Independence Day 2012

July 4, 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.

We celebrate the 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of American democracy.

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Salute to the Military

President Obama and First Lady Michelle will celebrate the Fourth of July by hosting military heroes and their families with a Fourth Annual “Salute to the Military” USO Concert  at the White House.  The celebration includes a barbeque, USO concert and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn.

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6:00 PM EDT: President Obama delivers remarks from the South Lawn
8:00 PM EDT: USO Concert
9:00 PM EDT: National Capitol fireworks display

 Live Stream: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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  1. WH

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
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    10:15 AM
    President Obama arrives at Ft. McNair.

    10:25 AM
    President Obama arrives at the White House.

    10:50 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony for Active Duty Service Members and presents the “Outstanding American by Choice Recognition” to naturalized citizens with exceptional achievements.
    East Room, White House

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
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    4:00 PM
    Vice President Biden meets with Obama supporters
    Scranton, PA

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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle deliver remarks at the Fourth Annual “Salute to the Military” Fourth of July Celebration. Attending will be military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbeque, USO concert and fireworks
    South Lawn, White House

    7:00 PM
    Vice President Biden attends the “Scrantastic Spectacular” fireworks display
    Courthouse Square, Scranton, PA

    8:00 PM
    8:10 PM
    USO Concert with Brad Paisley
    South Lawn, White House

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    • POTUS podium

      July 4, 2012

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      10:50 AM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony for Active Duty Service Members and presents the “Outstanding American by Choice Recognition” to naturalized citizens with exceptional achievements.
      East Room, White House

      6:00 PM ET
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle deliver remarks at the Fourth Annual “Salute to the Military” Fourth of July Celebration. Attending will be military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbeque, USO concert and fireworks
      South Lawn, White House

      8:10 PM ET
      Independence Day Celebration from the White House

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      10:50 AM ET
      President Obama to delivers remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony for Active Duty Service Members and presents the “Outstanding American by Choice Recognition” to naturalized citizens with exceptional achievements.
      East Room, White House

      6:00 PM ET
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle deliver remarks at the Fourth Annual “Salute to the Military” Fourth of July Celebration. Attending will be military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbeque, USO concert and fireworks
      South Lawn, White House

      8:10 PM ET
      Independence Day Celebration from the White House

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

  2. independence-day-flag-declaration

    Happy Independence Day America!

    Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It’s a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag.

    * Declaration of Independence
    * Fun Facts About July 4
    * Today in History – July 4
    * U.S. Flag History and Facts
    * Historical Documents

    Fireworks
    * Fireworks Safety, Recalls, and Regulations
    * Firework Fact Sheet and State Laws

    • *** THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO KEEP AMERICA SAFE: OUR ARMED FORCES, COAST GUARD, FIRE FIGHTERS AND POLICE !!! ***

      “ARMED FORCES SALUTE” Penn Yan Community Chorus

    • Joining Forces

      Honoring Their Service with Ours

      Posted by Katelyn Sabochik on July 01, 2011

      This Independence Day, you can join First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in supporting our troops, military families, and veterans by getting involved with Joining Forces.

      Here’s a few things you can do right now:

      * Operation Honor Card. You can get involved right now through Operation Honor Card – an effort to encourage Americans to support our military families by participating in service projects to serve those who serve us. At HonorCards.org, you can pledge hours of community service, find service projects in your area, and track your progress.

      * Send a Message of Thanks. A simple act of kindness can mean so much. Say thanks to a military family today.

      * Share Your Story of Support. How are you serving our nation’s military families? Tell us your story.

      Stay Connected. There are plenty of ways to stay connected with Joining Forces. You can sign up for email updates, like Joining Forces on Facebook, or follow @JoiningForces on Twitter.

      • Helping the spouses of those who serve
        States must make professional licensure easier for military husbands and wives

        July 2, 2012 By Michelle Obama – baltimoresun.com

        Shelly Snell is a registered nurse. She’s been married to Navy Commander Ben Snell for 16 years. They have two boys. And as a Navy family, the Snells have moved nine times, including a stint in Maryland.

        It’s a fact of life for military spouses — when the country calls, they step up to answer. When their loved ones are sent overseas for months on end, they’re holding everything together back home. When the PTA, the parish council, the Little League or the Girl Scouts need a volunteer, they’re the first ones to raise their hands. And when they’re asked to pack up their family and begin a new life in a new hometown, they’re proud to do it.

        But for so many military spouses like Shelly, each move to a new state also means a return to a familiar headache: renewing a professional license. Shelly has renewed her license as a nurse seven times — and she’s not alone. More than 100,000 military spouses throughout America serve in a profession that requires a license or certification to work; that’s more than one-third of military spouses in the labor force. So for teachers, nurses, real estate agents, accountants, physical therapists and dozens of other kinds of professionals, a move can mean gathering old transcripts, paying new fees, filling out a pile of paperwork, and sometimes even taking entry-level classes — no matter how many years of experience they have.

        t’s a process that can take months. And during that time, these military spouses can’t practice their profession, even though there are jobs open in their new communities and companies desperate to hire them. That means their skills go unused while their families try to get by without the income they need. It means they are unable to advance in the careers they trained for — often for years. And sometimes, the hassle is simply too much, and these spouses choose to quit the careers they love and choose new ones that are more friendly to a military lifestyle. So it’s no wonder that military spouses bring this issue up to me more than any other.

        For more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-military-spouses-20120702,0,1639693.story

    • BRAD PAISLEY HEADLINES WHITE HOUSE’S ANNUAL ‘SALUTE TO THE MILITARY’ ON FOURTH OF JULY

      Monday, July 02, 2012 uso.org

      The “Salute to the Military” USO concert and Fourth of July celebration at the White House welcomes one of country music’s biggest stars to perform for the first family and some our nation’s troops and their families.

      Chart-topping artist Brad Paisley will headline the fourth annual event that includes a barbecue, family-friendly games, a musical selection by “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and a capitol view of the Washington, D.C. fireworks.

      A three-time Grammy Award-winner, Paisley has placed more than 20 singles at the top of the charts and been awarded 14 Country Music Association Awards including the 2010 “Entertainer of the Year.”

      “The Fourth of July has always been about family, freedom and celebration,” Paisley said. “I am so honored to be spending my holiday performing a USO concert for our troops and their families and to be celebrating those freedoms with the men and women who put everything on the line to defend them.”

      USO President and CEO Sloan Gibson said: “Every day of the year, the USO finds ways to support and thank our troops and their families for their service. As we head into our fourth annual ‘Salute to the Military’ celebration at the White House, it’s important to reflect on those sacrifices made by our troops and their families and to tell them how much they are appreciated. Take a moment this July 4th to say ‘thank you’ to our service men and women and their families.”

      The event is expected to be attended by more than 1,200 troops and military families and will be streamed live on http:www.whitehouse.gov.

      • Q&A: BRAD PAISLEY DISCUSSES ENTERTAINING MILITARY FAMILIES AT THE WHITE HOUSE THIS FOURTH OF JULY

        Tuesday, July 03, 2012

        By Christian Pelusi uso.org

        You wouldn’t think that much would faze Brad Paisley at this point. The country music star has sold over 12 million albums and recorded 20 songs that reached No. 1. He’s won the Academy of Country Music’s Top Male Vocalist of the Year five times and was the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 2010. Plus his 2010 tour was the most attended in country music.

        But the ability to perform for some of our nation’s military members and their families at the White House on the Fourth of July has the superstar excited and honored. He took a break from his current “Virtual Reality World Tour 2012” to answer a few questions via email about the upcoming “Salute to the Military” event.

        Q: What was your reaction when the possibility of playing for the first family and military families at the White House on the Fourth of July was brought to your attention?

        Brad Paisley: So absolutely honored. As a proud American I can think of no better way to honor our troops, their families and our government than by singing in that very place on that very day.

        For more: http://www.uso.org/brad-paisley-interview-white-house-concert/

    • America the Beautiful

      Published on Jul 3, 2012 by whitehouse

      Musician Keb Mo visited the White House earlier this year and performed a rendition of “America the Beautiful”. Enjoy some great scenes of America and the President set to this classic song – in celebration of Independence Day

    • ASPCA Fourth of July Safety Tips

      Dog wearing star-spangled outfit in front of flag
      For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

      * Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them
      * Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals
      * Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach
      * Keep your pets on their normal diet
      * Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it
      * Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach
      * Never use fireworks around pets
      * Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home; preferably inside of the house

      For more: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/fourth-july-safety-tips

  3. Labor Department Announces Grants to Train Homeless Vets

    From a Department of Labor News Release – dol.gov

    WASHINGTON, July 2, 2012 – The Labor Department today awarded 90 grants totaling more than $20 million to fund job training and support services that officials said will help more than 11,000 veterans succeed in civilian careers.

    The grants are being awarded through the department’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.
    “Americans who have served their country should not find themselves without a home,” Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis said. “The grants announced today will help these heroes find good jobs and take us one step closer to the goal of ending veteran homelessness altogether.”

    The grants are second- and third-year awards to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations — including faith-based and community organizations — that demonstrated satisfactory performance during the past year, officials said. Some of the grants are set aside to serve formerly incarcerated veterans, female veterans and veterans with families who are homeless.

    Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program grants provide occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services. Grantees are expected to maximize available assistance and find good jobs for veterans by coordinating efforts and resources with the Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and Housing and Urban Development department, as well as other national, state and local agencies, in accordance with VA’s five-year plan to end homelessness for veterans and their families, officials said.

    Last month, Solis announced the award of 64 grants through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. Those grants — which are separate from the 90 receiving funds today — are first-year awards totaling more than $15 million, aimed at providing about 8,600 homeless veterans nationwide with job training.

  4. July 03, 2012

    President Obama to Deliver Remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony for Active Duty Service Members at the White House

    WASHINGTON, DC – On July 4, President Obama will deliver remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members in the East Room. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will deliver the oath of allegiance. The President will also present the Outstanding American by Choice Recognition.

  5. Biden heading to Scranton for fireworks

    7/2/12 11:22 AM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    Vice President Joe Biden will be returning to his childhood home of Scranton, Penn., on Tuesday to help the city celebrate July 4th.

    Biden will meet with campaign supporters and childhood friends before delivering remarks at the “Scrantastic Spectacular” fireworks display in the city’s Courthouse Square.

    Biden told the Times-Tribune in Scranton that he will be bringing his sister, Valerie Biden Owens; his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden; and his granddaughter Natalie –Beau Biden’s daughter. He also hopes to bring his daughter, Ashley, who recently married a Philadelphia doctor.

    “We decided also to see some of my old friends and take my granddaughter to the fireworks,” he told the Times-Tribune. “I’m going to be around for the fireworks. … My granddaughter, she’s only 7 years old, she said, ‘Pop, can I see the house, can I see the house, pop?’ Because she’s seen the pictures of my old house, all that stuff. … It’s just kind of cool to go home.”

    The vice president moved away from Scranton at the age of 10, but the lore of his childhood there and in Delaware as the son of a used car salesman has become a well-known feature of Biden’s national allure.

  6. World Expo- Korea

    Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea (Hangul: 2012여수세계박람회; Hanja: 2012麗水世界博覽會) is an International Exposition recognized by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) to be held in Yeosu, South Korea from May 12 to August 12, 2012. The theme of the Expo is “The Living Ocean and Coast” with subthemes of “Preservation and Sustainable Development of the Ocean and Coast,” “New Resources Technology,” and “Creative Marine Activities.” The Yeosu Expo is anticipating participation of more than 100 countries and international organizations, and 8 million visitors.

    World Expo- Korea website: http://eng.expo2012.kr/main.html

  7. Pakistan reopens military supply routes to US, NATO forces

    7/03/12 01:14 PM ET By Carlo Munoz – TheHill

    Islamabad has decided to reopen important supply routes to American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, ending an eight-month standoff that threatened to push U.S.-Pakistan relations to the breaking point.

    The decision to open the supply lines, which had been shut off to U.S. and allied forces since last November, was made on Tuesday during a special meeting of Pakistan’s ministerial chiefs.

    Until their closure, the lines had served as a critical waypoint for moving U.S. and coalition weapons, equipment and personnel into and out of Afghanistan over the past decade.
    Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar informed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of Islamabad’s decision on Tuesday, shortly after the meeting.

    “This is a tangible demonstration of Pakistan’s support for a secure, peaceful, and prosperous Afghanistan and our shared objectives in the region,” Clinton said in a statement.”

    Losing access to the Pakistani routes had cost the United States roughly $100 million per month for each month the lines were shut down, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress in June.

    The agreement comes days after Gen. John Allen, head of all U.S. forces in Afghanistan, held one-on-one talks with Pakistan’s powerful army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani.

    Reopening of the supply lines and bolstering security along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan were at the top of the agenda for those negotiations.

    As part of the deal, Pakistan agreed not to increase the per-truck fee charged to the United States for using the supply lines “in the larger interest of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region,” Clinton said in the statement.

    For their part, U.S. officials agreed to maintain their promise not to transport “lethal equipment” into Afghanistan via the Pakistani supply lines, unless that equipment is destined for units of the Afghan National Security Forces, according to the State Department.

    For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/operations/236129-pakistan-reopens-military-supply-routes-to-us-nato-forces

  8. President Obama will present the “Outstanding American by Choice Recognition” to the naturalized citizens with exceptional achievements.
    East Room, White House

    2012 Outstanding American by Choice Recipients

    Anni Chung
    President and Chief Executive Officer at Self Help for the Elderly
    San Francisco, California

    Christopher Che
    President and CEO, Che International Group, LLC
    Dayton, Ohio

    Ping Fu
    President and CEO, Geomagic
    Morrisville, North Carolina

    Michael Moritz
    Partner, Sequoia Capital
    Menlo Park, California

    Shervin Pishevar
    Managing Director, Menlo Ventures
    Menlo Park, California

    Vivek Wadhwa
    Academic, Researcher, Writer, and Entrepreneur
    Menlo Park, California

    Maria Otero
    Under Secretary Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
    Washington, DC area

    Khaled Hosseini
    Author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns; UNHCR Goodwill Envoy
    Northern California

    Khaled Hosseini
    Author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns; UNHCR Goodwill Envoy
    Northern California

    For the entire article: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextchannel=34165c2af1f9e010VgnVCM1000000ecd190aRCRD&vgnextoid=651214f929685310VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

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      Washinton, D.C.

      We HOPE to repeat that with another US presidential inauguration for President Obama on January 20, 2013……..okay Chief Justice John Roberts can administer the presidential oath again in 2013.

  9. Washington state anti-gay marriage initiative fails

    7/3/12 By Alex Dobuzinskis | Reuters – 3 hrs ago

    (Reuters) – A Washington state voter initiative that sought to restrict marriage to a partnership between a man and a woman has failed to gain enough signatures to get on the ballot, eliminating any risk of confusion with another competing measure.

    Opponents of gay marriage in Washington state had pursued two separate signature-gathering drives after Governor Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, signed into law in February a measure to allow same-sex marriage.

    A referendum to repeal that law has already qualified for the November election. In a potentially confusing set-up, the referendum would have voters check “no” to repeal the law while the initiative would have asked voters to vote “yes” to limit marriage to opposite-sex partners.

    Initiative 1192, headed by attorney Stephen Pidgeon and his group Protect Marriage Washington, would have created a statute restricting marriage to between one man and one woman.

    “We are woefully short, not just a little bit short,” Pidgeon told Reuters on Tuesday. He added his group received about 105,000 signatures but needed 241,000 by the state’s deadline of Friday.

    By contrast, the backers of the repeal referendum, Preserve Marriage Washington, had submitted 247,331 signatures on June 6 to qualify it for the ballot.

    “The truth is there was a competing measure … and the referendum, let’s just say they were very hot in their competition and even though we supported their effort they did not support ours,” Pidgeon said.

    Six states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. Nationally, several polls have found more Americans support same-sex marriage than oppose it, in a shift in attitude that began to be seen two years ago after decades of opposition to the idea in public opinion.

    For more; http://news.yahoo.com/washington-state-anti-gay-marriage-initiative-fails-235306653.html

    • Oh yeah, and we’re going to smack down that repeal referendum too in November.

  10. President Obama: Historian-in-chief

    7/4/12 4:32 AM EDT By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE – POLITICO44

    Every president is fascinated with presidential history.

    But President Barack Obama’s interest is deeper and wider than most, and more public. He’s invoked Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and even Richard Nixon. He’s mocked Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes.

    For Obama, presidential history is less textbook and more guidebook — and his shifting focus on particular presidents has both reflected and informed his shifting sense of his own presidency.

    Obama came into office aiming to be a transcendent, uniting figure in the mold of Lincoln. He hoped to guide the nation with a common purpose through an economic crisis, like FDR did.

    Four years later, Obama has retrenched and recalibrated, adopting more populist rhetoric to fight the forces aligned against him and to portray himself as a champion of the middle class.

    And he’s looked to two very different presidents to help him: Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

    Teddy Roosevelt taught him “the power of using executive orders when you can’t get your agenda through” and “reaching the audience in swing states in a way this president needs,” said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78110.html#ixzz1zesJgumL

    • July 04, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Naturalization Ceremony

      East Room

      10:58 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Good morning, everybody.

      AUDIENCE: Good morning, Mr. President.

      THE PRESIDENT: Secretary Napolitano, Director Mayorkas, distinguished guests, family and friends — welcome to the White House. Happy Fourth of July. What a perfect way to celebrate America’s birthday — the world’s oldest democracy, with some of our newest citizens.

      I have to tell you, just personally, this is one of my favorite things to do. It brings me great joy and inspiration because it reminds us that we are a country that is bound together not simply by ethnicity or bloodlines, but by fidelity to a set of ideas. And as members of our military, you raised your hand and took an oath of service. It is an honor for me to serve as your Commander-in-Chief. Today, you raised your hand and have taken an oath of citizenship. And I could not be prouder to be among the first to greet you as “my fellow Americans.”

      Looking back, it was an act of extraordinary audacity — a few dozen delegates, in that hall in Philadelphia, daring to defy the mightiest empire in the world, declaring “that these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States.”

      Two hundred and thirty-six years later, we marvel at America’s story. From a string of 13 colonies to 50 states from sea to shining sea. From a fragile experiment in democracy to a beacon of freedom that still lights the world. From a society of farmers and merchants to the largest, most dynamic economy in the world. From a ragtag army of militias and regulars to you — the finest military that the world has ever known. From a population of some 3 million — free and slave — to more than 300 million Americans of every color and every creed.

      With this ceremony today — and ceremonies like it across our country — we affirm another truth: Our American journey, our success, would simply not be possible without the generations of immigrants who have come to our shores from every corner of the globe. We say it so often, we sometimes forget what it means — we are a nation of immigrants. Unless you are one of the first Americans, a Native American, we are all descended from folks who came from someplace else — whether they arrived on the Mayflower or on a slave ship, whether they came through Ellis Island or crossed the Rio Grande.

      Immigrants signed their names to our Declaration and helped win our independence. Immigrants helped lay the railroads and build our cities, calloused hand by calloused hand. Immigrants took up arms to preserve our union, to defeat fascism, and to win a Cold War. Immigrants and their descendants helped pioneer new industries and fuel our Information Age, from Google to the iPhone. So the story of immigrants in America isn’t a story of “them,” it’s a story of “us.” It’s who we are. And now, all of you get to write the next chapter.

      Each of you have traveled your own path to this moment — from Cameroon and the Philippines, Russia and Palau and places in between. Some of you came here as children, brought by parents who dreamed of giving you the opportunities that they had never had. Others of you came as adults, finding your way through a new country and a new culture and a new language.

      All of you did something profound: You chose to serve. You put on the uniform of a country that was not yet fully your own. In a time of war, some of you deployed into harm’s way. You displayed the values that we celebrate every Fourth of July — duty, responsibility, and patriotism.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/04/remarks-president-naturalization-ceremony

    • July 04, 2012

      Background on Military Naturalization Ceremony at the White House

      WASHINGTON, DC – On July 4, 2012, President Obama will deliver remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members in the East Room of the White House. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas will present the countries of the candidates for naturalization and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will deliver the oath of allegiance. The audience will be composed of the service members and their families.

      Other Senior Administration Officials will also be speaking at naturalization ceremonies around the country, including Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in New York, Small Business Administrator Karen Mills and Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley in Massachusetts, Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz in Virginia, and Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu in Maryland.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/04/background-military-naturalization-ceremony-white-house

  11. Book TV: Michelle Obama, “American Grown”

    Published on Jun 18, 2012 by BookTV

    First Lady Michelle Obama signs her book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America at Barnes & Noble in Washington, D.C.

  12. June auto sales point to best year since 2007

    Tue Jul 3, 2012 By Bernie Woodall and Ben Klayman – Reuters

    (Reuters) – New auto sales in June raced past expectations on lower gas prices and still-generous incentives, and are on track to score their best year since 2007.

    The surprisingly strong June in which sales rose 22 percent from a year ago helped ease fears that weaker-than-expected results in May would suggest a slowdown in demand.

    June’s annualized sales rate of 14.1 million vehicles, according to Autodata Corp, beat analysts’ average estimate of 13.9 million.

    Before the economy sank into recession, annual auto sales tallied 16.1 million in 2007. They plunged to 13.2 million in 2008 and a 27-year low of 10.4 million in 2009, before beginning a slow recovery. Last year, U.S. auto sales totaled 12.8 million.

    For more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/03/us-usa-autosales-idUSBRE86218L20120703

  13. “America could not be prouder of you”

    Published on Jul 4, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
    Learn More: http://OFA.BO/fgMPAB

    Edward Meagher joined the United States Air Force in 1966. He volunteered to go to Vietnam and spent well over 2.5 years overseas.

    Today, Edward has the privilege of working with veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    President Obama’s message has been very clear. You stood up for us; we will stand tall for you. He’s ended the war with honor, and he’s brought them home, and he’s doing the same thing in Afghanistan. He understands at a real gut level what these folks have been through.

    President Obama has taken a wide view of taking care of veterans who have come back from their service. He’s really addressing all their issues: the medical issues, the transition issues, educational benefits, jobs. They have to have access to jobs. They have to have job training. He’s put real programs in place — programs that work.

  14. Next Up…

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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle deliver remarks at the Fourth Annual “Salute to the Military” Fourth of July Celebration. Attending will be military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbeque, USO concert and fireworks
    South Lawn, White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • July 04, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Fourth of July Celebration

      South Lawn

      6:02 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: How’s it going, everybody? (Applause.) Are you hot? It’s supposed to be hot. It’s the fourth of July. Happy Fourth of July, everybody! (Applause.) On behalf of the entire Obama family, welcome to the White House.

      Now, the last thing anybody wants to do is to ruin a nice backyard barbecue with a long speech, so I’m going to be quick.

      It is always such an honor for us to spend this holiday with members of our military and your extraordinary families. All of you represent what is best in America. You serve under our proud flag. You and your families sacrifice more than most of us can ever know — all in defense of those God-given rights that were first put to paper 236 years ago: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

      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.

      Today, all across America, at schools, and beaches, and in town squares, Americans are celebrating the freedoms that all of you and your families defend. Like many of them, we’re grilling in the backyard. We’ve got some pretty good tunes for you. We’ve got the outstanding Marine Band. Give them a big round of applause. (Applause.) And we’ve got Brad Paisley and his band in the house for a little country. (Applause.)

      We’ve also got all of you. We’ve got Army in the house. (Applause.) We’ve got Navy. (Applause.) We’ve got Air Force. (Applause.) You know we’ve got some Marines here. (Applause.) And we’ve got Coast Guard. (Applause.) Today, we salute all of you.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/04/remarks-president-fourth-july-celebration

  15. 7:00 PM ET
    Vice President Joe Biden attends the “Scrantastic Spectacular” fireworks display
    Courthouse Square Scranton, PA

    • Fireworks on the National Mall from the White House

      Published on Jul 4, 2012 by whitehouse
      The National Mall fireworks as seen from the South Lawn of the White House. July 4, 2012.

  16. Welcome immigrants and new citizens, civilian and military. You put the pluribus in our unum!

  17. Obama administration asks Supreme Court to take up federal Defense of Marriage law in new term

    July 3, 2012 By Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to settle the legal fight over a law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples.

    The Justice Department on Tuesday asked the court to hear an appeal in its next term of lower court rulings striking down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act. The earliest the justices might decide to hear the case is in late September. Arguments probably would take place over the winter and a decision returned by late June 2013.

    The administration said it agrees with the lower court rulings, but wants prompt high court review because President Barack Obama has instructed federal agencies to continue to enforce the law’s ban on federal benefits to married gay couples until there is a final court ruling.

  18. The Complex ‘Tapestry’ Of Michelle Obama’s Ancestry

    7/1/12 by NPR STAFF

    When Michelle Obama’s great-great-great grandmother was 8 years old, her life underwent a dramatic change.

    Melvinia Shields was a slave who grew up at a South Carolina estate with a relatively large community of slaves she knew well. But then she was moved to a small farm in northern Georgia where she was one of only three slaves; most white people in the area didn’t own any.

    “What’s fascinating about Michelle Obama’s family and her ancestors is that it shows us the breadth and depth of the experience of African-Americans during that time,” says Rachel Swarns, a reporter for The New York Times.

    Swarns, who traced Obama’s family tree back generations, has written a book about it, American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial ancestors of Michelle Obama.

    She finds that the first lady has a complex lineage. Swarns says Melvinia later had a baby fathered by a white man, and today Obama has white relatives living all across the South.

    Swarns discussed that revelation, as well as how she traced Obama’s family tree and met some of the first lady’s white relatives, with Laura Sullivan, host weekends on All Things Considered.

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/07/01/156000966/the-complex-tapestry-of-michelle-obamas-ancestry

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