07/05/2012 11:59 am ET | Updated Jul 08, 2012

Marine Corps Band Plays Mitt Romney Campaign Song At White House Event

Members of the Marine Corps band created what reporters described as an "awkward moment" at the White House on Wednesday, when they played a song usually reserved for President Barack Obama's rival, Mitt Romney.

While providing a soundtrack to the White House's Independence Day festivities, the band struck up Rod Atkins' "It's America," a walkout song used by the Romney campaign. The Hill flags the line from the pool report.

While the song's presence at the event may have been somewhat unusual, it appears that its patriotic tone was shared by Obama, who was spotted wearing a red, white and blue cowboy hat.

Earlier in the day, Obama saluted troops who were gathered for the celebration, thanking "this generation of heroes" for their service and sacrifice.

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