Ah, service academy graduation! That wonderful springtime rite in which plebes become plebes no more, firsties drunkenly don cadet dress uniforms for the last time, and some old dignitary gives them a brief, rousing pep talk about the sacred duties they're about to undertake. Some grads get a secretary of defense or a vice president; some get the big cheese himself, the president of the United States, to tell them what a great thing they've done with their four years, and how much the uniformed forces will appreciate their commissioned service.
President Donald Trump gave his very first commencement address May 17, to the cadets of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. How'd he do? What was his message of honor and duty for these self-sacrificing ensigns-to-be? Let's check in with the veterans and reporters of Twitter:
Fair winds and following seas, Coast Guard Academy class of 2017!