Happy Birthday, America! Pols Celebrate Independence Day

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1||1975: President Gerald Ford celebrates the Fourth of July by swimming in front of the press.

Here’s a look back at more politicians celebrating Independence Day, America style. ||Ford Library Museum&&

2||1996: President Bill Clinton talks with government biologist Craig Koppe about Freedom — the aptly-named American bald eagle who’d just been treated for a shoulder injury at the Baltimore Zoo. Clinton helped Koppe release Freedom back into the wild. ||Newscom/UPI&&

3||2007: Former President George H. W. Bush and Tiger Woods drive up to the first tee at the inaugural AT&T National PGA event at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. ||Newscom/UPI&&

4||2001: President George W. Bush passes out birthday cake at a block party in Philadelphia, as he stands arm in arm with Mayor John Street.||Whitehouse.gov&&

5||1986: President Ronald Reagan and the First Lady at the Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration.||NYC.gov&&

6||1971: House Speaker Carl Albert, President Richard Nixon and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger before the delivery of speeches opening the Bicentennial commemorations in the National Archives.||CC: The U.S. National Archives&&

7||2009: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch the fireworks over the National Mall from the White House.||Official White House photo by Pete Souza&&

8||1998: Eunice Shriver and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) attend the annual Kennedy Clam Bake in Hyannisport, MA. ||Newscom/Sipa&&

9||2007: President George W. Bush arrives for a speech at an air national guard base in Martinsburg, West Virginia.||Newscom/UPI&&

10||2003: Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) greets parade attendees in Amherst, New Hampshire, during the presidential campaign.||Newscom/PDI&&

11||2010: The Obamas wave to military families from the South Lawn balcony of the White House, as the President’s Marine Band stands below.||Newscom/Sipa&&

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