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:
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) May 17, 2017
"Something's happening all the time with the United States Coast Guard."
— Duncan (@timesifeelMEGA) May 17, 2017
Speaking to US Coast Guard grads, Pres. Trump talks about how he won't talk about how much he's saved them on F-35 fighter jet costs.
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) May 17, 2017
Trump telling CG cadets that he won't even say how much he's saving them on F-35, Ford carriers. Note that Coast Guard operates neither
— Jacqueline Feldscher (@jacqklimas) May 17, 2017
Petty sure he doesn't know who he's talking to…he's conflating USCG with USN in some places, military at large in others…
— Konstantin Toropin (@KToropin) May 17, 2017
Trump tells Coast Guard graduates that the media has been unfair to him
— Michael Tackett (@tackettdc) May 17, 2017
After several minutes of talking about Coast Guard, Trump turns to himself: "Look at the way I've been treated lately."
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) May 17, 2017
This is what President Trump told U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates in a commencement address pic.twitter.com/HDHnmi0Ufs
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 17, 2017
Trump — speaking to Coast Guard cadets proud of their own accomplishments — is now running through his own.
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) May 17, 2017
Trump: "Things happen to you that you do not deserve and are not always warranted. But you have to put your head down and fight fight fight"
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) May 17, 2017
even a service academy commencement speech becomes a vehicle for his grudges, victimhood and vanity. He is our disgrace.
— Mark Salter (@MarkSalter55) May 17, 2017
Trump at USCG commencement making it about him: "The people understand what I'm doing.."
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 17, 2017
Curious how Coast Guard grads, many of whom will actually be called on to risk their lives, took this message. https://t.co/NYmcT4FTGu
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 17, 2017
POTUS: "Enjoy your life"
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) May 17, 2017
Fair winds and following seas, Coast Guard Academy class of 2017!