President Obama Praises Military Families at Inaugural Ball

Barack Obama speaks with military members before wrapping up remarks at the Commander-in-Chief Ball.
8:27 | 01/21/13

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You all dressed up pretty -- A wonderful time. Now nobody you know who are in uniform you look outstanding. Your dates -- As we -- the -- I'm not gonna give a long speech eight lot I really want to do is. It is come down and express. The extraordinary gratitude. Not just of me as your commander in chief. But more importantly. The thanks. Of all the American people. I want to start by -- summer outstanding leaders who are here. Our hosts our senior it -- to divide us from. All five branches of our military. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff general -- them. Who promised to spend some time tonight. So you should hold onto it. The vice chairman of the senate when -- field. And all our outstanding member of the joint chiefs. Our secretary of veterans affairs and Vietnam veteran rich in seconds who is here. And we're honored to be joined by some truly extraordinary Americans. A wounded warriors who inspire us with the. -- -- -- Junior officers the backbone all of our military. -- -- Military families. Including the families of the fall. Our gold star families we will stand what you always. The members of the legendary. Tuskegee yeah. And the recipients of our nation's highest military decoration. The medal of honor. We are honored -- your -- -- today. We experienced. The majesty of our democracy. A ritual. Only possible. And a form of government that is. -- -- -- -- -- -- today made possible because. There are patriots. Like each and everyone of -- Who defend our freedom every single -- So there's all partying. Is just another. Way to say some -- -- we can never say enough. -- -- Thank you for stepping up. You for keeping -- strong. Thank you for always making us proud. No greater honor. Your commander in chief. It. It's because -- you that we're done we're able had -- wrong. That we delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. Because if you that's even possible that. Give Afghans a chance to determine their own -- We are going forward. Milwaukee. Our military defining finest fighting force. That the world -- ever known. -- tonight we're also joined. By somber service members in Afghanistan. -- -- -- -- Wow. What we can see them on this mountain. Julio -- generally you there and then. -- good -- this president congratulations on your inauguration. It is major general Abrams -- -- third infantry division and regional command south. Or automobile to join you there this evening -- -- joined tonight by some. Fantastic airman and documents and officers and soldiers serving here it got our. -- Congratulations to presidents or first class Orlando -- Lake Charles, Louisiana. -- -- -- -- want to congratulate you on its outlook done. Mr. President -- on Iraq Ostrosky. Superintendent. Eight -- expeditionary air support operations water hailing from Detroit Michigan on. Good evening Mr. President my name's Sargent first class David Wood that -- monument Colorado. Third infantry division falcon brigade task horse light horse. Thank you very much for having us here to party congratulations. -- -- him as president. NASA began to lose PM that operations superintendent -- expeditionary air support operations squadron. And the world's greatest air force. Mr. President we're honored -- to join -- tonight. We've got one more thing for all of you there. -- -- -- -- -- To all of you were there we know it's tough being away from -- family's. We know the incredible sacrifices. Dad challenges that you meet every single that. By I can tell you that you've got a room full of patriots here. It. And although I've got to admit that there a -- -- up right now. There -- heart and soul. Their dedication. Their sense of duty. Is. At one to -- every single one of the folks who were in Kandahar right now. And I want you to know. When I was standing. On the steps of the capitol today it looking out over close to a million people. The single biggest cheer that I always -- And today it was no different -- my inauguration. Was when I spoke about. The extraordinary. Men and women in uniform the preserve our freedom. And keep our country strong. -- -- -- -- -- Every single day we are thinking of you. We're gonna make sure that. You've got the equipment the strategy. The mission that allows you to succeed. And keep. Our country's -- -- know that we are going to be looking after and thinking about your families. Every single day and that when you get back home. You're gonna be greeted by a grateful nation. You'll be on our minds tonight. And every single fight until our mission in Afghanistan has completed their but please -- Our comrades. And play is all it did live. Our very best and their families back home because I know it's just as -- if -- tougher for them. -- to see you in harm's way and away from the family. God bless you god bless the United States of America.

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