President Joe Biden gives a kiss to his grandson Beau next to first lady Jill Biden during an Independence Day celebration at the White House
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President Joe Biden commiserated with pro-choice Americans during his remarks on Monday evening marking the Fourth of July, reminding the country that the US has always been a ‘work in progress.’ 

‘In recent days there’s been reason to think our country is moving backward, that freedom is being reduced,’ the president said. ‘That rights we assumed were protected are no longer.’

‘I know it can be exhausting and unsettling,’ Biden said, speaking to military families and standing alongside First Lady Jill Biden in the South Lawn. ‘But tonight, I want you to know: We’re going to get through all of this.’

Biden pointed out that in the country’s 245-year history, ‘the worst of our past has reached out and pulled us back on occasion,’ noting that freedoms are ‘under assault.’ 

Ten days ago the conservative-leaning Supreme Court rolled back federal abortion protections overruling the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade. 

Biden also seemingly touched on the Highland Park, Illinois shooting that occurred at a Fourth of July parade earlier in the day. 

‘You all heard about what happened today,’ the president said.  

‘And each day we’re reminded, there’s nothing guaranteed about our democracy, nothing guaranteed about our way of life and we have to fight for it, defend it,’ he then said. 

President Joe Biden gives a kiss to his grandson Beau next to first lady Jill Biden during an Independence Day celebration at the White House

President Joe Biden gives a kiss to his grandson Beau next to first lady Jill Biden during an Independence Day celebration at the White House

The President spoke during a Fourth of July celebration for military families on the South Lawn of the White House

The President spoke during a Fourth of July celebration for military families on the South Lawn of the White House

Biden seemingly touched on the Highland Park, Illinois shooting that occurred at a Fourth of July parade earlier in the day, saying: 'Each day we're reminded, there's nothing guaranteed about our democracy, nothing guaranteed about our way of life and we have to fight for it'

Biden seemingly touched on the Highland Park, Illinois shooting that occurred at a Fourth of July parade earlier in the day, saying: ‘Each day we’re reminded, there’s nothing guaranteed about our democracy, nothing guaranteed about our way of life and we have to fight for it’

'In recent days there's been reason to think our country is moving backward, that freedom is being reduced,' the president said. 'That rights we assumed were protected are no longer'

‘In recent days there’s been reason to think our country is moving backward, that freedom is being reduced,’ the president said. ‘That rights we assumed were protected are no longer’

President Joe Biden commiserated with pro-choice Americans during his remarks Monday evening marking the Fourth of July reminding the country that the US has always been a 'work in progress'

President Joe Biden commiserated with pro-choice Americans during his remarks Monday evening marking the Fourth of July reminding the country that the US has always been a ‘work in progress’ 

President Joe Biden spoke to military families and the nation from the South Lawn at the annual Fourth of July cook-out

President Joe Biden spoke to military families and the nation from the South Lawn at the annual Fourth of July cook-out 

President Joe Biden (left) and First Lady Jill Biden (right) arrive to speak at the Monday's Fourth of July celebration at the White House

President Joe Biden (left) and First Lady Jill Biden (right) arrive to speak at the Monday’s Fourth of July celebration at the White House 

President Joe Biden bows his head in prayer at the top of the Fourth of July program at the White House Monday

President Joe Biden bows his head in prayer at the top of the Fourth of July program at the White House Monday 

The president’s remarks weren’t all doom-and-gloom. 

He tried to tout the economy, saying that ‘with all the challenges, we have the strongest economy in the world.’

And he pointed to progress made in the pandemic. 

‘Look how far we’ve come,’ he said, noting, ‘reclaiming our way of life from the pandemic.’   

He pointed out to his guests that they were able to gather at the White House again. 

Biden hosted a Fourth of July celebration last year at the White House as well, but the Delta variant of Covid-19 stymied progress soon after.  

Earlier Monday, the president and first lady arrived back in Washington, along with son Hunter, his wife Melissa and baby Beau. 

They were returning from Camp David.  

The first family touched down as law enforcement hunted for the gunman who opened fire and killed at least six people in Highland Park. 

The president called the mass shooting ‘senseless’ and said there was ‘more work’ to do on gun reform in a statement released shortly after landing.

‘Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day, he said.

‘As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene. I have spoken to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, and have offered the full support of the Federal government to their communities. 

‘I also surged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time. Members of the community should follow guidance from leadership on the ground, and I will monitor closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who are in the hospital with grievous injuries. 

‘I recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform legislation in almost thirty years into law, which includes actions that will save lives. But there is much more work to do, and I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.

Hunter Biden’s appearance comes as top House Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, have vowed to pursue investigations into his business dealings if they take the majority in the House. 

In a July 1 op-ed for The New York Post, McCarthy and Reps. Jim Jordan and James Comer, wrote that Congressional Republicans’ investigation ‘have found Biden family members used their connections with Joe to enrich themselves through expectations of access and promises about what a Biden administration might do.’ 

President Joe Biden waves to reporters upon arriving back in Washington, D.C. Monday, he's accompanied by (from left) First Lady Jill Biden, Melissa Cohen, Hunter Biden, baby Beau Biden

President Joe Biden waves to reporters upon arriving back in Washington, D.C. Monday, he’s accompanied by (from left) First Lady Jill Biden, Melissa Cohen, Hunter Biden, baby Beau Biden

Hunter Biden (right) holds his wife Melissa Cohen's hand (left) as he carries baby Beau after spending the weekend away at Camp David with the president and first lady

Hunter Biden (right) holds his wife Melissa Cohen’s hand (left) as he carries baby Beau after spending the weekend away at Camp David with the president and first lady 

The members of the first family landed ahead of an Independence Day barbecue for veterans at the White House

The members of the first family landed ahead of an Independence Day barbecue for veterans at the White House 

President Joe Biden steps off Marine One Monday as he and his family returned from a weekend away at Camp David

President Joe Biden steps off Marine One Monday as he and his family returned from a weekend away at Camp David 

‘A Republican majority will be committed to uncovering the facts the Democrats, Big Tech and the legacy media have suppressed,’ the trio of GOP lawmakers said. 

Hunter Biden has been a top target of Congressional Republicans due to his business dealings in Ukraine and China while his father was serving as vice president. 

The president left Friday to spend a weekend with his family at Camp David, after recent trips to Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. 

On Monday morning to mark the Fourth, the president urged Americans to celebrate the ‘goodness’ of the nation.  

‘The Fourth of July is a sacred day in our country – it’s a time to celebrate the goodness of our nation, the only nation on Earth founded based on an idea: that all people are created equal,’ the president wrote. 

‘Make no mistake, our best days still lie ahead,’ he added. 

Biden’s tweet came as many travelers faced frustrating delays and flight cancelations through the holiday weekend, chaos being dubbed ‘Airmageddon.’ 

Inflation has also made traveling by car and hosting a barbecue more expensive. 

The president has paid for inflation in public opinion polls, with his Real Clear Politics polling average sitting at 38.4 per cent approval. 

Biden was also returning to the White House amid reports of another mass shooting –  with at least six killed in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park at a Fourth of July parade.  

First Lady Jill Biden (left) and President Joe Biden arrive at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. after spending the weekend away at Camp David. They'll host a cook-out for military families later Monday evening to mark the Fourth of July

First Lady Jill Biden (left) and President Joe Biden arrive at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. after spending the weekend away at Camp David. They’ll host a cook-out for military families later Monday evening to mark the Fourth of July  

President Joe Biden sent out a tweet Monday morning to mark the Fourth of July, saying it's a time for the 'goodness' of the U.S. to be celebrated

President Joe Biden sent out a tweet Monday morning to mark the Fourth of July, saying it’s a time for the ‘goodness’ of the U.S. to be celebrated

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