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Public Papers - 1991

Remarks Upon Receiving an Honorary Degree From Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey


Thank you all very much. This is indeed for me an honor. And the last time, save one, that I was on this campus, I was not treated quite so hospitably. [Laughter] It was out at the baseball diamond, I think in 1948. Crowded along the first baseline -- it was very hostile, the way it worked in Princeton -- were a bunch of hyperventilating, celebrating alumni.

And I remember standing there at first base, and a gigantic tiger -- I think his name was Neil Zundel -- came to the plate. He lofted an easy fly towards Yale's first baseman, me. And as I reached for the ball, the guy just sheer bowled me over -- [laughter] -- to the cheers of the Princeton alumni. [Laughter]

I was hurt, my pride was hurt. But P.S., Yale won the ball game. [Laughter]

So, how lovely today it is, though. And I view this degree as a very high honor from an institution for which I have unlimited respect. It is a great privilege for Barbara and me to be up with you today. I hear the rites of spring over my shoulder out there, but it wouldn't be normal in my job if we didn't hear those rites chanting out there. But I hope I bring peace and tranquility to your campus because you bring great joy to our heart, my formerly fibrillating heart.

Thank you very much.

Note: The President spoke at 10:35 a.m. in the faculty room of Nassau Hall. A tape was not available for verification of the content of these remarks.

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