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Biden Tells Unamused U.S. Coast Guard Graduates They Are ‘Really Dull’

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President Joe Biden spoke at the U.S. Coast Guard graduation, where he told the graduates they are “dull” for not clapping at a purported joke of his.


While speaking at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement ceremony Wednesday, President Joe Biden scolded the class for not clapping.

“You are a really dull class,” Biden said. “Come on, man. Is the sun getting to you? I would think you’d have an opportunity when I say that about the Navy to clap. To be here together.”

Biden was attempting to make a joke about how the Coast Guard is what keeps the Navy in check. The graduates then provided an applause once the president showed a bit of insecurity. Later in the speech, Biden seemed to forget the name of a lieutenant commander.

Several years ago, Biden pulled a similar stunt. A video emerged last year of him telling U.S. service members they are “dull” and “stupid bastards” at a military base in Abu Dhabi, Arab Emirates in 2016.

“Clap for that, you stupid bastards,” Biden told the service members when it was silent. Then, Biden appears to tell the individuals in attendance they were “a dull bunch” and “must be slow.” At the time, a Biden campaign spokesman told The Daily Beast he was just joking.

“Vice President Biden was jokingly encouraging the audience to clap for an airwoman on the stage, and a number of service members can be seen laughing and smiling at the comment. Seconds before, he praised them for ‘the incredible sacrifices [they] make for our country,” campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said. “He thanked them for their patriotism and courage throughout, and closed his remarks by saying, ‘you’re the finest generation of warriors the world has ever, ever known’—receiving an enthusiastic ovation.”