magazine featuring the First Lady are available upon request by emailing Michelle Alvarez at

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