On July 4, the White House hosted an Independence Day celebratory barbecue event for military members and their families.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were hosts to service members and their families yesterday. The day also included a naturalization ceremony for more than two dozen active duty service members, reported CNN.
Media reports described the day as a great time by all. Music was provided by the U.S. Marine Corps Band and country music star Brad Paisley.
Although, the July 4 celebration did have what's being described by reporters present for the event as an "awkward moment". This occurred after a subset of the U.S. Marine Corps musicians performed a song commonly played at Mitt Romney's campaign events.
The President had welcomed the guests to the White House with opening remarks:
"It is always such an honor for us to spend this holiday with members of our military and your extraordinary families," said President Obama. "So as your commander in chief — but also as an American — I wanted to invite all of you over to say one thing: Thank you."
According to The Hill, at this time of the celebratory events as the President and First Lady went to chat with soldiers, some Marine Corps musicians struck up country music singer Rodney Atkins song, "It's America."
A White House pool reporter described to others the moment was "awkward" being "It's America" is often played as Romney's walk-out song on the campaign trail.
After the barbecue everyone enjoyed the concert and the spectacular fireworks from the White House lawn.
President Obama's full remarks were published as a White House press release.