President Joe Biden insulted a class of Coast Guard Academy graduates during his commencement address on Wednesday, declaring to the group of cadets that they are ‘a really dull class’.
The President seemed to get increasingly frustrated throughout his speech as the cadets rarely clapped at his applause lines or laughed at his jokes. He urged them on several occasions to ‘stand up’ and ‘clap’, insisting that it was ‘okay’ to do so, bringing to mind former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s infamous plea to his audience to ‘please clap.’
The lack of enthusiasm came to a head less than 10 minutes into Biden’s address.
‘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,”‘ Biden said, referring to an old saying about the Coast Guard.
When that line failed to receive applause, the President chided the cadets.
‘You’re a — you’re a really dull class,’ he asserted. ‘I mean, come on, man! Is the sun getting to you? I would think you’d have an opportunity when I say that about the Navy, you would clap.’