I’m grateful to have known Father Tim Healy, who became President after we graduated and sadly died a month before my inauguration with a draft of my inaugural speech in his typewriter. In his honor I used my favorite line from it that the election had “forced the spring” in America. Black girl vertical poster. His protege and worthy successor, Jack DeGioia, has been uncommonly kind and welcoming. Our class produced three presidents, including Alfredo Cristiani, whom I did not know, and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, whom I knew and liked, as well as Prince Turki al Faisal, who served as Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the U.S. and U.K. and for 23 years as head of the foreign intelligence service including when I was President. We shared a summer school class together in 1967 that began our long friendship.
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Chances are good most of you feel the way I do: we made friends for life that enriched, even enabled, the best of this half century, and made the worst more bearable. Black girl vertical poster. Tell them that when we gather. So what did it mean? I think it is unlikely that I could have been President had it not been for Georgetown. It is certain that I would not have understood as well the time I served or what was needed. And what do our Georgetown years tell us about today? As you all know, I have had a fortunate, improbable life. I give thanks every day for the 47 years I’ve shared with Hillary (our 43rd anniversary coming up), for the amazing daughter I love and admire, for the brilliant and good son-in-law that every daughter’s parents dream of, and my grandchildren, ages three and almost two, who any day now will be performing on Broadway and doing quadratic equations.