White House ceremony welcomes new citizens and mixes in politics
President Obama welcomed more than two dozen active duty service members to the East Room of the White House Wednesday as they participated in a ceremony becoming U.S. citizens. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano delivered the oath of allegiance. (Photo credit: Lesa Jansen, CNN)
July 4th, 2012
02:01 PM ET

White House ceremony welcomes new citizens and mixes in politics

White House (CNN) - In a Fourth of July ceremony at the White House, brimming with political undertones, President Obama hosted a naturalization ceremony for more than two dozen active duty service members.

"[T]his 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," Mr. Obama told the audience of new Americans and their families.

The White House has hosted similar naturalization ceremonies in previous years but never on Independence Day. And while the newly minted citizens came from countries around the world including Russia, the Philippines and Cameroon, about half were Latinos, a key voting block in the upcoming election.

Just last month the Obama administration announced it would stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain criteria. The legislation referred to as the DREAM Act is now stalled in Congress.

At Wednesday's White House ceremony, the president touched on the volatile issue of immigration reform saying, "For just as we remain a nation of laws, we have to remain a nation of immigrants. And that's why, as another step forward, we're lifting the shadow of deportation from serving - from deserving young people who were brought to this country as children. It's why we still need a DREAM Act - to keep talented young people who want to contribute to our society and serve our country. It's why we need - why America's success demands - comprehensive immigration reform."

Latino voters are considered a key voting block and essential to winning the 2012 presidential race. In 2008 Obama won 67% of the Hispanic vote. But a survey released this week shows that more than half of the Hispanic voters questioned say they are independent and do not identify themselves with either party. The USA Today/Gallup poll showed 51% of Hispanics called themselves independents compared to 32% who identified themselves ad Democrats and 11% who said they were Republicans.


soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. RealityIsaFish

    On this the 4th of July everyone should remember what Obama said in regards to America; to paraphrase, " Citizenship in the US is crap, it is ONLY a piece of paper"

    The President laughs in the face of those who were so stupid as to ACTUALLY wait in line ... he thinks you're a bunch of morons. He feels the smart ones made their way here and stayed.

    July 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • adasd

      He did not say that you did....

      July 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • manhandler1

      Quite simply......you're a moronic liar. He has NEVER said anything even approaching that. That's the kind of filth comin from you right wing loonies minds

      July 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • 2020

      Are you drunk. Whole bunch of crap.

      July 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Pa

      The President have spent the 4th of July with Military Families, Anyone can check Whitehouse.gov and see how he spent the day with Military men and women and their families. However, I heard yesterday that Karl Rove and some Republicans were saying the president will spend the day campaigning in Paris. It is a clear indication that they can not win the argument over the economy, foreign policy and social issues that they started to make up false stories. I don't think this election will be won by misrepresenting, misleading and misinforming because TRUTH always wins.

      July 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • SafeJourney3

      You know what is a bunch of crap, your comment

      July 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • cece

      You are another glen beck. Making up this foolish lies is crazy and will only drive u to insanity

      July 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • lies and hate from the right

      U R A LIAR AND A IDIOT

      July 5, 2012 at 6:50 am |
  2. Bo Lies

    When is Barry going to take his citizenship test?

    July 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • PoppyLee

      When are you birthers going to crawl back under your rocks?

      July 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • 2020

      hahaha. it is not funny. You big fat lier!!!!! You need a different head screw on your shoulder.

      July 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
      • cece

        Ahahaha! This dude needs all the head screws in the world, he is out of his psychotic meds lol.

        July 4, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • cece

      You are a crazy birther out of psychotic meds. Hope you take them sooner

      July 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  3. MesaMax

    We are all so tired of the Campaigner-In-Chief pulling these little stunts to try and get re-elected. The country has had enough. Enough. Time to send Obama packing back to the most corrupt city in the U.S. Time to get this country moving forward!

    July 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Femi

      You are simply redicolous. What gives you more right over the gentlemen and women confirmed as citizens today? These folks served the country because they believe in the country even without being a citizen. America is a nation of immigrant and I am very sure your ancestors immigrated as well. Now here this, get ready for another four years of President Obama. What is destined to be wil be. No man, not even the teapublican can stop him

      July 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        PEOPLE WHAT IS SO WRONG WITH YOU ???????? AMERICA HAVE OVER 50 MILLION PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED-UNDER EMPLOY . WE DO NOT NEED ANY MORE PEOPLE. I DON'T CARE IF THEY SERVE IN OUR MILITARY. NO ILLEGALS IN THE MILITARY. THAT IS AMNESTY.

        July 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
      • manhandler1

        These folks stand head and shoulders over tou and your trash statement. Many of them fought in the Military to make sure you still have the right to spout such trash.

        July 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
      • Becci springer

        You better pray there is a way to stop him. And FYI my family came to this country in the 1800's. They did not SNEAK across a border or two. They did not lie about who they were. They worked very very hard to make a home and life in this country and they were proud to be Americans. Do not disrespect them. No one begrudges the men and women that came here, serverd for our country,and today became Americans. Barry needs to shut his freakin mouth and just let it be about them not his Agenda. He can't pass a hot dog stand with out making himself the center of attention, and talking crap. This today was not about him, but he sure tryed to make it so.

        July 5, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • lady490

      Speak for yourself... Im pretty proud to be an American right now. I know their families are proud..

      July 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • lady490

      speak for yourself missy. I'm standing with about 1000 others who are proud to be Americans. I know that their families are so proud of them as well. We love our president and Im happy that he is doing what he said he would do.

      July 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
      • sonnie3

        What about the transparency he promised
        What about the gun running cover up that kill our agent with guns provided to the enemy?
        obama needs to come clean on some issures or it's 4 and the door

        July 5, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • Reggie19

      There is a time and place for campaigning and today should not have been one of those days. He is sounding so desperate now.....I am actually feeling embarassed for him.

      July 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
      • lady490

        HAPPY 4th of July....
        Now go to sleep, Limbaugh.... go to sleep

        July 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
      • cic

        You are so stupid you don't know the difference between campaign and being the leader of a free world.

        July 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
      • Icthelite

        Feel embarrassed all you want too, just don’t start feeling sorry for the SOB! He deserves no sympathy and certainly no tears.

        July 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
      • sonnie3

        He is desperate as he is campaining around the clock
        leaveing a big carbon foot print while doing so also. Jet fuel is not cheap.But the tax payers foot the bill/

        July 5, 2012 at 12:22 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      I and many friends we know are not tired at all, rather WE ARE INSPIRED. if you are a cynic conservative...it figures you are so bitter and frustrated. Hey learn to loose with some dignity: HAPPY 4TH. OF JULY :)

      July 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • CA Liberal

      I haven't had enough of Obama. I've already had enough of Romney. Compared to Bush Obama is light years ahead. Obama can talk for starters. Obama hasn't started any wars, he just finishes them. Obama actually got elected. Bush just got appointed. I could go on but I've got to get to a bar-be-Que. Happy 4th all............

      July 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
      • Reggie19

        Sure he can talk....that's why he talked himself into the job. But this country needs more than talk thats why it is such a disaster now. We need a president who can do things for the country and I dont mean verbally.........we need action and we need it now. Its like the country hired a CEO without any experience and we expect to get good results from him. It will never happen so time for a change.....vote Obama out in November.

        July 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
      • jean2009

        Haven't you read the main article on CNN they are telling you what I have been telling you for awhile. The economy is bouncing back with no help from the whining Rethugliklans.

        July 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • 2020

      Well, your time is up. Pack your bag go east, or west, or south. Who cares?!

      July 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
      • Romney

        It will be you to go. Get sobber!

        July 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
  4. simon

    Hey why were there no Africans....

    July 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Michael

      Go look at a map. Cameroon is in Africa the last time I checked.
      Ironic fact: While Obama's father is from Kenya from the Luo tribe, the Obama name is actually Cameroonian, not Luo.

      July 5, 2012 at 12:04 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      TOO BUSY DATING YOUR MOM

      July 5, 2012 at 3:26 am |
  5. Billy

    Obama needs to go.. but he will be rel elected sigh............

    July 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      I AGREE, OBAMA NEED TO GO. BUT HISPANICS WILL KEEP HIM IN OFFICE FOR 4 MORE YEARS, I HOPE I'M WRONG......HISPANICS WANT AMNESTY--THE DREAM ACT....I HOPE GOP TAKE OVER THE SENATE AND KEEP CONTROL OF THE HOUSE....AMERICA ONLY HOPE.

      July 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
      • 2020

        you can pray harder, on your knee. 5 years from now, Romney can run again, along with Jeh bush, Christie, Robio. A lot of company. He can wait. No sure about you, but Romney swiss account will support him well.

        July 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  6. cbr

    This is so ridiculous. The issue is on the minds of everyone including the new citizens. We need to stop nitpicking and look at what is happening. A group of the wealthiest Americans are sponsoring a telethon to raise money to defeat the President. This is openly political and goes beyond what we should be doing. Perhaps they could give a few millions to help the American people. It seems that the only one being helped is Mitt Romney. Will he be beholden to these people?

    July 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      iT WILL not be long for your idol to be exposed again. He cheated you, vanity fair published yesterday that romney made 250 million dollars, he deposited them abroad, mainly in Bermuda, the Bahamas and Switzerland. In the Bermudas there are no taxes and no bank accountability. So robber romney lied to the US. IRS when he showed he only owned 10 million dollars. I think he hires his donators and bribes the crowds that apparently cheer him. He is not really that popular, rather he pays for only appearances and false ads.

      July 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  7. marisombra

    Obama is the death of the U.S.A.

    July 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Reggie19

      I agree with u 100%!!!!! He is way over his head and needs to go!!!!

      July 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • lady490

      removed the number one enemy of this nation.
      Is providing your mother will money for her prescriptions.
      saved the auto industry.
      put a minimum of $40/per week in YOUR pockets having reduced the amount of taxes you have to pay.
      I think President Obama is a very courageous man.
      Try to grow up!

      July 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      not at all, sir or lady. Your type is used to manipulating hiring and the economy, in your favor. Now, for the first time, you are loosing that totalitarian control. Of course you are upset and furious. In spite of your reaction, you parties own 48 trillion dollars. You will not become poor even if you pay due taxes. Come on, be a real patriot: pay what you owe and help President Obama create more jobs!

      July 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • cic

      You won't happen to know a guy from texas named George Bush. Maybe you just got into politics when you realized there is a black man in the white house as president.

      July 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
      • b2k

        You are so stupid to think that romney is the answer to this country. President obama is trying to help the poor while romney is only considering the rich.that's why the rich are funding romney. Just look at the fact that romney is their for the rich.

        July 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
      • cece

        Some people just woke up to find some one who does not look like their grandpa in the whitehouse and they are not having it.

        July 5, 2012 at 12:04 am |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      I ALSO AGREE.

      July 4, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • 2020

      you are the cancer of society. pack up n go

      July 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • Romney

      Why don't you migrate to China or Cuba?

      July 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  8. oilmann

    That smirk will dissapear from both of these clowns in November..... Start Packing Barry.

    July 4, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Reggie19

      I am sure Chicago will welcome him back with open arms. So please Mr. President do us that favor and head back home!!!!!

      July 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        All in due time:: let President Obama complete what he started. Robber romney can run later.

        July 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • lady490

      how's stupidity working for you?l

      July 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        I read your....outrage and deep frustration. You can always suicide :))) have a nice trip.

        July 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
      • Reggie19

        I think its working for you. Stupid enough to drink all that Obama koolaid and now we are all suffering.

        July 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • cic

      You're a rookie when it comes to politics. Ask romney why he quit as the governor of mass.

      July 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  9. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    To MesaMax:

    You're probably endorsing your mother Willard Etch-a-Sketch Romney, the COWARD who escaped fighting FOR Ameirca by enlisting in the Mormon Church Coward Protection Program and escaping to France to hide from the Vietnam War while tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers were being killed in the jungles of Vietnam.

    Yeah, you just love your mother Mitty Romney, who fights AGAINST America by outsourcing jobs overseas (or is it off-shoring jobs?). Romney is a coward, you are an idiot and you dishonor the U.S. troops in this White oath ceremony. You are a loser and your mother, Willard is a phoney. Oh, but thank you for liking Willard's health care plan that was copied by Obama and held Constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, go screw yourself.

    July 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      President Obama's first plan was the single payer system that works so well in Denmark and Iceland. He considered different systems, so it was not only the one romney claimed he did in Mass. Actually I read a post by a massachussets youth. He/she asked romney why his health plan had failed to work as romney promised.

      Bingo! I thought romney's claims were false, MORE FLIP FLOPPING.

      July 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
      • Reggie19

        These countries are much smaller than America so they can afford to cover their citizens.. Try covering over 300,000,000 people and you will see how this country witll become so broke that we will be able to even find jobs because there will not be any jobs.

        July 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  10. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    You're probably endorsing your mother Willard Etch-a-Sketch Romney, the COWARD who escaped fighting FOR Ameirca by enlisting in the Mormon Church Coward Protection Program and escaping to France to hide from the Vietnam War while tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers were being killed in the jungles of Vietnam.

    Yeah, you just love your mother Mitty Romney, who fights AGAINST America by outsourcing jobs overseas (or is it off-shoring jobs?). Romney is a coward, you are an idiot and you dishonor the U.S. troops in this White House oath ceremony. You are a loser and your mother, Willard is a phoney. Oh, but thank you for liking Willard's health care plan that was copied by Obama and held Constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, go screw yourself.

    July 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  11. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    To all GOPricks on this post: Obama is kicking Willard's ass and 99% of voters will re-elect Obama-Biden this November in spite of the all the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ the COCK brothers throw into Mitty's "Running for President" little game.

    July 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Definetely :), now you're talking :) cheers for President Obama, Viva Obama, ra ra ra, I can hardly wait to go vote for him:)

      July 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  12. Jim

    It's unlikely, I know, but wouldn't it be a hoot if Romney won California?!?!?!?!

    July 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      I doubt it. So much is surfacing about robber romney that many voters are switching to President Obama :)

      July 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Patrick from Minnesota

      Don't even pretend to think that can happen. You'll be disappointed every time.

      July 5, 2012 at 12:06 am |
  13. eric

    Millitary loathes Obama, I had to wear my dress whites and shake that loosers hand in Hawaii when he came, dont think for a minute because we smile at him we dont want to see him removed from office, he has done NOTHING to help our millitary, NOTHING to help our nation and he attacks the same constitution we swore to uphold, hes lucky those service members were not armed.

    July 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • GiGi

      You are no service member. You don't get to speak for me. If you loathe the President that is your issue. Don't include all service member, myself included, in your need to quantify and or validate an emotion that requires you to know someone personally in order to justify that emotion. President Obama is "your" Commander In Chief; anonymity does not give you the right to suggest violence against him. I wonder, who is violating the Constitution?

      July 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Actually, it seems the conservatives misinformed you, probably rush limbaugh and faux news controlled the false news you got :( Plus if your background is poor and repuke, no wonder you claim that. President Obama asked congress for help for you over and oveer again; but the conservatives cut the military budget :( And voted against ending the wars. Read the records. You can do it easily. Otherwise you will stay drowning in negative hateland.

      July 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • jean2009

      Don't include all military families in your stupid tirade....jerk! I very much doubt if you even have a selective service number let alone have served.

      July 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        YOU SOUND LIKE SOMEONE I KNOW ??? YOUR BAD TEMPER -NAME..

        July 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        THE ECONOMY COMING BACK ???????????????????? NO WAY. FOR THE ECONOMY TO COME BACK STRONG ???

        WE GOT TO STOP THE OUTSOURCING OF OUR JOBS TO CHINA... WE MUST STOP ALLOWING MORE IMMIGRANTS IN--WE MUST DEPORT ALL THE ILLEGALS...THAT IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE OUR ECONOMY STRONG AGAIN .. THAT WON'T HAPPEN UNDER OBAMA–DEMOCRATS. UNDER ROMNEY ??

        July 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • cic

      I'm sure you are not in the service.

      July 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      ERIC-- OBAMA GAVE 2 MILLION ILLEGAL ANCHOR BABIES WORK PERMITS. TO TAKE JOBS FROM VETS..

      VET UNEMPLOYMENT , 10 % AND HERE IS OBAMA GIVING ILLEGALS WORK PERMITS TO TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM OUR VETS. A SLAP ON THEIR FACES.

      July 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
      • cece

        Funny funny funny. Proffesionals are taking ur jobs cos u lazy to achieve them. Best neuroscience doctors are foreigners, is that ur job? Oh I did not think so! Are u scientist, what are ur qualifications, somebody is taking ur jobs! Ur job is sitting infront ur tv watching fox lies and getting furious. Get a degree nobody will give a foreigner a job that u are qualified. You will never pick fruits, or farm work, or other odd jobs fox has been lying about.

        July 5, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • 2020

      Where have you been?! North or South pole.

      Get yourself a new brain. It will get around.

      July 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • Patrick from Minnesota

      You see I know you're not in service because you would get dishonorably discharged immediately if that were the case. I'm in ROTC by the way. Nice try phony.

      July 5, 2012 at 12:08 am |
    • cece

      @ Eric.Do u have to get armed, people are too educated to resolve conflicts with violence. U too sir should thank obamacare that u will never run out of ur happy pills and start making stupid comments like the ones u just made. Go see ur psychiatrist first thing tommorrow for homicidal ideations.

      July 5, 2012 at 12:25 am |
  14. NotTax

    Only males, strange haircuts, look like prison

    July 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      PART OF THE DEAL WAS TO LET MITT ROMNEY HAVE SOME GOOD OLD FASHIONED FUN WITH THEIR HAIR

      July 5, 2012 at 3:28 am |
  15. Pedro

    Please Mr. President, stop talking and do something now to fix this broken immigration.

    July 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • lady490

      He already has... where have YOU been?

      July 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      President Obama made 20 or more military citizens today, plus he signed a law to give citizenship to all who joined our army after one year they serve. That is real action, not just words. :)

      July 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        OBAMA IS MAKING AMERICANS VERY HAPPY BY ALLOWING MORE IMMIGRANTS.. ESPECIALLY THE UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS. THEY ARE HAPPY WITH OBAMA WELCOMING MORE IMMIGRANTS. LIKE WE NEED MORE PEOPLE IN AMERICA.......OBAMA JUST WANT THEIR VOTES, THE HELL WITH AMERICANS.

        July 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
      • Jitu

        As it is a child's right to color a picture any which way he or she wants, would the libelars freak out if a child used the above mentioned coloring pages and colored a caucasian Obama? My guess is probably

        October 9, 2012 at 1:41 am |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      FIX THE BROKEN IMMIGRATION ??? THE IMMIGRATION IS BROKEN BECAUSE OBAMA IS NOT DEPORTING THE ILLEGALS...OBAMA STOPPED ENFORCING THE IMMIGRATION LAWS, THAT IS WHY IS BROKEN.

      IF IMMIGRATION REFORM MEANS AMNESTY ??? THE DREAM ACT ??? NO.. THAT IS NOT IMMIGRATION REFORM.

      July 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
      • 2020

        Reagan granted amnesty in 70's. That was the last time. When did you immigrate? you don't sound like a Mohawk.

        Why are you talk like you are native. You are immigrant yourself.

        July 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
  16. lady490

    President Obama, I am so proud of you. I am so proud of these military servicemen who put their lives on the line for us. God Bless you and God Bless the United States of America!!

    July 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Reggie19

      Hope you still have your job or maybe you are one of those who is sitting at home waiting for that government check. If you still have your job, you may not have it for much longer if he is re-elected so you better save your money. Oh... I forgot...you will be collecitng your 99 weeks of unemployment and sitting in front of the TV all day.

      July 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        Reggie: robber romney amassed 250 million dollars and deposited mainly in the non-tax and liabiltiy free Bermuda island, also in the Bahamas and Switzerlalnd ! so the figure he disclosed, 10 million dollars was a lie.

        Moreover, the 1% conservative parties made 48 trillion dollars, while the Us Census Bureau reports that the yearly income of our government is 5.09 trillion dollars. Considering that the deficit is 1.3 trillion, Obamacare is 2 billions, added our government only has left1.07 trillions to pay for expensive storms, housing costs, safe food and water, etc.

        I only get 22 dollars in Medicaid, my hubbie just lost his job. The Obamas only make 555,000 a year. To me that is a big income, but compared to the millions romney makes, that is very small.

        July 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
      • cic

        Reggie19, I think you need to stop watching fox news and get yourself well informed about politics and how government works.

        July 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      I got goose bumps when I read your wonderful post. I wish the President Obama reads it :) take care and best luck :)

      July 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  17. MannyHM

    A true American they are now ! I salute you and respect you. This is a country worth defending indeed. It's yours now with its faults and its blessings.

    July 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  18. lady490

    THANK-YOU, Mr. PRESIDENT!!!!!

    OBAMA 2012

    July 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      OBAMA 2012 ?? OBAMA IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE MEXICANS-ILLEGALS AND IMMIGRANTS......

      OBAMA IS NOT MY PRESIDENT, HE IS SPITTING ON THE FACES OF AMERICANS CITIZENS.. REFUSING TO ENFORCE THE IMMIGRATION LAWS JUST TO GET THE HISPANIC VOTES...HE WON'T GET MY HISPANIC VOTE....

      FOR ME ? AMERICA -THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COME FIRST BEFORE THE ILLEGALS-IMMIGRANTS.

      July 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
      • cic

        Ask your parents to tell you how they got here.if they were born here, they should tell you how their parents got here.... Then you will know the launch of USA.

        July 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
      • 2020

        You need to immigrate. No place for you in this country.

        By the way, when you move, take romney, and his dog with you. bye.

        July 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  19. Jayson

    Immigration is such an important part of our countries continued success that he is currently working with both parties on comprehensive immigration. Oh that's right he isn't......

    July 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      you contradict yourself, why?

      July 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      AMNESTY ?? NO--THE DREAM ACT ?? NO.

      I HATE THE WORD COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM.. WHAT WE NEED IS ENFORCEMENT . ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL.

      July 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
      • 2020

        Are you a Mohawk? If not, shut up

        July 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  20. 100 % Independent Voter

    Obama needs another four years in the White House , im super happy with his performance has the first minority president . We minorities did anticipated the hate against him , changing the political norm is never easy , the same happen in baseball and basketball when no minorities were allow to play along whites . Obama made history and im very proud I was able to see this happening in my lifetime . Now we need a female president .

    July 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Reggie19

      He needs another 4 years????? Do you want our country to slip into oblivion because thats where we will be heading if he is re-elected. Time for a change.... Romney in 2012!!!!

      July 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
      • cic

        Dumb you, have you checked the policies romney has to move the country forward? The same as george bush, the one that got us in these mess.

        July 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      robber romney is running out of options. He is drowning in a cesspool of his own making:)

      July 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      WE MINORITIES ????? NOT ALL HISPANICS–BLACKS ARE FOR OBAMA....

      I VOTE AMERICA BEST INTEREST FIRST. DEPORTING THE ILLEGALS AND ENDING LEGAL IMMIGRATION IS IN AMERICA PEOPLE BEST INTEREST.....DON'T COUNT ON DEMOCRATS TO DO IT.

      July 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        YOU SHOULD START BY DEPORTING YOUR SORRY A-S-S

        July 5, 2012 at 3:31 am |
    • Mike500

      You are super happy with the worst recovery since the Great Depression? You are super happy with the biggest deficits in our history? You are super happy that we now have a health care system modeled on a failed experiment in Mass.?

      July 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
      • Mikeyboy

        Not "happy" but realistic as to how we got here and how deep the recession really is. No one has a crystal ball or a magic bullet. BTW, Obama's place in history is already in cement. So, make all the crazy comments you like.

        July 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
  21. Leroy lopez

    Thank you for lawsuits against the united states on behalf of mehico

    July 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  22. tafugate

    voting for romney is going to be the toughest vote i've ever had to make. even gwb seems more intelligent. but i've had it with obama spitting in the faces of citizens and thumbing his nose at our laws. enough's enough.

    July 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • jean2009

      What laws...be specific....?
      The supreme court just upheld the healthcarre law.
      You sound terribly immature and obtuse.
      GWB is the reason we are slowly digging our way out of his mess....and no he never sounded intelligen

      July 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        GO EASY ON JEANNE. SHE IS BUSY WORKING 8 TO 10 HOURS. YOU ON THE OTHER HAND IS PROBABLY RETIRED ?? OR COLLETING WELFARE SO YOU HAVE MORE TIME TO LISTEN TO THE NEWS.

        July 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
      • tafugate

        hmmm, you haven't read about the immigration laws obama is intentionally ignoring and circumvents? it's been in all the papers. i guess you got me if pointing out your president ignores laws is immature. guilty as charged. obtuse? i dunno how to be more direct without reading the news to you. perhaps you're a lonely old person requiring clarification. and no, i wasn't the top of my class, so perhaps there's room for improvement.

        i completely agree george never had an intellectual day in his life. but romney is downright scary stupid. like i said, it's going to be very tough pushing that button.

        July 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Jean I have a question... is it a tax or a fine? If it is a fine then Justice Roberts has a problem... If it is a tax the the president has a problem.... Tell me jean which one of them is a liar?

        July 6, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      TAFUGATE---I LIKE THE WAY YOU SAID THAT..OBAMA SPITTING ON THE FACES OF AMERICANS. IS TRUE.

      OBAMA LOVES ILLEGALS MORE THAN UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS , WHY I WON'T BE VOTING FOR HIM AGAIN...ROMNEY –ROMNEY–ROMNEY.

      July 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
      • manhandler1

        USMC? I heavily doubt it. Anybody can put that crap out there. Doesn't the military have IQ tests before you get in? You think Obama wants votes from closet racists such as you? No Way

        July 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      You need to stay home, save gas and keep a real neutral and in peace conscience. In the remote event the ruin romney steals the elections, he would sink this country into another bush recession that becomes a grave depression. Imagine how guilty you will live for 4 years :( Are you ready for higher and higher oil prices, increasing pollution and higher taxes for the miiddle, working and poor classes? and of course more unemployment?

      July 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • cic

      So are you saying categorically that bush is smarter than romney?

      July 4, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  23. Jorge Sedano

    whats up with Obamba... Why not celebrate with the people... This is our specific day the founding of our country. He ignored our holiday... Time to replace this guy....??????

    July 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • manhandler1

      Wow are you people Really that ignorant?.......REALLY? I gues that's what makes you a right wing patsy.

      July 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  24. Stu Nahan

    We should pick and choose which laws to obey too

    July 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  25. JOSE0311USMC

    LIKE WE NEED MORE IMMIGRANTS.. AMERICANS GET ANGRY WHEN THEY SEE OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS CATERING TO ILLEGALS AND HISPANICS...
    WE HAVE MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS MR OBAMA , DON'T YOU CARE ABOUT THEM ???? I KNOW, MORE IMMIGRANTS = VOTES FOR OBAMA.

    July 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      DEPORT YOURSELF YOU INBRED HICK

      July 5, 2012 at 3:29 am |
  26. Tschrny Wolf

    EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE. President Obama's plan does provide for a stronger army to protect our borders from terrorists and criminals.

    I read that we do not have enough specialists, so we need to let foreign experts in. Plus a volunteer army prevents having to draft our University students :)

    July 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  27. Serf

    More political opportunism.

    July 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • manhandler1

      So, I guess the President should hide out in the White House Basement during Independence Day? Wow!

      July 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  28. Serf

    Yes. Awaiting the minders to moderate.

    July 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  29. Jim

    Have you read Obama's book that explains Obama's other book? And BTW, which alias is BHO using now????

    July 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  30. Enough is Enough

    Obama said "For just as we remain a nation of laws" How dare he say this, what a joke he only enforces the laws he wants to and not others to get votes.

    July 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • 2020

      The President says things the whole world listen with keen interest because his intellegence and out smart you.

      When you yak, who cares?! nonsense.

      July 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • SafeJourney3

      enough, hate and fear is all you have to offer., nothing constructive

      July 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  31. Dem for Life

    MR. Obama???? How about PRESIDENT Obama? Your wording show an obvious-to-anyone lack of respect for the POTUS!

    July 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      At least the term Mister was used... Liberals used the term "the shrub" when refering to GWB during his time in office... you reap what you sow... Remember that... all the name calling and division are exactly the seeds that have been sown over the last 3 years... now we are reaping tha tbitter harvest..

      July 6, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  32. Ron

    Has anyone seen the news report on x-soldiers going to work on the Canadian side of the Keystone Pipeline? Cant find anything on it from CNN. Seems the VFW and the Canadians feel sorry that Obama cakes cant provide jobs for our returning servicemen and they will. Hey thought CNN gave up its endorsement of the DNC and Obamacakes.

    July 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  33. combos

    Obama haters.....He has deported a RECORD 400000 illegals last year. Check it....YES Bush IS smarter than Rmoney. He will improve nothing. I almost hope he wins so it will prove just how destructive the GOPee STILL IS. . . I know it will only help PUSH the "Party of the NO Consent-Vaginal Probe-RAPE" assholes down into EXTINCTION !! Help America-NEVER AGAIN Vote for ANY Republican Branded Waste By-Products. . . .NEVER AGAIN !

    July 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  34. Rev in VC

    Umm, all these trolls on the forum posting how America doesn't need any more immigrants, you do realize that odds are your forefathers were all immigrants too right? Hell I know my folks are immigrants, I'll freely admit that. Unless you crossed over the siberian bridge with all the other first cavemen, you're a bloody immigrant.
    On another note, those of you saying he did this only for political points, you're just annoyed because the prez is black. Logically race has to be the issue here because every other president has done this every year for some time now. The only difference this time is the president happens to be black, so that must be the reason your panties are all in a bunch. Racists....

    July 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  35. Lloyd

    The U.S. national debt today is $15.8 trillion. This same day in 2008 it was $10.0 trillion.
    Government Spending today is $3.6 trillion. This same day in 2008 it was $2.8 trillion.
    The recent improvement in the economy is all done on borrowed money.
    The new voting generation in America is the ATM generation. It is all borrowed money.
    And you go back from one Party to the other.
    When you get tired of taking it up the backside from the Republicans, you switch to taking it in the mouth from the Democrats.
    Let me know when you stop bending over or kneeling down and start standing up like Americans used to do.

    July 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  36. army guy

    A bunch of future "Major Hassans."

    July 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  37. sam9962

    Ha Ha... egg on their face!!! To all the false news reports accusing our President of not being in the US to celebrate the 4th, instead he was suppose to be in FRANCE...LOL I can't stop laughing at the total ignorance on the right. Write or say it once and it becomes the gospel! They believe everything they're TOLD to believe. Where was our President today... hee hee... (sorry can't stop laughing).... He was right where he belongs... at a citizenship ceremony...wow.... imagine that!!! Congratulations to our new citizens. It took alot to get enlisted into the armed services, it took alot to be there and risk your life for us...and we say Thank You...from one citizen to another! Congrats!

    July 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  38. 2020

    Seriously, on this day, the country sends it congrad to all, very very proud of you all, and thank you.

    July 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
  39. indigo

    Stop the hate, at least on this day, the 4th of July! Obama 2012

    July 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  40. SafeJourney3

    Congrats to all the new citizens.

    July 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  41. Lloyd

    Hmm, 2 years of military service. That would take care of boot camp, service state side, military schooling. Service men or women usually do not get an overseas posting until around the end of two years service. Is that still the same?

    Who paid for it all? The American Tax Payer. They buy the clothing, housing, food, schooling, etc and still give them a pay check.

    And now they are given citizenship. I hope they know who to vote for.

    July 4, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
  42. Michael

    And I ask again: How did they get to be servicemen if they were not citizens?

    July 4, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  43. Cynthia L.

    Thank you for your service to our country, some of you didn't make it to the White House because they were killed in action before they could join you, you who earned your citizenship the hard way. I am embarrassed by some of my countrymen who wouldn't have the guts to say to you in person the horrible things some of them are saying here.
    In my opinion, the United States of America is blessed by your bravery and that you have choosen to become a citizen in good standing and with honor. God Bless you and keep you.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:05 am |
  44. Patrick from Minnesota

    I'm praying Mitt Romney doesn't see this page because he would see he is supported by a bunch of bumbling idiots.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:11 am |
  45. laserman59

    Happy Birthday USA! And Happy Healthcare for all Americans!

    July 5, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  46. Stu Nahan

    O yes thank u so much illegal alien war criminals involved in illegal unconstitutional acts of agression. My ancestors were clovis, eastern europeans, hunted mammoth and mastadon on north america when the land mass was one. A GENUINE native american! If you didnt descend from the clovis shut your pie hole! We were here long before any indians or mexicans even existed

    July 5, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • Michael

      Actually, Clovis came across land bridge during last Ice Age from Mongolia. Don't believe me? Check the DNA trail. Eastern Europeans could not have hunted Mastadons, et al, on American plains because the fauna was extinct well before Europeans "discovered" a land mass already populated. Face it people, we're ALL immigrants. Prior to about 12,000 years ago, the continent had a human population of exactly ZERO. Get a grip ...

      July 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  47. Stu Nahan

    To the HAGUE!

    July 5, 2012 at 2:11 am |
  48. jack

    This U S Navy veteran is so proud that Mr Obama is our POTUS. Hail To The Chief.

    July 5, 2012 at 2:16 am |
    • Kiki

      Obama is a puppet of the elite baenkr ruling class. He is no different than the last 20 years of corporate interest rule. People are still caught up in the LEFT/RIGHT paradigm, not realizing that it keeps them from seeing the big picture, while they hoot and holler for the newest leader as they have their pockets picked and their constitutional rights destroyed.

      October 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  49. Sue

    Obama what a joke. Anyone would be better then this failure. Higher unemployement, larger indebtedness, more troops deployed now then ever, etc. Please vote for anyone rather then this loser! Our country can not take four more years of this.

    July 5, 2012 at 2:38 am |
  50. TK

    A FINE DAY

    July 5, 2012 at 3:11 am |
  51. DEcember 2012

    TO ALL YOU RACIST D-OUCHEBAG REPUBLITARDS: END YOURSELF.

    SINCERELY,
    DUBYA

    July 5, 2012 at 3:39 am |
    • thomas

      I see your reflection in the mirror.

      July 5, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      OH GOOD. DOES THAT MEAN I HAVEN'T TURNED INTO A VAMPIRE LIKE MANY OF YOU REPLUBLITARDS?

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

      July 5, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • jerry

      put mommies lap top away...and pull-up your undies...mom just pulled in the driveway..moron.

      July 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  52. Biere Casmir

    Yahoo online welcome investors and government at Mbubu Amiri,Oru-East LGA Imo state Nigeria.for new face development in Amiri World.comment from bmaninternet

    July 5, 2012 at 4:19 am |
  53. lies and hate from the right

    There still jobs out there where gw bush left them before he wrecked the world economy @ $8.00 per hour that's all just service jobs nothing else thanks alot

    July 5, 2012 at 6:55 am |
  54. thomas

    It was nice that Obama gave each one of them a bumper sticker and a yard placard attached to the voter registration card.

    July 5, 2012 at 7:15 am |
  55. mike

    Ur all missing the point point. This was held for obamas benefit not theirs. Face it this President is a joke and has the closest thing to a state run liberal media supporting his agenda.

    July 5, 2012 at 7:51 am |
  56. jerry

    and the headline says "mixes in politics"..what a joke, it is quite the other way around. Its all about getting and keeping power..at ANY cost and no shame.

    July 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm |