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    stage was the student response to the moment when I spoke about asking questions. There was a loud response to that line, and one I did not anticipate.

    Matt Lauer was in the audience and I ad libbed the part about there being "some people in the room who understand the power of a good question" as I looked directly at him.

    After, while the graduates were actually doing their walking, I snuck over to him and this happened:

    EP: "I hope it wasn't inappropriate to have singled you out for that line in the speech, but I wanted to recognize your being here without drawing too much attention to it. I respect your courage and candor when interviewing people who don't want to answer your questions, and that line just came to me as I was standing there, so I used it."

    ML: "Thank you, I appreciate what you said, and I hope these graduates understand it."

    EP: "If they don't now, they will someday."

    Then, during the closing music as I went up to grab my laptop and thank the booth A/V guy, ML was jogging across the lobby to beat the crowd, stopped, came over and shook my hand again and we thanked each other once more. Then, he was out the door and so was I.

    Rogues are preferable to imbeciles because they sometimes take a rest. - Alexandre Dumas

    by elropsych on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 05:45:34 AM PDT

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