Though July 4th, the day our incredible country was 'born' is always celebrated with great abandon at the White House, this year's celebration is even more special. That's because in addition to the nation's 238th birthday, today also happens to be First daughter Malia Obama's, sweet sixteen.
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During his short but effective life as preacher and civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. gave many speeches. However the one that seemed to resonate with the entire country, race notwithstanding, was the one he delivered fifty years ago on August 28th, 1963, whilst standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
While spending eight years in the White House may sound glamorous, life for Malia and Sasha Obama cannot be that much fun. After all, which teen/tween likes to sit through long boring speeches, be constantly hounded by the media and worst of all, have some secret service agent constantly watching all their movements? But, every now and again the job of being America's 'first girls' does bring some perks - One of which happens to be the 'Kid's Inauguration Ball', a tradition started by President Obama, where the girls get to invite and hobnob with music stars of their choice.
Four years ago, President Barack Obama made history when he was sworn in as the first African American President of the United States of America. This morning, he once again took the oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.". The private swearing-in ceremony was even more significant this time around, because it affirmed that Americans are truly all about electing the best man (or woman) for the job, regardless of his/her creed or color.
Today, August 4th, is President Obama's 50th birthday and while that may seem ancient to most of you, he is the nation's 5th youngest president ever - behind Ulysses S. Grant, John Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Theodore Roosevelt and only the third one to spend his 50th birthday in the Oval Office. So how is celebrating this momentous occasion? Here is the lowdown.