Guest post by Katie O’Malley
On Saturday December 01, 2016 the Navy Midshipmen (9-3) will take on the Army Black Knights (6-5) in the 117th Army-Navy game in Baltimore.
President-elect Donald J. Trump will be attending the game.
The only thing better than this is if Trump brings General James “Mad Dog” Mattis with him.
Army-Navy games are an annual pilgrimage for the last 8 years for me. It is an awe-inspiring experience, full of pageantry, flyovers and a stadium filled with Americans who aren’t afraid to belt out our anthem and, like me, shed a tear or two as the gravity of the the choices our Midshipmen and Cadets have made truly hit home.
It is a football game, but it is so much more. The field and the stands are filled with our future officers, their proud families, the veterans who came before them and grateful Americans like me (who also happen to love football.)
Today brings the news that President-Elect Donald Trump will be attending this Saturday’s 117th Army-Navy game in Baltimore. This may be a first, a President-Elect attending the game.
The last time President Obama could spare an afternoon for these young men was 2011. Biden attended in 2012.
What a way to begin his official duties! Honoring our future leaders, veterans and all of the Americans who love and respect them.
In keeping with Presidential tradition, Trump is expected to seat with the Cadets for the first half and move to the Midshipmen side for the second half.