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Remarks: Joe Biden Presents the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the USMA - May 6, 2024

  • Joe Biden
    Person
  • Jeff Monken
    Person
  • Jimmy Ciarlo
    Person
  • Pat Ryan
    Person
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Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:06 (7 sec)
Well, good afternoon. Please -- please have a seat. 1

Joe Biden

Positive
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Well, I can -- you can tell the Academy grads in the audience; they got bigger grins on their faces -- [Audience member calls out "Go Army"] 2

Joe Biden

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-- than the others. [Laughs] 3

Joe Biden

Very Positive
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Well, welcome. Welcome. We are here today to celebrate a tough team, a storied football program, this year's Commander-in-Chief Trophy winners: The Army Black Knights. [Applause] 4

Joe Biden

Very Positive
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I'm impressed with your generosity, General. [Laughter] 5

Joe Biden

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It was an honor to have so many friends and fans with us here today. They include Secretary of Defense Austin, a proud West Point grad himself. You can clap. [Applause] 6

Joe Biden

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The Secretary of the Army, Christine Wormuth. Christine, where are you? There you are. [Applause] 7

Joe Biden

Very Positive
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who's smiling anyway, C.Q. Brown -- [laughter] -- Air Force. [Applause] He's an Air Force guy, but he's the best. And I was so hon- -- not to try to rub this in too much. 8

Joe Biden

Very Positive
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But I also welcome Representative Stanford Bishop -- Sanford Bishop. Representative Burt -- where -- where is Brett? You here? There you are, Brett Guthrie. Good to see you, Brett. [Applause] 9

Joe Biden

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Representative Pat Ryan. 10

Pat Ryan

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How you doing, sir? 11

Joe Biden

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Pat, how are you, pal? 12

Pat Ryan

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Beat Navy! [Applause] 13

Joe Biden

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I ain't protecting you, man. You're on your own. [Laughter] 14

Joe Biden

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And Representative Steve Womack. [Applause] 15

Joe Biden

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We're also joined by Army's football's biggest fans: Bill and Steve of the radio show "Crawdad's Countdown to Kickoff." [Applause] Fellas, thanks for making the trip from Alabama. [Audience member calls out "Go Army"] 16

Joe Biden

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[Laughs] And we finally have Coach Jeff Monken who -- who has once again led the Bla- -- Black Knights back to the White House again. 17

Joe Biden

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Where are you, Coach? [Applause] I'll make sure you -- 18

Joe Biden

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And some folks here know, over the past few seasons, the coach has restarted the old Army football tradition. Every time the team takes the field, they now carry the gold and black flag with a skull and crossbones. This flag represents everything the Black Knights stand for: toughness, tenacity, camaraderie, accountability. And you all certainly demonstrated that, Coach. 19

Joe Biden

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Over the course of this season, you faced setbacks, doubts, and uncertainties. Critics counted you out, but you never gave up. You never quit. Game by game, play by play, you ground it out together. 20

Joe Biden

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You beat Air Force, who was undefeated until you played them, forcing six turnovers and winning by 20 points. [Applause] 21

Joe Biden

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A month later, you beat Navy -- [applause] -- second year in a row. 22

Joe Biden

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Today, you're taking home West Point's 10th Commander-in-Chief Trophy. You should be very proud. 23

Joe Biden

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And I want you to know I'm proud of you, too, not just for the wins, but -- not just for those forced turnovers; although they're impressive, Coach -- but because every game, after you hang up that uniform, you immediately put on another uniform: one representing the United States of America. 24

Joe Biden

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Everyone -- everyone on this stage stepped up to serve, to lead, to join the long line of American servicemen, each a link in a chain of honor in America. 25

Joe Biden

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You represent the very best of who we are as Americans, and I'm confident that in the years to come you will be willing to do -- to see -- you'll see the same toughness, tenacity, and camaraderie, and accountability to our country that you brought to the field in every single game. 26

Joe Biden

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Now, many of these cadets are going to have to hear me twice, so I'm going to make this shorter than usual, because I'm -- I'm getting a -- I'll have the honor of speaking again at West Point's commencement. 27

Joe Biden

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So, let me just close with one brief final thought: Go Army. [Audience responds "Beat Navy"] [Applause] 28

Joe Biden

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I occasionally used to root for another club until my son joined the United States Army, spent a year in Iraq, became a major, won the Bronze Star and a few other things. And so, I wasn't even allowed to mention any other team ever -- [laughter] -- ever. 29

Joe Biden

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Well, God bless you all. May God protect our troops. And, Coach, over to you. 30

Jeff Monken

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Thank you, sir. [Applause] 31

Jeff Monken

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Thank you, Mr. President and distinguished guests. On behalf of our superintendent, Lieutenant General Steve Gillen; our command- -- our commandant of cadets, Major General Lori Robinson; our academic -- our academic dean, Brigadier General Shane Reeves; our director of athletics, Mr. Mike Buddie; the United States Corps of Cadets; the Long Gray Line of West Point graduates; and the nearly 1 million men and women who serve our nation as members of the U.S. Army, Army Reserves, and Army National Guard, the Army football team is honored to accept the most coveted trophy in all of college football, the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. [Applause] 32

Jeff Monken

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We're grateful -- 33

Joe Biden

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I want to know who the hell is going to carry it home. [Laughter] 34

Jeff Monken

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I carried it in here. I'll get -- I'll take care of it, sir. [Laughter] 35

Jeff Monken

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We're grate- -- we are grateful for your invitation to the White House and for welcoming the members of America's team as your guests here today. 36

Jeff Monken

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This is a team of tough, talented players and a team of gritty, intense fighters. And just as they battled to finish the season with four straight victories, including wins over rivals Air Force and Navy, as you had mentioned, to claim the service academy dominance in winning the CIC Trophy, these warfighters will lead our nation's sons and daughters to victory on other fields on other days. 37

Jeff Monken

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With us today are 48 soon-to-be-commissioned cadets who will later this month earn their diplomas, graduates of the world's preeminent leadership institution, the United States Military Academy. Soon after, they will enter the profession of arms prepared to lead and fight our nation's wars. 38

Jeff Monken

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Joining them today on the stage is the rest of our team, underclassmen who, in the next few years, will join these soon-to-be graduates as officers in the Army. 39

Jeff Monken

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Mr. President, these young men and women embody the values of duty, honor, country, and they represent the best our nation has to offer. 40

Jeff Monken

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We're incredibly proud to be here and grateful to you for this tremendous honor. On, bro- -- on, Brave Old Army Team. And beat Navy. 41

Jeff Monken

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Thank you, sir. [Applause] 42

Jeff Monken

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We got something for you. 43

Jeff Monken

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Sir, I'm going to call Cadet First Class Jimmy Ciarlo, who's one of our team captains, Ringwood, New Jersey, to present you with one of our game-worn jerseys from the Army-Navy victory. [Applause] 44

Jeff Monken

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[The President is presented with a United States Military Academy Black Knights jersey] [Applause] 45

Joe Biden

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[The President holds up the jersey] What do you think? [Applause] 46

Jeff Monken

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Perfect. 47

Joe Biden

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I want to -- got to make sure you get my number right. [Laughter] 48

Joe Biden

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It's a great honor. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 49

Joe Biden

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What year are you? 50

Jimmy Ciarlo

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I'm a senior. 51

Joe Biden

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See you at graduation. 52

Jimmy Ciarlo

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Sounds good, sir. Thank you. 53

Joe Biden

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[Inaudible] [Laughter] 54

Joe Biden

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Well, thank you all very much. And, by the way, are your par- -- any parents here? [Inaudible] And to all the spouses of the guys running the show, God love you. 55

Joe Biden

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Thank you, thank you, thank you. 56

Joe Biden

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Guys, thank you very much. 57

Jeff Monken

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Thank you, sir. Beat Navy. [Applause] 58