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guard brake the horizon when the chopper blades peerps the sky those in distress know the help is on the way and our enemies know their time has come. [ applause ] >> these guardians of our waters stand semper piratisp they are always ready. they are the united states coast guard. representing the coast guard today you will soon see an hh 60 jay hawk helicopter. based at coast guard air station clear water. along with an hh 65 dolphin from air station atlantic city and an hc 144 ocean sentry from air station miami. [ applause ] ♪
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♪ [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you to the coast guard. on a cold december morning in 1903 a miracle occurred over the do you knows of kitty hawk, north carolina, when two bicycle make frers ohio defied gravity with a 12 horsepower engine wingsed made of cotton and a few dollars in their pockets. just a few decades later america was training pilots to take the magnificent machineries up and over the field of battle.
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in world war ii our fly boys rushed the skies of europe and aces like eddieicen backer fill the hearts and headlines with tales of daring duals in the clouds. general billy mitchell saw the promise of the technology and risked court morgues in his quest for an independent air force. he was proven right when empires across the ocean tried to carve up the world for themselves and america stood in the way. we wouldn't let it happen. [ applause ] >> after pearl harbor, lieutenant colonel james do little and his raiders flu b-25 bombers off a carrier deck in the deep pacific in a daring feat of american resolve. as president roosevelt said, the nazis built a fortress around
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europe, but they forgot to put a roof on it. [ applause ] so we crushed them all from the air. 177 liber eighted bombers flu dangerously low through broad daylight without fighter protection to cripple the nazi war machine. more than 300 airman gave lives to destroy the enemy oil refineries. and five pilots were awarded the congressional medal of honor for in re actions in that single raid. it was airman chuck yaeger who first broke the sound barriers. it was airman like gus grissom and buzz aldoctrine who traded saber jets for rockets to the stars. and it is our incredible airman today who wield the most powerful weapon systems on the planet earth. for over 65 years no enemy air
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force has managed to kill a single american soldier because the skies belong to the united states of america. [ applause ] no enemy attacked our people without being met by a roar of thunder. and the awesome might of those who bid farewell to earth and soar into the wild blue yonder. n they are the united states air force, representing the air force you will soon see beautiful brand-new f-22 raptors from langley air force base in virginia. and one magnificent b-2 stealth bomber from whiteman air force base in missouri. [ applause ] ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> that is a b-2 bomber flying over washington, d.c. and our coverage will continue in just a minute. comfortable. not just sorta comfortable. serta comfortable.
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we are back with our live coverage of president trump's salute to america. the president is getting ready to introduce the u.s. navy fly over. and before we arbor see the planes i want to bring in retired admiral john kish canny to talk aboutway we have seen so far. the military is very popular. >> it is. >> the president is -- there is associating one's seven with the most popular institution in america especially when you compare it to say his approval ratings, there is a huge capitalism between the two things. >> right. >> there is a divide about whether he should be doing this. you think he should not be. you have concerned. >> i do. i think each time he gets around military troops or assets he
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tends to politicize them. i think they get drawn more and more into his sort of -- his appropriation of military virtue for his personal game. he wraps himself around the flag and the troops and aircraft because he knows they are popular with america and because he knows he will get applause lines. he is trying to airport that popularity for himself. this is not about how we won our won our independence. it's about declaring independence. and the founders were suspicious of having a standing army or standing navy to begin with. it should not be about the military. all this focus and this fairly eighth grade history on the military bothers me. >> let's watch this. this is the navy blue angel fly over. >> ths. >> no -- >> it is it's only four. >> it's four of the blue angels. >> not all six. >> actually that's not the blue angels. >> that's not the blue angels.
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>> yeah, f-18. >> we have -- and see the joint strike fighter? it's two different jets. >> it's the -- >> so great. in november of 1775 the continental congress created two battalions of a new kind of warrior, one who kept and would protect our ships and sailors and be at home both ashore at the mast with musk et in hand. the versatility was proven when 234 continental marines conducted their first amphibious raid. capturing the british supply of gun powder and canon at ft. nassau pmt ever since marines have fought in every american war. in re legend has groan and groan and groan were with o with each
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pass yeerg. twhas it was marines who within the first overseas battle. the high stiff collar shielding them from the enemy sword earned them the name leather neck. it was the hrns who havre two days of battle marched through thele halls of montezuma, taking heavy casualties to kick the kaisers troops out in wourmrld ii, earning the titles devil dogs. and the marines raised the flag on the black sands of iwojima.
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[ applause ] >> from the reservoir to casson, from hell mund to baghdad, marines have struck fear in the hearts of our enemies and put solace into the hearts of friends. marines always lead the way. after the 1983 marine barracks bombs in beirut which claimed the lives of 241 u.s. serviceman, marine sergeant jeffrey natashaen lay in bandages so badly wounded, barely alive. when the commandant of the marine corps came to the hospital. he could not see and could not speak. he felt for the four stars. he signalled for pen and paper. and with shaking hand he wrote two words. semper fi.
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[ applause ] that motto, semper fidelis, always faithful, burns in the soul of every marine, a sacred promise the corps has kept since the birg of our country. they are the elite masters of air, land and sea on battlefields across the globe. they are the united states marines. [ applause ] representing the marine corps today will be a brand-new vh 92 soon to serve as marine 1 with two v-22 ospre from the famed helicopter squadron at quanitco, the night hawks. ♪
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♪ ♪ we fight our country's battles ♪ ♪ in the aaron land and sea ♪ first to fight for right and freedom ♪ ♪ and to keep our honor clean ♪ we are proud to claim the title of united states marines ♪ ♪ we fight our country's battles in the aaron land and sea ♪ ♪ first to fight for right and freedom ♪ ♪ then to keep our honor clean
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♪ we are proud to claim the title of united states marines ♪ [ applause ] >> in june of 1775 the continental congress created a unified army out of the revolutionary forces encamped around boston and new york, and named after the great george washington, commander in chief. the continental army suffered a bitter winter at valley forge, found glory across the waters of the delaware and seized victory from cornwallis of yorktown. our army manned the west be took over airports, it did everything it had to do and at ft. mchenry
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under the rocket's red glare had nothing but victory. when dawn game, the star spangled banner waved defiant [ applause ] >> at shiloh, and gettiys burg they gave devotion and all for the freedom of all americans. in the trench of world war ii an army sergeant alvein york faced an inferno of enemy fire and refused to retreat. he said i won't leave. i won't stop. he shot his rifle 1 times killing 18 of the enemy. when they fixed bayen et cetera and charged. he charged.
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the entire battalion surrendered because of york. a generation later the army returned to europe and embarked on a crusade. the rangers scaled the cliffs of normandy, the 101st airborne leapt in the danger from above. illuminated only by enemy flairs, explosions and burning aircraft. they threw back the nazi empire with lightning of their own from the barrels of the m-1 rifle. in the darkness of the battle of the bulge with nazis on every side one soldier is reported to have said, they've got us surrounded again, the poor bastards. [ applause ] outnumbered american warriors fought through the bunkers of
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pork chop hill and held the line of civilization in korea in the elephant grass of vietnam, the first cavalry made its stand amid a forest consumed in flame with enemies at every turn. the army brought america's righteous fury down to al qaeda in afghanistan and cleared the blood 30see killers from caves. liber eight l liber. through centuries our soldiers have pointed toward home, prepro claiming this we'll defend. any live by the creed of douglas macarthur, in war there is no substitute for victory. ner the greatest soldiers on earth.
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[ applause ] >> nearly 250 years ago a volunteer army of farmers and shop keepers, blacksmith, merchants and militiaman risked life and limb to secure american liberty and self-government. this evening we witnessed the noble might of the warriors who continue that legacy. they guard our birth right with vigilens and fierce devotion to the flag and to our great country. now we must go forward as a nation with that same unity of purpose. as long as we stay true to our course. as long as we remember our great history. as long as we never, ever stop fighting for a better future, then there will be nothing that america cannot do. [ applause ]
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[ applause ] >> thank you. we will always be the people who defeated a tyrant, crossed a continent, harnessed science, took to the skies and soared into the heavens, because we will never forget that we are americans, and the future belongs to us. [ applause ] the future belongs to the brave, the strong, the proud and the free. we are one people chasing one dream and one magnificent destiny. we all share the same heroes, the same home, the same heart.
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and we are all made by the same almighty god. [ applause ] from the banks of the chesapeake to the cliffs of california, from the humming shores of the great lakes, to the sand do yun of the carolinas to the heartland to the everglades of florida, the spirit of american independence will never fade, never fail, but will reign forever and ever and ever [ applause ] >> so once more, to every citizen throughout our land, have a glorious independence day. have a great fourth of july.
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i want to thank the army band, the national park service, the interior department, the incredible pilots overhead, and those who are making possible the amazing fireworks display later this evening. now as the band plays the battle him of the republic, i forfeit the first lady, vice president and mrs. pence, the service secretaries and military leaders to join me on stage for one more salute to america by the famous, incredible, talented blue angels. god bless you. god bless the military. and god bless america. happy fourth of july. [ applause ]
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♪ ♪ mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord ♪ ♪ he is stamping out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored ♪ ♪ he has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword ♪ ♪ his truth is marching on
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♪ glory glory hallelujah ♪ glory glory hallelujah ♪ glory glory hallelujah ♪ his truth is marching on ♪ i have seen him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps ♪ ♪ >> we're going to take a quick
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we've been watching the president's salute to america here on this july 4th. i want to bring in our panel to discuss what we have seen so far. starting with you, retired rear admirable john kirby. as you've been watching this. in a vacuum, this has been pulled off so far pretty well. the president stuck to script, which is something he doesn't often do. but i think we can't -- we have to underscore that this is an unusual display that we have seen. >> yeah, i can't remember in my lifetime ever seeing anything
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like this. >> and these are the blue angels emboli over. >> these are the blue angels. >> you were the spokesperson. >> for five years i was with the blue angels. i was wrong earlier when the previous fly over. i thought it was a blue angel diamond. but this is them performing a breaking maneuver where at the split off to separate directions. and the smoke is actually wax they inject into the engine exhaust that creates the white smoke. look, it's very unusual to see something like this. and i -- i still go back to what i said before. i think i'm just troubled about the militaryistic tone of the whole thing. first we were treated to essentially 8th grade history that was fairly sepia toned and saccrrine and context. i heard nothing other than a pledge to put the american flag on mars. i heard nothing in the speech about where the country should be going. some of the problems we need to
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fix. that's what we lean on a commander in chief and president for. to drive us forward. we are a young country. we have the attention span of poodles. we like to look ahead. and we need a president and leader that helps us do that. i heard none of that in this speech. i could have gotten this off of watching schoolhouse rock and frankly didn't need all the militaryistic displays of might. i think it's not who we are as a country. >> what did you think ryann lizza. >> i think it's important to oint out what he didn't say. he read the speech from the teleprompter which he rarely does and didn't go off into a lot of traditional trumpian bizarre frankly tangents, didn't do as much sort of attacking enemies, just sort of normal stream of conscious trump rants. that's what he does at rallies and speeches. it didn't happen this time. reminds me of a couple of other speeches where he read the whole thing and didn't do that.
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state of the union, made the d-day speech. when he sticks to a speech, you know, maybe just as a writer i'm a little bit more alert to this, it reminds you that his in the business.e not the best - other presidential speech writing teams have been better. george w. bush had a great speech writing team if you read the speeches. bill clinton, barack obama, these speeches are sort of a little lo lo. >> ruddmentry. >> basic. sometimes it seems he is reading a wikipedia page about historical events. on this date this happened. a lot of jokes on twitter and elsewhere seems like a schoolhouse rock version of history or seventh or 8th grade research report. but, you know a little bit of credit for not -- for not going off on a lot of sort of luna a tick tangents which frngly. >> any. he didn't go off on any
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tangents. >> there was a usa chant. that was symbolic of a rally. but other than that. -- and i think the nostalgia of the speech you were saying had tuesday with the history lesson lesson we sat through and the very ruddmentry as you said way. that made it feel, you know, like we were looking back and not forward. and that -- that felt a little off there. >> yeah, it wasn't beyonce singing the national and them. it was lin-manuel miranda rapping alexander hamilton. but it was fine. brip it was like a wikipedia entry. it almost felt at time limit times like the president was wow look at all the things america has done. the pitch has been make america great again. turns out america was great the whole time. we did a lot of good things struggled through a lot of good things as a country. but he stuck to script process. contentwise fine.
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i agree with admiral kirby i'm not sure why he felt in holiday was the venue for it. moving on. >> barbara starr, you cover the defense department day in and day out. what was your perspective what you saw here? >> well i think i'm going to be a little bit of a divergent voice from everybody there tonight. this was an event supposed to be at minimum feel good for the country on a holiday. but what strikes me the most -- and i feel this way as a reporter covering the military about so much of it of what we see here is that service in the united states military over the decades over the hundreds of years is not a reality tv show. you know, right now today as we stand here, there are homeless veterans on the street. there are veterans suffering from post traumatic stress dating back to their service in vote nam. suicide is at an all-time rate. military families are struggling
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on salaries that could be high are. veterans are struggling for benefits. gold star families, good for the president that he mentioned them. but if you are a gold star family, if you have lost a spouse or child or relative in combat, you are a gold star family for the rest of your life. and that stays with you forever. you know, stuff that people probably don't want to get sad about upon a holiday. but from the president of the united states, any president we see this all the time. they use the military as a predictle back drop. president obama did it. both president bushs did it. it's a rally call to the country for loyalty to the military, loyalty to national goals. and that's all fine. but i think many people in this country have really moved beyond just that. and the reason it's so important and i think admiral kirby knows this better than anybody -- today recruiting into the
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military of young americans is very tough. any don't necessarily have the great numbers that are needed have the affinity necessarily, not all of them -- some of them do for public service. many young people cannot qualify for military service because of their health. you know, you got to make the military realistic to young people today. not a reality tv show and not a computer game. >> can i add one thing. >> barbara said that so well. i think she is right the military deserves a moment of recognition and celebration. the only thing i would add though is that if there are the military families that are out here that have needs that need the recognition that have lost loved ones why won't the money for the event be spent on tricare or base housing or other things military families need and not a moment to center a national holiday around the president? that would be my only criticism. >> april ryan? >> that's true.
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yeah, i -- i tend to agree with everyone. but i'm taking like barbara star take a bit of different take. i think at the moment the president -- he need add soaring moment needed a soaring speech. as his disapproval numbers are higher than approval numbers. as he goes against joe biden. yes he was focused, wasn't distracted but what i will say as we went through the schoolhouse rock history lesson portion i took notes. if you didn't know better, you know, it sounds like everything was great. but when he talked about the -- about the gold star families i thought about the gold star family, the khan family, the military who i couldn't help but think about late senator john mccain a pow, as he saluted the military i watched him and heard him talk about women's suffrage, how women weren't allowed to vote. but there are still calls for
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him to have free and fair elections. especially after this last midterm where there were calls about not just women but just for minorities as well. issues of voter suppression. he talked about dr. king. he talked about the greens borrow -- dsh the kids february 1st in 1960 sitting in at the wool worth counter, the wool worths across the country for sitting in because they were hungry. when he said that, i thought about the exonerated five. he is talking about the 18-year-old kids at the time in 1960. i'm thinking about the kids who he took out a full page ad for for them to have the death penalty and they were exonerated and still feels they were guilty when they were exonerated through dpa. i heard him invoke the name hair yet tubman. as hair yet tubman's on a $20
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bill is in jeopardy in this administration. they are delaying past 2028 when it should have been 2020. if you didn't know better -- the list goes on. the list goes on. i could go on. but if you didn't know better this president is trying to recreate his history before he celebrated the military. he needed this moment. if you didn't know better, if you didn't fact check and go back to what he said or had done about certain issues it would be a soaring speech. but for someone who covers him day in and day out and understands some of the issues -- i'm stim checking on when he said he said the isis caliphate is 100% gone. we have to check that one as well. there are a lot of things in the speech that it may have been schoolhouse rock trump version. but nonetheless we still have to fact check. and it was his attempted at a soaring moment for history. >> i do want to get phil mudd's perspective on what we just saw,
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phil. >> let me be subtle here at a professional level 25 years in national security i hate to do. at a personal level i hate to do more. let me tell you something when we are in the midst of july 4th after 9/11 at the cia i thought we were celebrating the defense of ideals, the right to live free and fair. right to live according to the documents that our founding fathers established, the right to -- of every person every citizen in the country to pretend like they can be president, the rate to have economic opportunity. i didn't realize we were fighting the chance to pay for guns weapons. i did national security. i thought this was about ideals and now we made it about the military. that's not what the founding fathers gave us. any gave us the gift of ideals. at a personal level, excuse me but now we have the super bowl as invaded by politics players kneeling. the women's world cup is a dput about women going to the white house. we have a stupid dispute of politics this week about whether nike puts a flag on a shoe. can we actually have a day with
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hamburgers hot doing dogs without with a few beers without a politician. fwhou we have plikens saying celebrate guns and aircraft forget about the founding fathers who talked about being cautious with the standing military. >> i just always wish that phil mudd would tell us what he really thinks. >> what he really feels. >> stand by, everyone much more to talk about. we'll be right back. not even our competitor's best battery can match the power of energizer. because energizer ultimate lithium is the longest lasting aa battery in the world. [confetti cannon popping] energizer. backed by science. matched by no one.
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all right. we're back to discuss what we saw with the president's salute to america. john kirby, as you -- you were watching this. you -- what would you have liked to have seen? as you have thought about how the military was used in in, which it was unusual. i mean, i think in a vacuum if you look at how the military was treated this was respectful. but this was -- it was odd for the fourth of july. what do you think would have been a more fitting situation to see. >> well in a perfect world i would have preferred that he do what most presidents in recent memory have done and do something for military families on the south lawn. not give a big speech. let's assume that wasn't going
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to happen. we were getting a spectacle out of him. i think a speech less focused on the past and more on the future and sort of bringing us together. because we are a divided nation. that would have been helpful. i think a shorter speech would have been helpful. and i don't think it should have been wrapped around jingoism and militaryistic virtue. yes i'm proud of a being a veteran. my son is in the navy. i'm proud of that, that history that we have in the service. but that's not the essence of being an american. it's part of it. and not every american serves nor should every have to serve in the military. that's another thing making this a great country. i think wrapping himself around bigger ideas of what it is to be an person, to be something part of larger than yourself and to serve in other ways other than the uniform. and calling -- calling on americans to find that sense of themselves and going forward and try to heal the divides, whether it's joining the peace corps or
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volunteering in the local community. knows are real stories. that's what he should have called out. he almost got there, brie. when he called out a couple of local volunteers. i thought that i can get around that would be good to talk about on a day like today. >> talk about the american spirit? >> the average everyday americans out there, even today in california with the earthquake, checking on their neighbors, making sure people are okay. that's wh that's what makes us who we are. it's not about fly-overs and not about tanks. we're about taking care of one another. and i still think that if -- certainly you don't get this impression if you look at twitter. i still think most americans are like that. most americans would like to get beyond the bitterness that divides us right now. he could have tapped into that spirit that's out there, that good will. he didn't do it. he lost that opportunity. >> kate, were you surprised that he stayed on message? the white house had promised he's going to have a message of
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unity and to talk about the american story. i did think that could have been filled in a little more, talking about the american story. >> sure. >> but he -- even though he's in the middle of it so it is about him. but he didn't talk about himself. >> he didn't. he stayed on the script, which is something we hardly ever see him do. it's something i thought about, too, with the president and the first lady. they are very military proud. we've been on a number of trips with the first lady. and the second lady visiting military bases, visiting with troops, visiting with military families, this is something that this white house is focused on quite a bit. and i don't know how you bring that to translation today and how to make it feel like a story of real -- an american story, founding fathers, make us feel good. it felt sort of weird, i think. but to his credit, the president really spoke for a long time there, and i think even when he does speak off the prompter for speeches, he always goes off, you know, on his own tangents.
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we didn't see that today. perhaps it was because mrs. trump was there maybe telling him not to. but certainly to that, he stuck to it. >> he did, he stuck to t. >> look, trump is an incredibly polarizing figure and all of us bring our knowledge of his history and our own biases about how we feel about him to any event like this and a speech like this. you know, it has to be said there are millions of americans who watched the speech and probably don't have any criticism, thought it was just a perfectly ordinary 4th of july address. and that's the nature of our politics right now. you can't -- you're not going to insert donald trump into something like the 4th of july and not have a sort of huge diversity of opinions about it. you know, my test for when trump does something kind of off the wall is what if barack obama had done this or said this, what trump supporters -- how would
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they have reacted. a useful exercise, what if barack obama had given this speech, how would we have reacted. >> i think think of an example. in 2009 president obama wanted to give the closed circuit tv address to the nation's school children, to your point. he did give that address. most of the speech, you can look it up online, is about telling kids to do their homework and not everybody is going to be a professional musician or athlete. sometimes some people just have to get good grades and go to school and go on with their lives. and republicans had a fit that he wanted to address americans on that subject. it's not an exact parallel, ryan. but to your point, it is a good test. how would people have reacted if this had been owe banl a. >> we saw him swerving away from the 4th of july. it seems to me that this holiday is about the ideals that inspired the birth of the united states and declaring independence, and those are all popular things to talk about.
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he seemed to swerve away, i would say, from what the mission is of the 4th of july, but he moved into something very popular, which is the military. and so because of that you have people who will say, well, what's really the matter with that? >> right, right. >> because he shoe horned, what he really wanted to do on vets day to the 4th of july. he got talked out of doing it on veteran's day which would have been an appropriate time to honor the military, although i still disagreed with that aust austentatious way. he backed off of that. he shoe horned it on the 4th of july. he leapfrogged it ahead into july because he couldn't do it last november. it was always in his mind after seeing bastille day in 2017 to do a big military display, and he was just looking for a day to do it. it ended up on the 4th of july which i think is totally the wrong holiday for it. >> is there -- is there -- do you see him sort of co-opting the military, politicizing the
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military? >> yes, of course. every time he gets in front of a crowd of troops he does that. and what i worry about, brianna, is that, you know, over time we're just going to become sort of immune to this. that it's just going to be okay to have the commander in chief get up -- >> just to play devils advocate a little bit, is what he did today fundamentally worse -- i'm open to not knowing the answer to this and thinking it through. is what he did any different than george w. bush landing on that aircraft carrier or any of the other -- >> he was tremendously criticized for doing that. >> with trump, because he pushes things so much, i think it's really important to think through, did previous presidents do this and we're just reacting a little differently because it's trump? or is this genuinely moving the bar? that's always the key question. >> that's a fair question, ryan. everything has to be kept in context. he is not like any other commander in chief or president. bush got pushed because of
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landing on the carrier, but it wasn't on the level of this. you have to consider the context of this guy and how he wraps himself in the flag. he calls them "my generals." he sort of co-opts military virtues. not just the military, but the militarization of politics in this country. we're more sensitive to the trump with trump because he praises strong men and he doesn't talk about officers abroad. that's why when we see him hugging the military it worries us a little bit more. >> all right, you guys, stand by for me. we have to leave it there, april, i'm sorry, on this 4th of july. i'm brianna keilar. thank you so much for watching. happy 4th of july to you, and the news continues here on cnn. [tv sfx]: where have you been all my life? but then anne laid on a serta perfect sleeper. and realized her life was only just sorta comfortable. not just sorta comfortable. serta comfortable. not just sorta comfortable. if you have moderate to little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla.
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