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Obama addressing Naval Academy graduates 2nd time

WASHINGTON (AP) - A day after laying out his counterterrorism vision, President Barack Obama is addressing future military leaders who could help carry it out in a speech to U.S. Naval Academy graduates.

It's a tradition for presidents to speak at the commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md., about 30 miles from the White House. The academy says 16 presidents have addressed graduates and Obama is the sixth to do so twice. He addressed 2009 graduates.

Another highlight of the Naval Academy graduation is off this year. The Navy's Blue Angles aerobatic team won't perform because of budget cuts due to a fight between Obama and congressional Republicans.

On Thursday at the National Defense University, Obama defended his controversial drone strikes program and renewed his push to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility.

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