Obama, first lady headline salute to troops

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the men and women who voluntarily go into harm's way to keep the country safe and protect its freedoms deserve the respect and admiration of a grateful nation.

Obama commented Thursday night as he opened a musical tribute to "American patriots" — service members, veterans and their families.

Obama says that no matter what type of music Americans listen to, they are united in their respect and admiration for their nation's men and women in uniform.

The program is the latest installment of the PBS series "In Performance at the White House" and is being taped inside a large tent on the South Lawn of the White House.

It is scheduled to be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide.