Obama: Fight on terror goes on
May 18th, 2011
04:25 PM ET

Obama: Fight on terror goes on

NEW LONDON, Connecticut (CNN) - President Barack Obama reiterated his administration's warning Wednesday that Osama bin Laden's death does not mean an end to the U.S. war against al Qaeda and other extremist organizations, telling a group of graduating U.S. Coast Guard cadets that "the hard work of protecting our country ... goes on."

The "terrorist leader who attacked America on 9/11 will never threaten America again," Obama said. "We will never waver in the defense of this country we love."

The president made his remarks during the 130th commencement for the Coast Guard Academy. Obama's speech was his third to a service academy graduating class since becoming commander in chief.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano joined the president for the occasion.

"Our American journey has always been propelled by a spirit and strength that sets us apart," Obama said. "When tough times inevitably come ... we remember our moral compass (and recall) that we're all in this together."

He said, "Here in America anything is possible. We each do our part, knowing that we have navigated rough seas before and will do so again."

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  1. John

    Just great – the freakin guy is taking up sailing now? How many more hobbies he need to avoid work? Maybe the tax cheat, Kerry, will teach him how to sail on the 7 million dollar "boat" he has – or is it his wifes?

    May 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  2. Howard

    OBAMA: Fight against TERROR ... or, rather: 'man caused disasters' goes on. Obama speak does not permit the word terrorism, or Islamic terrorism to be used, however when he killed Bin Laden, I think he killed a terrorist ???

    May 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  3. Yellow Jacket

    What planet are you living on?

    May 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  4. Andrew Lavallee

    Let's clear some things up here. First of all, why is everyone so angry with Obama's position? All he simply stated was that nation of Israel needs to stop their radical expansion in the West Bank and Gaza for there to be any chance of success for peace in the Middle East. He never said that we no longer support Israel, he never said we supported the radical terror groups, and he most definantly did not say he supported cutting off Israel's protection. All he said was in order for the peace process to work Israel must keep it's word and stop this radical expansion. Why do you think the Palistinians are so angry? If your new next door neighbor suddenly built a pool right in your back yard, but refused to let you use it even though it's on your land, wouldn't you too be just a little pissed? I'm not saying what Hamas has done to Israel is right, becuase there is no excuse for the treachorus acts they have cuased. But if you finally had a chance to make Israel keep its word, and gain the support of the Palistinians, all while keeping Israel secure, wouldn't you leap for the chance? Or would you rather leave things as they are, and have the fighting continue, let gas prices skyrocket, and more people die becuase we were too foolish and stupid to say what was right for a change. Times are tough, and I'm glad Obama was finally willing to stand up and say no to the insanity that has continued on both sides for way too long.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Andrew Lavallee; Thankyou for that well worded response about Israel and US relations, in reference to PRESIDENT OBAMA'S speech. I know I listened to it and I didn't hear him say anything that could have ppossibly been construed into...'OBAMA has thrown ISRAEL under the bus'. Whatever the man could have said or what other suggestions he would have made would fall on pessimistic, controversy stirring ears and lips anyway. Eve NETANYAHU tried to ignore or trip him on a statement or two of the speech!

    May 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm |