Obama Delivers Coast Guard Commencement Speech

President Barack Obama speaking at the USCG Academy Commencement. Official White House/Video Capture.

TheDay.com: Addressing more than 200 new Coast Guard officers, President Obama said today (May 18) that the complex missions of the Coast Guard have never been more important.

Cadets file into Leamy Hall to take their seats at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony in New London, Conn., May 18, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Abroad, Obama said the nation needs the Coast Guard to partner with other nations and help them secure their ports, as well as protect the shipping lanes and combat piracy. At home, the Coast Guard needs to stop smugglers and prevent terrorists from slipping weapons into ports, he added.

Fifteen minutes into his commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy, Obama briefly mentioned the recent raid he ordered to kill Osama bin Laden. While the terrorist leader is no longer a threat, Obama said, “the hard work of protecting our country, the hard work goes on.”

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