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Bill Maher

Maher: I want a presidential appearance for birthday

Bill Maher is hoping for a visit from President Barack Obama for his 60th birthday.

The HBO "Real Time" host said he's launching a petition campaign for his fans to urge the White House to schedule a presidential appearance on his show. He said Friday that it wouldn't bother him if not for the fact that "this president has done virtually every other show in the known universe."

He referenced Obama appearances with comic Zach Galifianakis on "Between Two Ferns," giving his NCAA basketball tournament picks on ESPN and talking about hair on "Live with Kelly and Michael."

Maher, who turns 60 on Wednesday, said he couldn't understand...