Barack Obama sends message to Expo Milan 2015

During Independence Day party.

The Fourth of July Independence Day celebration at the US pavilion in Milan’s Expo had a surprise visitor: President Barack Obama sent a video message to congratulate the people of Milan and Italy on hosting Expo Milan 2015.

The ceremony opened in the morning with the flag-raising and national anthems played by a military band. Leading the US delegation was Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture USDA. The opening ceremony was followed by a parade along the Decumano, starring the Trojans - the marching band from the University of Southern California, along with the USC cheerleaders.

Part of the day’s proceeds were donated to Save the Children, which participated in the festivities.

Here is the text of President Obama’s message, shown in the video below:

By the year 2050, the world’s population is projected to surpass nine billion people. Nine billion of us. Every one of us deserves the opportunity to put good, safe and healthy food on our table. As the world’s population grows, we have to work together to create a sustainable food system, and to improve the agriculture, nutrition and health of people around the globe.

This is one of the most important challenges of our time. That’s why we’ve made it a priority in the United States to increase food security everywhere. This means improving agriculture, promoting healthy eating habits, and combating climate change, so that families around the world have access to healthy food, and communities can lift themselves out of poverty.

Welcome to the future we’re working to create. Join us in building a world where all nine billion of us have a chance to thrive.

Ciao, and congratulations to the people of Italy and Milan on hosting the 2015 World Expo. Welcome to the USA pavilion, where we’re proud to showcase contributions and innovations America is making to a central part of daily life all over the world: the food we eat.