Obama Greets A&M Cadets, Joined by Bush 41, Gates

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Following his speech at the Points of Light Institute event, President Barack Obama made a trip to address members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets.

Obama, Former President George H.W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made the trip to Duncan Dining Hall to greet the cadets.

The president thanked the Aggies for their service in the Corps, which he called a symbol of the fact that young people will make the country better.

"Your commander-in-chief draws inspiration from you," Obama said.

The president also had kind words for his defense secretary.

"Assuming some of continue your military careers, you may be also reporting to this guy," referring to Gates, the former president of A&M. "He had a little something to do with the Aggies a while back. Now he's just the secretary of defense and I am so glad to have him here."

Obama also thanked Bush for his service to the country.

"I'm honored to be joined by one of the greatest public servants we've ever had," Obama said, "somebody who served in World War II, then served on the civilian side and then served as the Commander-In-Chief."

The three shook hands and greeted many of the students gathered before departing. Reveille VIII, the A&M mascot, was also on hand to get a pet from the president.