Barack Obama's 'Happy Birthday' serenade for 18-year-old daughter Malia

Barack Obama knows all of his jobs well, from his eight years as president of the United States to that of being a dad - a gig he'll have for life. So in the spirit of a dad's duty "to embarrass his daughters," the first father made a special performance at his last Fourth of July party.

On Monday (July 4), the US leader held a White House concert for military families in celebration of America's Independence Day - but he also put the spotlight on his elder daughter Malia, who coincidentally was celebrating her 18th birthday.


Barack Obama singing to daughter Malia
Barack Obama serenaded daughter Malia with a rendition of "Happy Birthday"

"Just because it's the job of a father to embarrass his daughters, I've got one last job," the president announced at the end of his speech. "It just so happens that we celebrate our country's birthday on the same day that we celebrate my oldest daughter's birthday."

The proud 54-year-old then led the audience in a rendition of Happy Birthday to Malia, who later joined her dad on stage for a celebratory hug.

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For the second year running, the White House was forced to abandon plans for a picnic on the South Lawn because of the rain, and the party was instead moved indoors.

Not that the weather dampened spirits. Guests were treated to performances by rapper Kendrick Lamar and singer Janelle Monae, and the night concluded with a spectacular fireworks display.

In his heartfelt address, President Obama paid tribute to the members of the armed forces. "We all know that our freedoms are dependent on an incredible group of men and women in uniform and their families who look out for us every single day.

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Monday marked President Obama's last Fourth of July party before he leaves office

"For those in our military who could not attend, we just want to say how much we admire, respect and appreciate everything you do to The story of American independence is "something that we have to fight for every single day," he added. "It involves us respecting each other. And it involves us recognising that there are still people in this country who are going hungry - and they're not free because of that.fight for our freedom every single day."

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