Well, I have had my chance to speak at graduation. I wrote my words of advice to graduates last year in a column on this site. I have shared those thoughts in many different venues including notes to graduates and speaking at Baccalaureate services. I have always enjoyed attending graduation and offering my congratulations.
Advice given was personalized to the graduates.
A handshake is appropriate.
A hug may be appropriate.
A high five could be acceptable.
However, I have never expressed my feelings in the way that the speaker of the graduation ceremony at the United States Air Force Academy did this past week. I have never felt it was appropriate to make faces, flex my "guns" and greet a graduate on stage with a flying chest bump.
Thank you Mr. President.
Yes, George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States, greeted one graduate with a flying chest bump following addressing the class on the serious issue of national security.
The United States Air Force Academy Class of 2008, the 50th graduating class of that fine institution, will never forget their graduation held this past week. And rightfully so. Their hard work over the last four years should be honored and recognized with the utmost respect. And in most cases, to be able to hear the leader of the free world give the address at your graduation. Wow, what an honor.
I'm privileged to know some of the cadets at the Academy and some of their recent grads. No one I have visited with thought the President actions this week were appropriate.
But seeing the actions of this President over the last 7 ½ years, two things are true.
1. We shouldn't have been surprised at what happened.
2. We won't ever have to see him addressed a distinguished class of graduates at the military academies as president ever again.
Ahh, term limits are a good thing.