WASHINGTON, Jul 5 – US President Barack Obama celebrated the country’s military as well as his daughter Malia’s 18th birthday at the White House to mark America’s Independence Day holiday on Monday. Obama said they all know that their freedoms are dependent on an incredible group of men and women in uniform and the families who look out for them every single day.
He said, for those in their military who could not attend, they just want to say how much they admire, respect and appreciate everything them do to fight for their freedom every single day. The story of American independence is “something that we have to fight for every single day,” he added.
“It involves us respecting each other. And it involves us recognising that there are still people in this country who are going hungry – and they’re not free because of that. There are still people in this country who can’t find work – and freedom without the ability to contribute to society and put a roof over your head or look after your family, that’s not yet what we aim for.”
He spoke inside the White House after a concert originally scheduled to be held outside was moved because of bad weather. Rapper Kendrick Lamar and singer Janelle Monae headlined the event. Obama ended by saying his daughter Malia’s 18th birthday also fell on July 4. Before leading the singing of “Happy Birthday, he said and just because it’s a job of a father to embarrass the daughters, he have got one last job. The capital’s annual fireworks show took place afterwards, marred by rain clouds.