President Obama Told Interns Not to Celebrate Independence Day-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This is a forwarded email containing an article alleging that, while addressing a group of Congressional Summer Interns, President Obama said that instead of celebrating Independence day that he believed that “we should celebrate where we are going.”
President Obama did not tell interns not to celebrate the Fourth of July.
This came from a July 2, 2013 article by LibertyPaper.org, which was labeled “political satire”.
Obama to College Students: Do Not Celebrate Fourth of July
July 2, 2013
As the country prepares to celebrate its independence from Great Britain President Obama had a completely different message for a group of Congressional Summer interns in Washington:
Obama Speaks to Congressional Summer Interns
“America is a great country. There is no denying this. However, I caution you all as you step forward in your careers. Peer back into history and ask yourselves- Was a revolution truly necessary? Great Britain may not have had it completely right, but they had many things right. Take taxes for example. If your neighbor makes $1 Million a year, but you and your family can barely keep the heat on should he not help your family? God instructs us to help our neighbors. He does not instruct us to look down upon them though the windows of capitalism. Why then on the Fourth of July should you celebrate such a radical break from what is Godly and just? No doubt there are many voices warning you of the harm of big government. They are wrong. Government can provide you with what family and friends cannot. If this is gone what will you have?”
Many in the crowd seemed uneasy, and desperate for some sort of clarification. Julie Barks, an intern from Louisiana State University, asked President Obama, “Are you saying we should not celebrate the birth of our country?”
President Obama responded, ”I believe we should celebrate where we are going. Celebrate moving forward. Not where we have been.”