WASHINGTON, U.S. – U.S. President Barack Obama, in his weekly address, said that he, First Lady Michele Obama, and their two daughters Sasha and Malia will host a traditional White House cookout for hundreds of service members, military veterans and their families on the occasion of Independence Day on July 4.
According to reports, he also thanked his wife and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Dr Jill Biden for their Joining Forces initiative which is benefiting many .
Obama reportedly said, “On Monday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will celebrate the Fourth like most of you – in the backyard. We’ll hang out with family and friends, throw some burgers and dogs on the grill, and watch the fireworks show. Of course, we’re fortunate enough to have the South Lawn as our backyard. So we’re also going to fill it with hundreds of our troops, our veterans, and their families. Over the past seven and a half years, it’s become one of my favorite traditions. We get to celebrate our freedoms while doing what we can to honor all those who serve and sacrifice to make that freedom possible.”
He added, “For the past five years, Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden have tried to follow the example of so many of those Americans with their Joining Forces initiative. They’ve rallied businesses to hire more than 1.2 million veterans and , and helped reduce veteran homelessness. And just this week, Michelle and Jill announced a breakthrough on a concern they’ve heard again and again from the they spend so much time with – and that’s the issue of professional .”
He reportedly said that the day was about serving the men and women in uniforms who had served the nation. He added that the brave men and women represent the best in the country and thanked them.
Meanwhile, a pro-ISIS Twitter account has threatened to carry out an attack on a flight from Heathrow Airport on July 4.
The account reportedly said that it would target flights from Heathrow to the U.S. The account further claimed that there “will be a device placed in either Heathrow, LAX or JFK airports.”
Many people are reportedly expected to travel from Heathrow to JFK this weekend to celebrate America’s Independence Day.
The FBI has however said that there are no security threats to the U.S. known to the law enforcement.
A spokesperson also said, “However, law enforcement and members of the public must remain vigilant. The FBI asks members of the public to maintain awareness of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.”
On the other hand, a flash flood watch was issued for West Virginia on July 4.
The watch has been issued from July 4 early morning to July 5 for more than 55 counties of the state. Heaviest rains are expected from July 4 afternoon to night.