President Obama speaks before the start of the Soldier Ride D.C. 2012. Roughly 200 people attended the event on the White House's South Lawn, including members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
"You ride because you can, and you ride for those who can't," Mr. Obama said. "That's what this is all about." Mr. Obama also joked that the founder of the event, civilian Chris Carney, came up with the idea for Soldier Ride to raise awareness about the plight of soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq while working as a bartender in Long Island, NY.
Mr. Carney's idea was "better than most of the ideas that come out of bars" the president said to laughs. "At least that's been my experience."