What Do Presidents Do For July Fourth? Trump Is In New Jersey, Obama held Concerts And Thomas Jefferson Died
The following is an excerpt from Julia Glum | June 2, 2017 | Newsweek.com |
Tuesday is America’s 241st birthday, but the president isn’t spending this weekend at the White House celebrating—he’s in New Jersey.
On Friday, after Donald Trump met with and gave a joint statement alongside South Korea’s Moon Jae-in, the commander-in-chief and his wife left Washington for Bedminster, New Jersey. They’re scheduled to stay at the Trump National Golf Club there through Monday, NJ.com reported. It’s his third time at his so-called Summer White House since he was inaugurated earlier this year.
Though Trump flew back to D.C. for a Saturday-night "Celebrate Freedom" concert honoring veterans and will be back in Washington for Independence Day itself, his decision to spend July Fourth weekend largely away from the country’s capital may raise some eyebrows.
This is especially true because Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, had a habit of throwing big July Fourth concerts to honor military service members and give staffers a chance to celebrate. In 2016, the event featured rapper Kendrick Lamar; in 2012 the White House welcomed country singer Brad Paisley. For years, Obama’s Independence Day was a party—he held babies and served barbecue and regularly led attendees in singing “Happy Birthday” to his daughter Malia, who, coincidentally, was born on July 4.
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