WASHINGTON: The White House party for the July Fourth holiday has the hallmarks of both happiness and commiseration.
The crowds danced to a military band playing popular songs and whooped when President Joe Biden took the podium to speak.
The Washington Nationals’ four presidential mascots — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt — ran a footrace with Teddy winning.
Yet there was an undeniable sense of loss for participants such as Twanda Taylor, a New Jersey kindergarten teacher. She brought her godson, Nasir Dickerson, 14, who lost his father to Covid-19 on April 21, 2020.
“This is what it’s all about — bringing America all back together,” Taylor said. “It’s an honour to be here”, she added.