Washington Hows it going, everybody? Are you hot? This is how US President Barack Obama began his Independence Day address as over millions of Americans braved a scorchingly hot July 4 holiday without power, reports PTI. The president, accompanie
d by First Lady Michelle Obama, hosted a barbecue and concert on Wednesday on the White House South Lawn and mingled with service members, some in wheelchairs, and their families amid tents with lemonade and cotton candy stands. Addressing the gathering, Obama, who is seeking re- election in November, tried to lift the mood at the party by saying he would be speaking briefly so as not to ruin a nice backyard barbecue.
” Now, the last thing anybody wants to do is to ruin a nice backyard barbecue with a long speech, so Ialt39m going to be quick,” he said amid applause.
” It is always such an honour for us to spend this holiday with members of our military and your extraordinary families.
All of you represent what is best in America. ” So as your Commander- in- Chief – but also as an American – I want to invite all of you over to say one thing: thank you,” Obama said.
” All the men and women who stand with us here this afternoon are an example of this generation of heroes – this 9/ 11 Generation that has earned its place in history alongside the greatest generations,” he said.
” So, Happy Fourth of July, everybody.
Enjoy the fireworks.
Get some hot dogs. God bless you. God bless your families. And God bless the United States of America,” he said. Nearly one million people went without power on – I- Day on Wednesday.
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