Charles Krauthammer, Fox New’s contributor, commenting on President Obama’s West Point commencement speech said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier”,
“This is a graduation speech for West Point,” he said. “It was not a place where you — you know, you want to be inspiring the future officers of America, it isn’t a place to answer your critics or to go point by point against all the attacks on him. And he set out this ridiculous contrast between extreme isolationism on the one hand, and extreme, almost a caricature of intervention, on the other hand.”
Obama also said there are those, “. . . interventionists from the left and right” [who argue that] “America’s failure to act in the face of Syrian brutality or Russian provocations… invites escalating aggression in the future.”
As IJReview.com points out that Obama’s speech “. . . has been slammed as being less ‘Commander in Chief’ and more ‘policy wonk playing defense. The proof, in my opinion, is in the response of the West Point cadets.
President Obama garnered a standing ovation from about twenty five percent of the audience who came to observe the West Point commencement exercises, receiving only tepid applause from the graduates, their families, and friends.
Contrast the two speeches and decide for yourself. President Obama’s speech on May 28th at the West Point Military Academy:
In President George W. Bush’s last address at the U.S. Military Academy, 2002, he noted, “There are many honors that come with the presidency. But none higher than serving as Commander and Chief in the greatest armed forces on earth.”
We miss you, President Bush.