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President Obama celebrates Independence Day with new US citizens

Barack Obama as US President

July 4, 2012 - WASHINGTON DC

President Barack Obama celebrated the American Independence Day presiding at a citizenship ceremony in the ornate East Room. This is the third naturalization ceremony in the Obama White House, but the first on an Independence Day. In the evening, Obama along with his family members and military families watched the fireworks from the White House lawn.

The day began with 25 active-duty service members awarded citizenship. The East Room was filled with service members' friends and families. Speaking on the occasion, President Obama said "Happy Fourth of July. What a perfect way to celebrate America's birthday — the world's oldest democracy, with some of our newest citizens. I have to tell you, just personally, this is one of my favorite things to do, It is an honor for me to serve as your commander in chief."

President Obama also stressed the importance of passing the Dream Act, which would grant legal status (not citizenship), to such people who serve in the military or seek higher education in the US. “Immigration positions America to lead in the 21st century,” he emphasised.

Obama also celebrated the 14th birthday of his eldest daughter, Malia.

The following are the 25 new American citizens:

  1. Byron Oswaldo Acevado - born in Guatemala City, Guatemala
  2. Oluwatosin K Akinduro - born in Lagos, Nigeria
  3. Miguel Andrade - born and raised in Cape Verda Islands
  4. Alla Victorovna Ausheva - born in Russia
  5. Francisco Jose Ballesteros de la Rosa - born in Mexico
  6. Oscar Javier Beltran Medina - born in Bolivia
  7. Silvano Carcamo - born in Honduras
  8. Luisa Maria Childers - born in El Salvador
  9. Mamadou Aliou Diallo - born in Conakry, Guinea
  10. Terence Njikang Ekabe - born in Cameroon
  11. Sergey Eliseev - born in Russia
  12. Andriy Olegovich Gener - born in Odessa, Ukraine
  13. Daniel Arcenal Geneta - born in Philippines
  14. Alexey Isachenko - born in Russia
  15. Yuxiong Jin - born and raised in China
  16. Carlos Eduardo Navichoque - born in Guatemala City
  17. Faye Ubad Ngirchomlei - born in Palau
  18. Aegean Pascua Obed - born in the Philippines
  19. Praseuthsith Phimmasone - born in the Philippines
  20. Fatima Vanessa Rivera Fuentes - born in El Salvador
  21. Guillermo Enrique Roche Rendon - born in Ecuador
  22. Sedrick Kwesi Sam - born in Ghana
  23. Hans Lemuel Pang Sy - born in the Philippines
  24. Jhonathan Gerardo Zapata - born in Colombia
  25. Cristian Felipe Zapata Gil - born in Colombia

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