President Joe Biden criticized U.S. Coast Guard graduated who failed clap during his speech at the academy’s commencement on Wednesday in Connecticut.
“I can only assume that you will enjoy educating your family about how the Coast Guard is ‘the hard nucleus around the Navy forms in times of war,’” the president said.
“You’re a really dull class,” he added, resting his elbows on the podium. “I mean, come on, man. Is the sun getting to you? I would think you’d have an opportunity when I said that about the Navy, you’d clap.”
The audience followed with clapping.
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Biden also complimented the hard work of the Coast Guard in his commencement speech.
“You’re the most progressive, best educated, least prejudiced, most open generation in American history,” the president said.
“We need you badly. You’re ready. It’s time to get underway.”
The full speech is available below.