(USA Features) President Joe Biden disparaged U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates on Wednesday as “dull” after they failed to clap following his commencement address.
Biden was talking about how important the sea service is in times of conflict when one of his expected applause lines fell flat on the graduates.
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“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,’” he said.
“You’re a really dull class,” Biden added, going on to rest 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.”
Finally, the graduates did clap.
“All kidding aside, being here together is a victory in and of itself — an important mark in the progress we’ve made to turn the tide of this pandemic,” Biden continued.
“You’re the most progressive, best educated, least prejudiced, most open generation in American history,” he said. “We need you badly. You’re ready. It’s time to get underway.”