Part of the laser show featured an image of Obama wearing a birthday hat and eating a banana along with the words "Happy birthday, Obama" in large letters. The Moscow Student Initiative took responsibility for the display on the Russian social networking site VKontakte.
Across the street, RT filmed activists unfurling another offensive message -- a banner with a picture of the president in a birthday hat covering his eyes, ears and mouth. "Don't see. Don't hear. Don't speak the truth to anyone," the banner read.
Across from the US embassy in Moscow today, Russians hung this racist banner addressing Obama on his 53rd birthday. pic.twitter.com/wqhX9ILE8W— Kevin Rothrock (@KevinRothrock) August 4, 2014
The commander in chief turned 53 on Monday.