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RUSH: I’ve got to play two sound bites. This is one of the greatest stories. Two kids from Maryland high school being recruited by Nebraska University. They fly out there; they go through the recruitment; they see the place. On their return flight home, in coach, is a black man, huge Nebraska fan, and they talk to him throughout the flight. They have no idea they’re talking to Justice Clarence Thomas. When they found out who it was, they went to their school, and they asked the school to have Clarence Thomas come give a speech, commencement speech, which he did. We have two sound bites here. Last night, Washington, DC, WRC-TV Channel 4, they did a report on this. It’s Terrence Stephens, the high school graduate here, his reaction to meeting Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

STEPHENS: I was amazed that this guy knew so much about us as football players and as people. And that was — that was — that was shocking in itself. So I was definitely — I felt honored to be known by somebody of his caliber and — and — and of his strength. But he was just a regular old guy. He was — I mean, he was sitting in coach, which really shocked me.

RUSH: Sitting in coach, just a regular old guy, knew all about them because he’s a Nebraska fan, knew they were being recruited. Now, Nebraska eventually did get one of these kids. Stanford, the other kid’s going to. I don’t know which one’s which. Here’s Justice Thomas and a portion of his address to the students.

THOMAS: These young men had no idea who I was when I formed my first impressions of them. To them, I was just another stranger. They were wonderful ambassadors for your school and for their fellow students.

RUSH: And that’s Justice Thomas doing the commencement speech that these two kids wanted him to give after they met him on the plane. For most of the trip back to Maryland they had no idea who they were talking to, but he knew that they were football players, that they’d been recruited by Nebraska, they were being looked at by Nebraska. He’s a huge Nebraska fan, he’s sitting back in coach, and you know what, aside from what’s obviously great about this story is, when the kids go back and ask the principal or whoever, get this guy to come speak, they did. That’s what’s amazing.

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