President Obama’s Fourth of July Remarks

"On July 4th, 1776, a small band of patriots declared that we were a people created equal..."

  • Share
  • Read Later
Jim Young / REUTERS

Remarks provided by the White House Press Office

Hi everybody.  I hope you all had a safe and happy Fourth of July, filled with parades, cookouts, fireworks and family reunions.

We celebrated at the White House with a few hundred members of the military and their families. And we took a moment amid the festivities to remember what our Independence Day is all about – what happened 237 years ago, and what it meant to the world.

On July 4th, 1776, a small band of patriots declared that we were a people created equal – free to think and worship and live as we please.  It was a declaration heard around the world – that we were no longer colonists, we were Americans, and our destiny would not be determined for us; it would be determined by us.

It was a bold and tremendously brave thing to do.  It was also nearly unthinkable.  At that time, kings and princes and emperors ruled the world.  But those patriots were certain that a better way was possible.  And to achieve it – to win their freedom – they were willing to lay it all on the line.  Their lives.  Their fortunes.  Their sacred honor.

They fought a revolution.  Few would have bet on our side to win.  But for the first of many times to come, America proved the doubters wrong.

And now, 237 years later, the United States – this improbable nation – is the greatest in the world.  A land of liberty and opportunity.  A global defender of peace and freedom.  A beacon of hope to people everywhere who cherish those ideals.

Generations of Americans made our country what it is today – farmers and teachers, engineers and laborers, entrepreneurs and elected leaders – people from all walks of life, from all parts of the world, all pulling in the same direction.

And now we, the people, must make their task our own – to live up to the words of that Declaration of Independence, and secure liberty and opportunity for our own children, and for future generations.

I want to say a special word of thanks to the men and women of our military, who have played such a vital role in the story of our nation.  You have defended us at home and abroad.  And you have fought on our nation’s behalf to make the world a better, safer place.  People in scattered corners of the world are living in peace today, free to write their own futures, because of you.  We are grateful for your service and your sacrifice, especially those still serving in harm’s way and your families here at home.

So, God bless you all.  And may God bless the United States of America.

22 comments
ahandout
ahandout

How do you reconcile these words with all the broken promises, lies, contortions of the truth, obfuscation, stonewalling, back room deals, presidential edicts (so much like a king), Czars, bribes, campaigning, campaigning, campaigning, did I say lies? of Obama? 

He doesn't stand for one word that is in this speech.  Obama is the polar opposite of the people that founded America.

JRTomlinAuthor
JRTomlinAuthor

"I hope you all had a safe and happy Fourth of July, filled with parades, cookouts, fireworks and family reunions."

We did but NOT one free of NSA spying on US citizens. Thanks for carrying on the Bush administration's destruction of our freedoms, Mr. President.

DiFrench
DiFrench

I'm confused:  "We celebrated at the White House with a few hundred members of the military and their families. And we took a moment amid the festivities to remember what our Independence Day is all about – what happened 237 years ago, and what it meant to the world." 


I thought he was in Africa?

Tommy34684
Tommy34684

He has yet to apologize to people with Catholic educations for his offensive remarks while in Ireland.

jcapan
jcapan

Happy 4th of July Swampcritters:

"At that time, kings and princes and emperors ruled the world."

They still do--they just go by different names--Chairman and CEO, Lord Blankfein et al.

"But those patriots were certain that a better way was possible.  And to achieve it – to win their freedom – they were willing to lay it all on the line.  Their lives.  Their fortunes.  Their sacred honor."

Which is why it's such a travesty of justice that you/yours continue to exploit that sacrifice, that you can with a straight face claim you honor their legacies, as opposed to representing the new-aristocrats who represent everything those patriots held vile.

"A land of liberty and opportunity.  A global defender of peace and freedom.  A beacon of hope to people everywhere who cherish those ideals."

That must play well at home to audiences that don't get out much but trust from this exile that it's dated and thinly veiled manure.

"Generations of Americans made our country what it is today – farmers and teachers, engineers and laborers, entrepreneurs and elected leaders – people from all walks of life, from all parts of the world, all pulling in the same direction."

 With the exception of the fabulously successful, corporate persons and their benefactors in DC, the rest of us are wondering which is our go-to soup kitchen when we retire.

"And you have fought on our nation’s behalf to make the world a better, safer place.  People in scattered corners of the world are living in peace today, free to write their own futures, because of you."

Umm, yeah right, b/c it's never had anything to do with preying upon the world's most vulnerable to enhance the portfolios of the world's (literally) most evil human beings. But thanks for playing Presidential b-s bingo. See you next week on the "next big brother," where we'll put Snowden's testicles in a vice and watch him dance.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout You mean slave owners who wanted to control power in the hands of a select few land owners? In that  case you would be correct.

drudown
drudown

@ahandout 

You are a pathetic excuse for a patriot. 

Perhaps you'd be so kind as to reconcile your assessment when juxtaposed against President Obama's predecessor? Because, last time I checked, none of President Obama's purported "lies" cost $4 trillion like Bush's lies over WMDs...nor can you even expect a semblance of seriousness by imputing "stonewalling" to the Obama Administration. Why don't you spare me your conclusory drivel and put your cards on the table? Enough.

Facts. Verifiable data. Evidence. 

If you can't proffer them, put a sock in it, liar.

"truth fears no trial." - thomas fuller, md

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@tkulaga The Catholic Church in Ireland has yet to apologize for running sweatshops and molesting thousands of kids.

Tommy34684
Tommy34684

@mantisdragon91 @tkulaga The Catholic Church does not molest kids. Individuals did that. Not the Church. There are sick individuals throughout society are there not?

Tommy34684
Tommy34684

@forgottenlord @tkulaga The Catholic Church is a global entity I doubt the Vatican turns the lights on and off in every Cathedral, local Church and office building etc. It could very well be the Vatican was the last to hear about any of these problems caused by individuals in Florida and elsewhere.

Two you cannot convince me all entities follow your appropriate behavior pattern for corporations. There is such a thing as selective enforcement in all such matters.  My cattle have all been slaughtered, I don't need your bull.

Get over it.


Tommy34684
Tommy34684

@JRTomlinAuthor @tkulaga @mantisdragon91 To some, I suppose. To me, I think the Church was and remains embarrassed and further weakened by the actions of a few. Should we discard our entire society because this type of thing happens everywhere? Cover ups were not invented by the Catholics.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@tkulaga

When employees of companies commit criminal actions while doing the work of their employer:

1) The employee is taken through an appropriate discipline process that matches the severity of the crime (in the case of rape and child molestation, it's automatic termination)

2) They apologize personally to the individuals harmed.  In the event of systemic problems affecting the population at large.

3) Depending on the severity of the crime, they will often seek or be required to seek restitution with the individuals involved.

If, instead, the employer, with full knowledge of the crimes fails to report it, takes no reasonable corrective action and in many cases, prevents actions from being taken against those who committed the crimes, and all of this is a systemic problem in the company, the company will suffer severe fines, individuals who can be demonstrated as have participated in the cover up face significant jail time and brought on charges, the company's brand is severely damaged and the company generally finds it has to apologize and show repentance to start the process of forgiveness.

And amazingly, the Catholic Church did worse than that: they ensured their own people would not be prosecuted and elected one of the guys involved in the cover up to the position of Pope.  The Catholic Church has a lot to answer for in a lot of places.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@tkulaga @mantisdragon91 So you're saying that when these individuals do the molesting they are not members of the Catholic Church?  Are they then members of the Pervert Church? 

Tommy34684
Tommy34684

@AmandaKateWeikert-Ashcraft @tkulaga @mantisdragon91 I will count myself and every Catholic I know as lucky.  And btw, I know of no Catholic sweatshops. I do have a problem with the sex abuse within my Faith but then again, it was done, and I found out it was done just the other day, by individuals, not the Catholic Church. God bless you all. Have a great 4th.

AmandaKateWeikert-Ashcraft
AmandaKateWeikert-Ashcraft

@tkulaga @mantisdragon91 You know, I realize that you are going to probably split hairs here @tkulaga, and try to say that "individuals" at the vatican are corrupted individuals, but as a whole the Catholic cult is not guilty. I disagree since the Vatican sets the example for the rest of the clergy within Catholicism. They directed Ireland's clergy to NOT pursue a program to report all possible sex abuse to police. This directive too place back in 1997. They have the letter from the Vatican as proof. I suggest, instead of crying foul about the president remarks, consider yourself lucky that you did not experience what millions of others have. The same goes for those abused in Christianity, and any other religion in the world. Just count yourself lucky, and discount the victims and continue blindly supporting the enablers of the perpetrators.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@tkulaga @mantisdragon91 No the Church just covers up for it afterwards and attacks anyone who brings these crimes to light. Even more interestingly you made no mention of the fact that they were running sweat shops out of the orphanages and using the kids intrusted into their care as child labor.