Obama to Speak at Naval Academy Graduation

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US President Barack Obama presents a diploma to a student during the graduation ceremony at the US Naval Academy in 2009. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama presents a diploma to a student during the graduation ceremony at the US Naval Academy in 2009. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — A day after laying out his counterterrorism vision, President Barack Obama is addressing future military leaders who could help carry it out in a speech to U.S. Naval Academy graduates.

It’s a tradition for presidents to speak at the commissioning ceremony for the academy in Annapolis, Md., about 30 miles from the White House. The academy says 16 presidents have addressed graduates and Obama is the sixth president to do so twice. His first address there was four years ago.

Obama spoke earlier this month to graduates at Ohio State University and Morehouse College, an all-male, historically black school in Atlanta.

On Thursday at the National Defense University, Obama defended his controversial drone strikes program and renewed his push to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility.

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