So before blowing out the candles the First Minister had some news for us. He'll stand aside in September of next year, on his 70th birthday.
The man who gave us that memorable image of a three-legged duck that swims in circles knows what happens to lame duck leaders. Did he ever regret saying publicly he was going to stand down before the next Assembly Election?
Will he regret putting a date on it?
May be. But he's put in an interesting caveat. He'll stand aside in September 2009 unless there's a General Election in that year - that might change his mind.
Just imagine that there is an early General Election and just imagine that Labour in Westminster lose their hold on power - just how quickly would Labour in Wales decide to push for a referendum? Now a brand new First Minister wouldn't fancy staking his future on the result perhaps but an old hand, a man who'll have given Welsh politics everything he's got?
Wouldn't they wonder whether we'd find it harder to say no to him?
Just a thought.