It’s normal for the U.S. President to attend the graduation ceremonies at American military academies, however, President Trump found a way to seemingly one-up his predecessors.
At the U.S. Air Force Academy Commencement in Colorado Springs yesterday, the Commander in Chief followed his speech by shaking hands with all of the nearly 1,000 graduating cadets.
“They gave me a choice,” said Trump at the lectern. “They said, sir, you don’t have to shake any hands, some people do that. You can shake one hand, to the one person, top of the class. You can shake 10, 50 or 100, and you could also stay for 1,000. And I’m staying for 1,000, OK?” he said to an eruption of cheers from the audience.
The President’s speech was nothing but praise for the newest members of America’s military, albeit in somewhat unusual language.
“Thank you for raising rock-ribbed American patriots,” said Trump to the parents of the graduating cadets.
The POTUS also took the time to pardon a number of cadets under restriction due to “pranks and other fairly bad mischief”, as is customary at academy commencement ceremonies.