U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the annual Naval Academy Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium May 22, 2009 in Annapolis, Maryland. Obama delivered commencement address to the 1036 graduates of the class of 2009.
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June 2, 2016 2:26 PM EDT

President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at the US Naval Academy on May 22, 2009. Obama praised the military and its effectiveness in his speech.

“These Americans have embraced the virtues that we need most right now: self-discipline over self-interest; work over comfort; and character over celebrity,” the president said. “After an era when so many institutions and individuals have acted with such greed and recklessness, it’s no wonder that our military remains the most trusted institution in our nation.”

Here are the full remarks from Obama’s speech on the US Naval Academy’s campus in Annapolis, Maryland.

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