Obama Speaks at Air Force Graduation

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • President Barack Obama speaks at graduation ceremony for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23, 2012. Obama called the academy's class of 2012 "exceptional" for the spirit embodied in its class motto: "Never Falter, Never Fail."  U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan
  • President Barack Obama congratulates Air Force Cadet 1st Class Timothy Jefferson on graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy during the graduation ceremony at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23, 2012. Jefferson was the starting quarterback for the Air Force Falcons football team. U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan
  • President Barack Obama receives a gift from senior ranking cadets after delivering the commencement address to the U.S. Air Force Academy's class of 2012 at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan
  • President Barack Obama speaks with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz after delivering the commencement speech for the U.S. Air Force Academy's graduation ceremony at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23, 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan
  • President Barack Obama congratulates Air Force Cadet 1st Class Madison Chilton during the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23, 2012. Chilton, the daughter of Air Force Brig. Gen. Catherine A. Chilton, the mobilization assistant to the academy's superintendent, is one of a record 237 women to graduate as part of the ccademy's class of 2012. U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan