The Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States and C-in-C of the Armed Forces Gives Commencement Speech at US Military Academy at West Point

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West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen briefs President Barack Obama prior to the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement in West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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President Barack Obama touches the Marshall Plaque at Michie Stadium upon arrival for the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement in West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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President Barack Obama and West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen participate in the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement ceremony at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement ceremony at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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Graduating cadets listen to President Barack Obama deliver the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement ceremony at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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Gavin White, a West Point graduate who lost a leg in Afghanistan, left, is recognized by President Barack Obama during his commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014. White came to the ceremony to watch his sister graduate. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement ceremony at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Graduating cadets stand during the presentation of diplomas at the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement ceremony at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets graduating cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement ceremony at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets graduating cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement ceremony at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Graduates toss their hats at the close of the commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement ceremony at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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President Barack Obama boards Marine One at the United States Military Academy at West Point landing zone for departure from West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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