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America the Beautiful…

Thomas Jefferson’s “original rough draft” of  the Declaration of Independence (with revisions by Adams & Franklin)

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Yes, it’s true: Jefferson’s tombstone doesn’t say that he was ever president. He didn’t want it mentioned

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Fun, Fireworks, and Games

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The amazing story of Taylor Morris, Afghan Vet, and his girlfriend Danielle Kelly

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Few high school sweethearts make it past the hat toss at graduation. But Taylor Morris and Danielle Kelly have made it through so much more.

The Iowa natives stayed together and, in 2007, Morris enlisted as an explosive ordnance disposal technician in the Navy. After years of training, Morris was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 12 and the couple moved to Virginia Beach, Va.

While Morris, a second class, was deployed to Afghanistan, the couple talked about their future plans. They considered where they would live when he got back and left the Navy, and adventures they would have, like skydiving and a trip to Africa.

But then Morris stepped on an improvised explosive device, losing both legs above the knee, his left arm and right hand. But that tragic incident has done nothing to stifle the couple’s relationship.

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July 04, 2013 6:00 PM EDT
President Obama Speaks for the Fourth of July Celebration

July 04, 2013 8:10 PM EDT
The Fourth of July Celebration Entertainment and Fireworks

http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

PBS A Capitol Fourth 8:00 PM EST
http://www.pbs.org/capitolfourth/bios.html

NBC’s 4th of July Spectacular 8:00 PM EST
http://www.nbc.com/macys-4th-of-july/

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Happy 4th of July TOD! Well wishes to all your families, and the brave men and women that represent our Armed Forces.  And once again… CONGRATULATIONS to our wonderful Chipsticks for providing this wonderful platform here at TheObamaDiary…. Here’s to 20 million more visitors!


66 Responses to “America the Beautiful…”


  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    July 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Hi LP

  2. 4 Roberta in MN
    July 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you LP. Wonderful mix-up

  3. July 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Happy 4th Everyone and thank you LP for a lovely post. Congratulations Roberta in MN. I am gonna take a nap now, got up early.

  4. 9 vitaminlover
    July 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I am looking forward to seeing the 2013 4th of July silhouette of our First Couple. I love those!

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  7. 16 Nena20409
    July 4, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Slash on his Salute to the Star Spangled Banner…..

  8. 17 Nena20409
    July 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I had No idea that the General could sing…..that was just a pleasant surprise. Lovely.

    Thanks LP.

  9. July 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

  10. July 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Happy Fourth of July All.

    TOD, MY SANCTUARY….
    Thank you so much Chips for giving us this fabulous place and giving us the opportunity of reading, enjoying and writing our opinions.
    There is no place like THE OBAMA DIARY!
    Congratulations Ms. 20M Hits woman.

  11. July 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you LP!!!!! A really lovely post!

    Ugh, I just ate four sausage rolls and I feel ill. Just sharing that with you.

    Will have a heads up in 40ish mins for the WH celebrations – *if* I’ve digested my sausage rolls. 😕

  12. 45 JER
    July 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm

  13. 46 vcprezofan2
    July 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I’m here, Roberta in MN – have been for a while, but reading slow-ly. Can’t figure out why I insist on following all the links and watching all the videos, even when I have a pretty good idea beforehand what some will be saying. /smh/

  14. July 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Afternoon Obots!

    I’m enjoying a nice Manhattan right now. I’ve stocked up on margarita fixings for my guests. And the best part is that they’re bringing all the food; all I have to do is mix drinks and eat.

    Hope everyone is enjoying a festive Fourth.

  15. 48 utaustinliberal
    July 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I have very mixed feelings about Jefferson. The things that have been coming out about him since last year do not paint a very nice man. I know the founding fathers weren’t champions for the oppressed (slaves) but Jefferson’s attitude in particular towards slavery and slaves themselves was just beyond the pale. On the one hand he speaks of values and lifting up all man but on the other he was unusually cruel.

  16. 49 Auni
    July 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Oh Yardarm, for some reason the poster “No Regrets” started a flood of tears. I read a comment a fellow posted on another site regarding war the other day. He said the boys were sent to be “dead in a far off land”. When you think of the beautiful men and women who have died, it’s just beyond painful. I weep for them all.

  17. 52 Bill
    July 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Senator McCain and Miss Lindsey are spending July 4 together in Afghanistan. No word on who will be filling in on MTP.

  18. July 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Perfect song for a warm July 4:

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  20. July 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Those crazy Tea Party Democrat are trying to bring down Obama, What is wrong with those People? I never seem so much Hate coming from our own party, you can see the hate on most of the MSNBC host face. It like looking at FOX News, Chris H. and his side kick RM don’t like Obama, These Two People really want Obama to fail. They are no different then Rush L.

  21. 61 utaustinliberal
    July 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm

  22. July 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    July 04, 2013 6:00 PM EDT
    President Obama Speaks for the Fourth of July Celebration

    July 04, 2013 8:10 PM EDTShare
    The Fourth of July Celebration Entertainment and Fireworks

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    PBS A Capitol Fouth 8:00 PM EST
    http://www.pbs.org/capitolfourth/bios.html

    NBC’s 4th of July Spectacular 8:00 PM EST
    http://www.nbc.com/macys-4th-of-july/

  23. July 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    “Be kind to your web-footed friends…” 🙂 Love John Philip Sousa!

  24. 66 Byo
    July 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    The gooner says we got Higuain, next Fellaini, Grenier(or Copoue) and Cesar. Then we win the championship in May.
    But the toothless photo of Frank was hilarious, even though I like the guyl


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