POSTED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 5:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — President Obama participated in a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members this morning.
The candidates for naturalization came from all over the world, including Nigeria, Russia, China, and the Philippines.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano delivered the Oath of Allegiance in the East Room of the White House.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Obama invited Lance Corporal Byron Acevedo to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
“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 this - personally, this is one of my favorite things to do,” stated Obama. “It brings me great joy and inspiration because it reminds us that we are a country that is bound together not simply by ethnicity or blood lines, but by fidelity to a set of ideas."
The President and First Lady are hosting military heroes and their families with a barbeque, a concert and fireworks on the White House lawn.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney spent his fourth marching in a New Hampshire parade.
Hundreds of people lined the streets to get a glimpse of the candidate. Some spectators were heard chanting for President Obama, but the majority of the people were cheering loudly for Romney.
This is his first official public appearance of the week.
"I love the fact that as we walked through the parade today, I realized that a number of people are thinking of voting for someone other than me… I know a few were in that crowd,” stated Romney. “But you know what, they were courteous and respectful, said good luck to you and happy Fourth of July. This is a time for us to come together as a people.”
Romney won the GOP primary in New Hampshire back in January by a large margin, but has kept his sights on the battleground state.