Transcript for President Obama's Naval Academy Commencement Speech
tonight, and some forceful words from president obama, delivered as part of a commencement address today. He offered an inspiring message for the graduates, along with a call to action for the american armed forces. And son't to, I want to bring in jonthan karl. Jon, good evening. Reporter: David, the president has taken an intense, personal interest in this issue, calling it shameful and disgraceful, even a threat to national security. And that was the message he took today, directly to those graduates of the naval academy. Those that commit sexual assault are not only committing a crime, they threaten the trust and discipline that makes our military strong. That's why we have to be determined to stop these crimes. Jon, what is he trying to accomplish here? Reporter: Well, what he's trying to accomplish is to say, this is a top priority to the president of the united states. As he said last week, when he had the military leaders here to the white house to talk about it, to the victims of sexual assault in the military, the commander in chief has your back.
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