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Remarks by the President at the Top Cops Ceremony (Don't make me laugh!)

...and then, just a few weeks ago obviously in Boston, our entire country saw once again the strong stuff that these men and women in uniform are made of -- police officers, first responders who were running towards explosions, not knowing if there was something more on the way -- law enforcement from different agencies and different parts of the country working together as one united team to identify suspects and bring them to justice and in a moment that few of us will ever forget, the citizens of Watertown, Massachusetts lining their streets to cheer on and high-five and hug the officers as they headed home after a job well done.

We don’t always get that opportunity to stand and applaud the men and women who keep us safe. But they're out there, hundreds of thousands of you, patrolling our streets every single day. And we know that when we need you most, you’ll be ready to dash into danger, to protect our lives even if it means putting your lives on the line. That's what these folks are all about. That's what the men and women standing behind me have proven -- their heart, their courage, their dedication.

And of course, as always, they're a humble group. They’ll tell you they're not heroes. They’ll say they were just doing their jobs. And today, we honor them as Top Cops because they’re half right. It’s true they were just doing their jobs. From the moment they swore in office -- swore an oath to serve with honor, from the first time they put on a uniform and pinned on a badge, they knew they might be called upon to do some really tough stuff. But I think that makes them more heroic, not less heroic, because they signed up for this. They volunteered and yet, continue day-in, day-out to dedicate themselves. And when the moment came, they were ready to respond.

Entire speech praising the Enforcers of Corporate/Political Police State:

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