Chants of '4 More Years' for President Obama at White House Eid Celebration

White House hosted an Eid al-Fitr reception, attended by American Muslims.

"I especially want to speak to the young people who are here, to make sure that you know that we see you, that we believe in you," Obama said to a crowd of a couple hundred Muslim American officials, guests, and community members.

"And despite what you may sometime hear, you’ve got to know that you’re a valued part of the American family, and there’s nothing that you cannot do," he said.

Obama defended the patriotic role more than 5,000 Muslim Americans have played in serving the U.S. military, while also commending the many doctors, architects, community leaders, and police officers that identify as Muslim, including one athlete heading to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.

"You are the athletes that we cheer for, like American fencing champion Ibtihaj Muhammad, who is going to be proudly wearing her hijab when she represents America at the Rio Olympics," Obama said. "No pressure."

"This year, for my last year as President, I wanted to do something a little bit different, and I’m very proud to host this Eid celebration at the White House," Obama said.

Colorful headscarves littered the crowd, as 12-year-old Raahima Siddiqi of Virginia led off the remarks with an eloquent recitation of the Arabic prayer, Surah Fatiha, the first chapter in Islam’s holy book, the Quran.

Introducing Obama was Aisha Osman, 15, of Beaverton, Oregon, who was selected after Obama read a letter she sent him about her experiences as a young Muslim American.

“As an African-American Muslim, I’ve been called a terrorist and the N-word. What those people don’t know is that I am proud to be an American," Osman said. "I know I am the future of this country that I love."

Obama called her letter "heartbreaking."

"Now that’s a young American, full of promise, full of possibility, fearful because of her faith," he said during his remarks.

Chants of "four more years" rang out as Obama spoke about the "challenging times" the country is currently facing.

“No, no, no, Michelle is gonna come down and scold me,” he laughed.

“The champ taught us the most important thing in life is to be ourselves,” he said. Ali’s wife Lonnie, and six of their children were also in attendance.

Obama urged the crowd to reject hatred and discrimination, reiterating the need for Muslim Americans and "all Americans" to stand together and "look out for one another."

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