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Obama’s war on July 4th: The perfect right-wing scandal

It's been almost ten years since Barack Obama first exploded onto the national stage in a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, but after three elections, two years in the Senate and five years in the White House, some people are still not convinced that the president of the United States is "pro-America" enough. At least that's what the latest mini-controversy lighting up conservative blogs and Fox News suggests.

"Obama Spends $100M on African Trip But Cancels Marines' July 4th Fireworks," the headline on FoxNation read. "Shocking! While Obama Funds Syrian Rebels, Military Bases Must Cut Fireworks Celebrations," another read. "Those funds would have covered every federal Fourth of July event nationwide with plenty left over for a president’s vacation [in Africa]," wrote Brent Bozell, whom allies call “a beloved and critically important player in American history." Fox gave the controversy airtime twice this week, also contrasting it with the spending on the presidential trip to Africa.

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