President Obama’s birthday message to the Coast Guard

President Obama delivers 2011 Coast Guard Academy commencement speech

President Obama delivers the commencement speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

UPDATE: Paragraph one has been corrected to reflect that the Stratton will be the third of eight planned national security cutters and not the fifth.

President Obama has a special relationship with the Coast Guard. In addition to being our Commander-in-Chief, he shares a birthday with the nation’s oldest continuous naval service and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, is the sponsor of the third of eight planned national security cutters named for Capt. Dorothy Stratton.

We wish President Obama a happy 50th birthday and share with you his birthday letter to the Coast Guard as we celebrate our 221st anniversary.

President Obama's Coast Guard Day 2011 letter

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