ANNAPOLIS | President Obama on Friday promised the U.S. Naval Academy's graduating class that he will not send them into combat unless absolutely necessary and will always make sure they are properly prepared and equipped, in an apparent swipe at the Bush administration and the Iraq war.
Capping a week in which national security disputes and controversy over his promise to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay engulfed his domestic agenda, Mr. Obama began the long Memorial Day weekend with an address to the 1,036 graduates who will be sent off to war as Navy and Marine officers.
The president made a vow to the graduates, seated on the artificial grass field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Field under a bright sun and blue sky, as he sent them out to confront what he called "the ever-changing threats of an ever-changing world."
"As long as I am your commander in chief, 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 that you need to get the job done," Mr. Obama said, to applause from the crowd of about 30,000 parents and friends of the graduates. [...] One of the graduating naval officers was John S. "Jack" McCain IV, the son of Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, who himself graduated from the Naval Academy, as did his father and his grandfather, both four-star admirals.
"A great day for Jack! 4th generation graduating from the Naval Academy," the senator wrote on his Twitter feed from the front row of the audience before the ceremony began. Mr. McCain's own time at Annapolis and his subsequent military career were key themes of his presidential campaign, a race he lost to Mr. Obama last year. (Full article @ The Washington Times.)
^ Too much hotness in one photo.
Video of the encounter:
Plus some more cute pics from the commencement:
SOURCE: Washington Times + Daylife.