Barack Obama Forty-Fourth President
(2009 to 2017)
2013 Independence Day Address
The White House July 4, 2013
Hi everybody. I hope you all had a safe and happy Fourth of July, filled
with parades, cookouts, fireworks and family reunions.
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
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.