"I am absolutely confident that you will uphold the highest of standards." —President Obama to this year's Naval Academy graduates
"We need your moral courage—the strength to do what's right, especially when it's unpopular." —President Obama to Naval Academy graduates
Obama: "We need your courage—yes, the daring that tells you to move toward danger when every fiber of your being says to run the other way."
Obama to the Class of 2013: "I'm going to keep fighting to give you the equipment and support required to meet the missions we ask of you."
Obama: "You've proven yourselves morally—living a concept of honor and integrity. This includes treating one another with respect."
Obama to the Naval Academy's Class of 2013: "Today, each of you can take enormous pride, for you have met the mission of this Academy."
Obama: "Victory will be measured in parents taking their kids to school; immigrants coming to our shores; fans taking in a ballgame."
Obama: "Our victory against terrorism won't be measured in a surrender ceremony on a battleship, or a statue being pulled to the ground."
Obama: "There is no justification beyond politics for Congress to prevent us from closing a facility that should never have been opened."
Obama: "The use of force must be seen as part of a larger discussion we need to have about a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy."
Obama: "America does not take strikes to punish individuals—we act against terrorists who pose a continuing and imminent threat."
Obama: "We must define our effort not as a boundless ‘global war on terror'—but rather as a series of persistent, targeted efforts."
"We must make decisions based not on fear, but hard-earned wisdom." —President Obama on our approach to fighting terrorism
"Now is the time to ask ourselves hard questions—about the nature of today's threats, and how we should confront them." —President Obama
Obama: "We unequivocally banned torture, affirmed our commitment to civilian courts, worked to align our policies with the rule of law."
Obama: "For over two centuries, the United States has been bound together by founding documents that defined who we are as Americans."
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