Vice President Pence, who turned 58 onWednesday, did his best to look surprised when greeted by balloons, streamers and a weak rendition of “Happy Birthday” as he boarded Air Force 2.
“What are you all doing?” Pence asked, according to a reporter on the plane. “This is out of control.”
Pence was traveling to Houston to participate in NASA’s announcement of its newest class of astronauts.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, as well as Reps. Brian Babin and Lamar Smith, joined him on the flight.
Before Pence arrived, an aide passed out brightly colored party hats. The middle section of the plane had been decorated with balloons and red, white and blue streamers. Federal regulations apparently prohibited any birthday candles.
The pool reporter covering the trip described Pence as responding to the scene in a combination of faux-surprise and subdued delight.
“I feel 58 years young,” Pence said as he posed for a photo with Cruz.
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