The incident occurred when Obama was greeting visitors during the White House Independence Day Celebration. The band played Rodney Atkins‘ “It’s America,” creating what the pool report described as an “awkward moment.” The president and First Lady Michelle Obama “were hosting service members and their families on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday evening to mark the Fourth of July,” according to the Hill. Military families “were treated to an evening of barbecue, fireworks and a concert featuring the Marine Band and country star Brad Paisley.”
The full pool report:
Here’s some color from POTUS’ visits with the troops.
After his remarks, POTUS and FLOTUS made a bee-lime for the crowd where he began to shake hands and sign autographs, and continued to do so until 6:49 when he left the South Lawn, walked around to the Oval Office and then towards the playground set where several children were playing.
Some fathers were hoisting there small children, whose faces were painted in red-white-and-blue designs, onto their shoulders to see the president.
Pool was then ushered back to the press area at the White House.
One awkward moment: A New York Times photographer in the pool mentioned that shortly after Obama ended his remarks and was shaking hands, the a subset of the Marine Corps band played one of Mitt Romney’s main walkout songs, Rod Atkins’ “It’s America.”
The best patriotic outfit pool spotted was a woman standing in line to get an autograph who eventually gave up and walked away empty-handed. The woman was wearing a tank-top dress completely made out of small red, white, and blue balloons — no joke.
(H/T The Hill)
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