SPEECHES

Obama Salutes Naval Academy

President Obama gave another rousing commencement speech on Friday—his third in three weeks—and praised over 1,000 graduates of the United States Naval Academy. Addressing the crowd in Annapolis, the President said, “I will only send you into harm's way when it is absolutely necessary, and with the strategy, the well-defined goals, the equipment and the support you need.” He continued with high praise: “In an era when too few citizens answer the call to service—to community or country—these Americans chose to serve.” One familiar name on the program was John S. McCain IV, a fourth generation Academy graduate and son of the defeated Presidential candidate. John McCain sat in his front-row seat wearing a NAVY baseball cap and watched Obama present diplomas and hug the graduating midshipman.