As you can imagine, Independence Day is a pretty big deal at the White House. It’s kind of the reason everybody around there has a job, so they tend to make it a big celebration. The United States declaring our independence from England was a big step and a dangerous one at that. They had to be all in because as Ben Franklin so famously said: “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
America has made a proud history of hanging together in good times and bad, clinging to the freedoms that those founding fathers and every generation of soldiers since have secured and kept safe for us. Some really bad times came over the past 8 years when the most un-American and disrespectful presidents in United States history occupied the White House.
Our freedoms were put at risk and our men and women in uniform were degraded and treated like second class citizens. But not anymore. The President and First Lady killed the fatted calf and put on a 4th of July picnic in honor of our great country and those who so bravely serve it, and everybody got involved.
Via Daily Mail:
[President] Trump and Melania, wearing a long blue and white dress, appeared on the Truman Balcony at the White House on Tuesday afternoon where the 71-year-old president praised the contribution of servicemen and women.
‘Each of you here today represents that rare combination of patriotism, virtue and courage,’ he told the crowd. ‘At this moment your brothers and sisters in arms are posted around the globe, fighting our enemies and standing watch to protect our nation, they are fighting for us.
‘We are thanking them, praying for them and saluting them for their selfless sacrifice.’
Trump pledged his ‘unwavering support’, promising them and their families he would ‘always have your back.’
He also commented on the luck of having such pleasant weather for the event which will be followed by a fireworks viewing event for military families and staffers.
The fireworks celebration on the National Mall is a large-scale event that attracts people from across the country to see the sparks fly in the nation’s capitol.
‘The rain stopped just as we came out,’ he added. ‘I don’t know what that means, but it’s not bad.’
Earlier that day, the president had been spotted at his golf club in Virginia – his 36th day at a golf course as president.
It’s also his 50th visit to a Trump-owned venue since taking office and has spent many a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago luxury resort in West Palm Beach and golf clubs in Virginia and New Jersey.
The president, also wished a ‘Happy 4th to everyone’ earlier Tuesday, tweeted that he was ‘getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July with a big crowd at the White House’, adding: ‘Our country will grow and prosper!’
First daughter and special counselor Ivanka Trump also spoke out about her pride in Americans and her appreciation for the country.
‘I am proud on so many levels, and really traveling this country has made me even more of a proud American today than at any other point in my life,’ she said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday. ‘You see the spirit, the tenacity. You see the sacrifice.’
‘You meet with soldiers and sailors and their families, and you think about all the things that they’re doing to ensure that the America we know remains true and can continue on,’ she continued.
She later posted a video on Instagram showing her celebrating Independence Day with her adorable three children at the White House.
Five year-old Arabella, three-year-old Joseph and one-year-old Theodore were all filmed tucking into ice cream before the fireworks.
Arabella took a moment to say ‘Happy 4th of July’ while her mother was filming the short clip, and her younger brother Joseph followed her lead by saying the same thing.
The 35-year-old mother can be heard asking her children ‘if they are having fun’, to which Arabella proudly nods her head yes.
For the video’s caption, Ivanka wrote: ‘A little ice cream before the fireworks! #fourthofjuly’.
Melania also wished everyone a Happy Independence Day on Twitter, adding: ‘We are the land of the free because of the brave. Thank you to the heroes who serve!
‘Thank you to the @USNavy Country Current & @USArmy Down Range bands for performing at tonight’s picnic to honor the military. #Happy4th’
While we celebrate our independence on the 4th of July, it should be a given that none of that would be possible without our military force. The United States has a proud history of one of the greatest fighting forces on the planet and that’s due to leaders like President Trump who inspire not only confidence but employ a call to action that the volunteers in our military can follow with their whole heart.
The reason this is even worth commenting on is because of the extreme loathing that many in our armed forces had for our previous Commander in Chief. The new respect that they’re experiencing from our current administration must be like a breath of fresh air for those serving their country. We don’t know what the future holds or if this will continue with whoever comes after President Trump, but it’s an incredible thing to see right now.
If you’ve got a problem with that, please, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
(Source: Daily Mail)
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