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Obama Marks Independence Day

US President Obama 4th of July Address
US President Obama 4th of July Address
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President Barack Obama is celebrating Independence Day, the national holiday marking the birth of the United States of America 238 years ago. 

In his weekly address to the nation, the president traced the history of the country back to the the nation's "founding fathers" --  the "farmers and businessmen, doctors and lawyers, ministers and a kite-flying scientist"  who approved the new nation's Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. 

Then as now, the president said, the nation's leaders came from diverse backgrounds, "but they were united by a belief in a simple truth - that we are all created equal." 

Obama repeated the Declaration's proclamation that all people have "inalienable" rights, including "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." 

Those principles, he said, have sustained the United States through war and depression as well as peace and prosperity. 

The concepts of liberty and equality, Obama added, "helped us build the strongest democracy, the greatest middle class, and the most powerful military the world has ever known." 

"And today," Obama said, "there isn’t a nation on Earth that wouldn’t gladly trade places with the United States of America."  

The president said the United States has succeeded in so many areas because "generations of Americans have marched, organized, petitioned, fought and even died to extend those rights to others; to widen the circle of opportunity for others; and to perfect this union we love so much."

Obama also thanked members of the American military, especially those serving abroad "on this most American of holidays," and said their efforts make the nation "a shining beacon of hope for the world." 

On a more informal note, he also congratulated the U.S. Men's Soccer Team for its high standard of play at the World Cup in Brazil, and encouraged all Americans to enjoy traditional summertime recreation and have "a great Fourth of July weekend."

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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 15, 2014 8:32 PM
Let us all focus on what Independence is instead of giving credit to Obama for anything! Even in his speeches! We are celebrating independence, independence that was fought and paid for by people who never got a chance to experience it!!!
You are talking about the USA I love and hold dear! But the Obama USA loves to talk, smile for the cameras, talk some more, take selfies, strive for popularity, and smile for the cameras! At least Reagan worked with Gorby when Gorby knew that the Soviet Empire was finished. Do you remember the pictures of the first McDonald's that opened in Russia, it was pure mayhem! McDonald's!!!! That was just a small taste of independence for the Russians. I bet that the Soviet KGB Putin has closed every one of them by now. He is in total control of all media, television, phones, internet. Independence? All media providers have lost all advertisers since Putin took over the media outlets. Check this out for yourself. Ukraine is just the appetizer of the Soviet KGB Putin. There are reports that all independent nations under the former Soviet Union are on high alert, closing their borders, and tightening up their security at check points, border crossings, and airports. And with the super scary sanctions proposed by Obama and EU, I'm sure Putin is laughing and falling out of his chair, I mean throne! With Obama being the leader of the free-world, Putin knows that he is the biggest BS pacifist in human history. Ukraine, for Putin, is like dipping your toes into the water before actually diving in! Think I'm kidding........Poland?
Believe it for yourself! ISIL is going strong---Obama is talking, smiling, taking selfies! Rebels (with Russian weapons) are cutting up UIkraine---Obama is checking his teeth "do I have anything stuck in my teeth?" Boko Haram just kidnapped more girls, and have over run most of eastern Nigeria---Obama is looking at the popularity polls, "45% approval rating? What! Ok Michelle, let's go and try some more selfies, this is BS!!!!" At least Clinton did a darn fine job, and shut up Monica! Yeah, you didn't know he was married, oh the innocent victim you were! I am a Republican by the way. Bush lied. Reagan was the last great president since Lincoln.
Lincoln freed the slaves, but didn't grant them the same freedoms and liberties of whites. FDR (democrat)ensured the policiy of segregation, even had Jimi Hendrix's dad put in the Army stockade to prevent him from seeing his son born! Read that story for yourself. If Lincoln freed the slaves, then why was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr running around making speeches 100 years later? Independence Day for all Americans should be recalculated to 1965 when ALL Americans were granted freedom and equal rights. Why bring out this topic concerning slaves and independence, it's easy to understand:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all MEN are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
"But when a long train of ABUSES and USURPATIONS (slavery?), pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
These lines of justifications for a war with England is in our Declaration of Independence. Our reasons for Independence was not honor to ALL Americans until 1965!!!


by: meanbill from: USA
July 04, 2014 12:25 PM
US President Obama gave his speech, touting the US, and "the US having the most powerful military the world has ever known"..... (but, in all reality)... The US with the greatest most powerful military force the world has ever known, hasn't "won" a single conflict or war, they ever started or participated in, since WW2.... have they?.. NOW what good is having the greatest most powerful military the world has ever know, if you can't defeat anybody?... and if the US didn't have the greatest most powerful military the world has ever known.... they just might have "negotiated" with other countries, instead of interfering in the other countries politics, and starting wars, and causing violence, killings, destruction and wars, that continue on to this day..... JUST MAYBE?

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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 11, 2014 7:35 AM
Meanbill, to begin with...blah blah blah! That's why you will never....blah blah blah.....unequal treaty....blah, blah-blah? This blah is about blah, maybe if you blah, then you just might blah! Oh, and nice comment about celebrating Independence Day, you total freakin loser! For a guy who claims to have been in the infantry, you have a unique way of showing your true soldier's side. Come on, Meanbill, you weren't in the infantry. You were in the military, as a....ummmmm....a marshmallow! You were a fluffy and spongy marshmallow, weren't you? Somebody get me a chunk of Hershey's and 2 graham crackers.....QUICK!!!!

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