I was one of the lucky ones, who got to shake his hand.
Carter saw Baldwin County on my name tag that day and stopped to speak with me.
He wanted to know how people were doing after the rash of storms that struck Alabama that year.
Carter was kind and compassionate; he held the most powerful job in the world but he had not sacrificed any of his humanity.
I felt proud that he was president. And I felt proud that he was from the South.
In the space of a week, I had come face to face with two men who guaranteed themselves a place in history.
They came from the same region. They were from the same political party.
They were both governors of adjoining states. But they looked at the world in very different ways.
It was clear to me, that one was right, and one was wrong.
Wallace had built his political career by exploiting divisions between us.
Carter's message on the other hand, was that we are all bound together, every one of us.
Each had made a journey that led them to the values that they lived by, but it wasn't just about their experiences or their circumstances, it had to come from within.
My own journey in life was just beginning. I hadn't even applied for college yet at that point.
For you graduates, the process of discovering yourself, of inventing yourself, of reinventing yourself is about to begin in earnest.
It's about finding your values and committing to live by them.
You have to find your North Star. And that means choices. Some are easy. Some are hard. And some will make you question everything.
Twenty years after my visit to Washington, I met someone who made me question everything.
1.speak with 和…谈话
例句：May I speak with your daughter?
2.face to face 面对面
例句：Perhaps on the other side of eternity, when I see God face to face.
3.political career 政治生涯
例句：His election to the presidency climaxed his political career.
4.in earnest 认真的
例句：While you work, you should work in earnest.