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Surprise! Happy Birthday from President Obama

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President Barack Obama presents a birthday cake to Bloomberg White House reporter Julianna Goldman as she blows out the candle aboard Air Force One during the flight to Washington from Afghanistan May 2, 2012.

Which was more surprising? Being flown to Afghanistan in the middle of the night aboard Air Force One? Or having the President of the United States honor your birthday?

On the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan and said his goal "to defeat al-Qaida and deny it a chance to rebuild is now within our reach." NBC's Atia Abawi reports.