West Wing Week: 07/06/12 or “The Freedom Everybody is Looking for”

♪♪ (Drum and Bugle Corps) ♪♪ Narrator:
Welcome to the West Wing Week! Your guide to everything
that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President
traveled to Colorado Springs to survey fire damage and
thank first responders; he also celebrated Independence
Day with a naturalization ceremony at the White House;
and a picnic for military families on the South Lawn. That’s June 29th to July 5th
or “The Freedom Everybody is Looking For!” The President:
He’s becoming a
citizen, he says, to be a part of the freedom
that everybody is looking for. And so we congratulate
Javier Beltran. (applause) Narrator:
On Friday, the President
traveled to Colorado Springs to view damage from the
wild fires and thank the firefighters who are bravely
battling to protect homes and businesses in the area. The President:
This has been a devastating
early fire season for Colorado. This community obviously
is heartbroken by the loss of homes. We’re lucky because of the quick
action that has been taken that we haven’t seen a
lot of loss of life. We’re going to have a long way
to go before all these fires are put out. I hope that people all across
the country recognize that when challenges like this happen,
all of us come together as one American family. Narrator:
On Wednesday, the 4th of July,
the President started the day with a naturalization ceremony
in the East Room of the White House for active duty service
members who on this day would officially become
American citizens. The President:
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 descendant 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 across 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. Narrator:
Later, the President
welcomed military families to the South Lawn
for the Annual White House Independence Day
Picnic and USO Concert. The President:
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’s 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! Narrator:
There was face painting, former
Presidents, balloon hats, basketball and country music
superstar Brad Paisley. Brad Paisley:
I think that the message on
the 4th of July is remembering that we chose this as a nation. To never just take for granted
to think that this is the way life is because it’s really not
that way in most of the world. And you’ve got a shining
example of really the greatest government and the greatest idea
that’s ever been presented as far as how to run a country by
some pretty brilliant guys a long time ago. And on the 4th of July
it’s a celebration as much as anything for that. So for me to be standing here
in the place where that happens, where that is executed daily,
the Constitution and this Executive Branch,
it’s pretty amazing. Narrator:
To find out more information
on any of these topics or to see complete videos of these
events, go to WhiteHouse.gov. And thanks again for checking
out your West Wing Week! The President:
Are you hot? Military Families:
Yesssss! The President:
It’s supposed to be hot! It’s the 4th of July… Now, here’s the thing, you
guys just enjoy the heat. (laughter) Just give in to the sweat. Everybody is sweating out here. Don’t try to stay
cool; just go for it! (crowd chatter) ♪♪ (Hail to the Chief) ♪♪

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