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President Obama Strikes a Pose at Coast Guard Commencement

President Obama gamely obliged a Coast Guard cadet's request to join him in a "James Bond" pose.

He’s no Sean Connery or Daniel Craig. But President Obama gets points for honoring a graduating Coast Guard cadet’s request to strike a “James Bond” pose for the camera on the graduate’s big day. For the first selfie-era U.S. President during graduation season, fist pumps and thumbs-up poses with newly minted alums are all in a day’s work. He even looks like he might be having some fun grilling for the camera with cadet Ellie Wu.

President Barack Obama and a graduate put up their fists during commencement exercises at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., on May 20.KEVIN LAMARQUE / Reuters
Graduate Ellie Wu and President Obama give a thumbs-up.KEVIN LAMARQUE / Reuters