President Joe Biden was today the first speaker at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2022. at the graduation ceremony in Annapolis, Md.
“The academy has taught you to be a leader, a word that is easy to throw away but difficult to implement. In choosing the academy, you chose no easier path … You chose trials and sacrifices. [to] to be part of a mission that is bigger than anyone, ”Biden said.
According to him, the most important lesson in leadership is “always, always take care of our people and respect everyone’s power to be inclusive.”
The navy and Marine Corps draw on all the power and diversity of the nation, he said.
“You will face unforeseen challenges. You will have to adapt. You are ready to lead your people through everything that awaits in the future,” he said, referring to changes in new technologies, global warming, pandemics and inflation.
Another challenge the world faces, Biden said, is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is not only trying to take over Ukraine, but is actually trying to destroy Ukrainian culture and identity by attacking schools, kindergartens and hospitals. [and] museums whose goal is only to destroy culture, ”Biden said.
Biden spoke of the importance of alliances and partnerships, citing NATO as an alliance that protects Europe and mentions a quadrangle – the United States, Australia, Japan and India – that supports democracy and freedom of navigation.
“Western foreign policy has been built on the power to work with allies and partners to solve problems that are greater than we can do alone and to maintain stability,” he said.
“This great academy has prepared you to face every challenge and overcome any obstacles. You are ready. I wish you gentle winds and sea because I know you will always remain faithful,” Biden summed up.
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