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View Poll Results: Who should lead the festivities?
The President 53 60.92%
The Speaker of the House 2 2.30%
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court 0 0%
Betty White 32 36.78%
Voters: 87. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-07-2019, 02:42 PM
 
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This is all about Trumpís idea to lead the 4th celebration on the National Mall. The last President to do so was Nixon. If Trump wants to celebrate our countryís birthday, thatís fine. But Iím betting he will doing one of his ďralliesĒ instead. The narcissist canít help making everything about him.
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Lee County, NC
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For the record -- how many of you are actually at home watching TV on July 4th?
Depends how late it is. We go into town to see the fireworks, but we're usually back home before 10:00.
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Anderson, IN
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I was tempted to vote Betty White (surely she is old enough to have witnessed the Declaration being signed? ), but put down the only natural choice. POTUS is the leader of this great nation.

Indeed. Her last name was Ross in those days.


No...wait, I'm thinking of Betsy. Nevermind.
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:15 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Trump but only if he wears an Uncle Sam suit complete with a long flowing white beard. Accompanied by Pence in drag as Martha Washington.
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:20 PM
 
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I vote for the Beach Boys
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:22 PM
 
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Some donít want OGP to do it. So who?
What was done in the capital before now?

Just do it the same, whether it's the mayor or whatever ...

This is not rocket science ...
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:46 PM
 
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What was done in the capital before now?

Just do it the same, whether it's the mayor or whatever ...

This is not rocket science ...
What is done in the capital is entertainment and fireworks. Nothing more. Trump seems to want to make this all about him though
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Putin
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:07 PM
 
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The National Mall has become a popular destination for tourists and Washingtonians alike to celebrate “A Capitol Fourth” the annual free concert and fireworks display at the West Lawn of the Capitol. Immediately preceding the fireworks it is tradition for the band to play Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with cannon fire. This very large celebration has been going on for more than 50 years. Presidents have not inserted themselves.

Fireworks on the Mall, which the National Park Service has orchestrated for more than half a century, draws hundreds of thousands of Americans annually and marks one of the highlights of the city’s tourist season. The event has been broadcast live on television since 1947 and since 1981 has been accompanied by a free concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol featuring high-profile musicians and a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra. A "Capitol Fourth" as it has been called, forever, is a daylong 8 a.m. to 10 p.m wonderful event. I have been to more than 10... we always located the same spot under the same tree, most years, and picnicked and toured and celebrated the day. It has been a carefree, united, non-political event.

This year President Trump has effectively taken charge of our nation's premier Fourth of July celebration. He has demanded moving the gargantuan fireworks display from its usual spot on the Mall to be closer to the Potomac River and he's making plans to address the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He seems to think it is his party, never done before, and even sending out a silly tweet about saving the date. Ugh. It is not his! It existed before him and it will exist after him. It is not about him.

It is a celebration of our nation and not to be politicized. He has cast himself into a starring role where none is needed or wanted. Independence is the star. I have been to numerous Capitol Fourths and it definitely is a time for the people. No leader is required and presidents do not insert themselves.

The president’s take over and now starring role has the potential to turn what has long been a nonpartisan celebration of the nation’s founding into another version of a Trump campaign rally. Officials said it is unclear how much the changes may cost, but the plans have already raised alarms among city officials and some lawmakers about the potential impact of such major alterations to a time-honored and well-organized summer tradition. It truly is so well organized...I am always amazed at how it runs like an oiled machine.

In addition to an address by Trump, he's changed the name to a "Salute to America,” and as mentioned shifted the fireworks a mile southwest of its usual location near the Washington Monument. The fireworks are stunning over the Washington Monument...truly breathtaking ...now?

This revised Independence Day celebration is two years of attempts by Trump to create a major patriotic event centered on him and his supporters, including failed efforts to mount a military parade modeled on the Bastille Day celebration in France.

The problem with Trump inserting himself with his changed plans to long held traditions and his thoughts that this is some new idea to celebrate America on the 4th? He is going to and already has polarized what has typically been a unifying event for Americans.

It’s not about any one president. It’s about how our nation came to be, because of a hardy band of brave men and women. It’s not about any one person, it’s about ‘We, the people.’

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Old 06-07-2019, 09:10 PM
 
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The National Mall has become a popular destination for tourists and Washingtonians alike to celebrate ďA Capitol FourthĒ the annual free concert and fireworks display at the West Lawn of the Capitol. Immediately preceding the fireworks it is tradition for the band to play Tchaikovskyís 1812 Overture complete with cannon fire. This very large celebration has been going on for more than 50 years. Presidents have not inserted themselves.

Fireworks on the Mall, which the National Park Service has orchestrated for more than half a century, draws hundreds of thousands of Americans annually and marks one of the highlights of the cityís tourist season. The event has been broadcast live on television since 1947 and since 1981 has been accompanied by a free concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol featuring high-profile musicians and a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra. A "Capitol Fourth" as it has been called forever is a daylong 8 a.m. to 10 p.m wonderful event. I have been to more than 10... we always located the same spot under the same tree most years with my family and picnicked and toured and celebrated the day.

This year President Trump has effectively taken charge of our nation's premier Fourth of July celebration. He has demanded moving the gargantuan fireworks display from its usual spot on the Mall to be closer to the Potomac River and he's making plans to address the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He seems to think it is his party, never done before and sending out a silly tweet about saving the date. Ugh. It is not his! It was before him and it will be after him. It is not about him.

It is a celebration of our nation and not to be politicized. He has cast himself into a starring role where none is needed or wanted. Independence is the star. I have been to numerous Capitol Fourths and it definitely is a time for the people. No leader is required and presidents do not insert themselves.

The presidentís take over and now starring role has the potential to turn what has long been a nonpartisan celebration of the nationís founding into another version of a Trump campaign rally. Officials said it is unclear how much the changes may cost, but the plans have already raised alarms among city officials and some lawmakers about the potential impact of such major alterations to a time-honored and well-organized summer tradition. It truly is so well organized...I am always amazed at how it runs like an oiled machine.

In addition to an address by Trump, he's changed the name to a "Salute to America,Ē and as mentioned shifted the fireworks a mile southwest of its usual location near the Washington Monument. The fireworks are stunning over the Washington Monument...truly breathtaking ...now?

This revised Independence Day celebration is two years of attempts by Trump to create a major patriotic event centered on him and his supporters, including failed efforts to mount a military parade modeled on the Bastille Day celebration in Franc.

The problem with Trump inserting himself with his changed plans to long held traditions and his thoughts that this is some new idea to celebrate America on the 4th? He is going to and already has polarized what has typically been a unifying event for Americans.

Itís not about any one president. Itís about how our nation came to be, because of a hardy band of brave men and women. Itís not about any one person, itís about ĎWe, the people.í
Exactly right. Excellent reply.
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