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美国前总统克林顿霍华德大学演讲
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美国前总统克林顿霍华德大学演讲

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  In 2009, I was inducted as an honorary member of  Phi Beta Sigma, which was founded here 99 years ago. I’m not quite that old although I look like it some days….

  I am well aware that the commencement speech is the least important part of this day. I congratulate all of you who are here, your parents, your friends, your loved ones… But unlike almost every other person here who is older, I actually remember who gave my commencement speech 45 years ago next month. And I remember exactly what the speech was. We were like this on the lawn at Georgetown just across town. It started out to be a clear day, then and all of a sudden this huge storm cloud came over and the lightning began to dance in the sky. And a Howard graduate, the mayor of Washington D.C., Walter Washington, stood up at the podium as I am.  He looked at the sky, he looked at the shivering students and he said, “Congratulations. If we don’t get out of here, we’re all going to drown. If you want a copy of my speech, you write me and I’ll send you one. Good luck.” And off we went.

  Now what did I learn from that? The most successful commencement speeches are brief, and highly relevant. So wherever you are Mr. Mayor, thank you for the memory….

  We are all 99 and a half percent [genetically] the same. Now because of our ability to do genetic history we found interesting relatives, you know, which has made for funny things. Some of the people in Washington politicians over the last 10 years in their lineage have embarrassed them in terms of their current politics. But the most important thing is that we are all 99 and a half percent the same.  The other thing is before we get too arrogant about this, we all spend 99 and half percent of our time thinking about the half of a percent of us that is different. Don’t we?… The half a percent matters. It gave Einstein the biggest brain ever measured. He made pretty good use of it. It’s a good thing. That half a percent means LeBron James is hard to stop if he is driving for a basket. The half a percent matters. But so does the 99 and a half percent. And that’s why this service ethic counts. And when you leave here I want you to never to forget  for the rest of your life in the good times and bad that we live in an interdependent world and we’ve got to pull it together which means to be a good citizen you’ve got to something sometime for someone else because they are just like you are.