President Obama’s trip to Afghanistan, which lasted just 6 hours and 5 minutes, ended with birthday cake for the President and the White House press corps even as Kabul erupted in violence, according to the pool report.

The impromptu party occurred during the flight last night from Bagram Airfield as the president led the press cabin in a round of “Happy Birthday” after serving birthday cake, complete with a lit candle, to Bloomberg reporter Julianna Goldman, according to Politico’s Josh Gerstein, who was aboard Air Force One.

Goldman, who moderated a Republican primary debate in October, belongs to a family that has been prominent in Democratic politics and fundraising for some time. Her ex-husband is David Shuster, the former MSNBC daytime host who used to guest-anchor Keith Olbermann’s Countdown.

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