A commencement speech and missed Air Force One landing behind him, President Obama was departing New London, Conn., this afternoon en route to two fundraisers in Boston and Brookline.
The president had a more than hourlong drive to Bradley International Airport before flying on to Logan International Airport.
The campaign events were preceded by the day's "official" appearance, the president's address to graduates of the US Coast Guard Academy. He noted they collectively had the highest GPA of any class in the academy's history.
He added: "Iím told that over these four years youíve also earned a reputation as a class that always had to wait. That includes waiting longer than any other first-year class in academy history for the privileges that you had earned. Iíve kept you waiting as well. So, in keeping with longstanding tradition, I hereby absolve all cadets serving restrictions for minor offenses."
After laughter and applause, "The superintendent reminded me that's 'minor' offenses."
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