Thank you dear friends, from the bottom of my heart,for such a loving and spirited welcome, and thank you,Mr President, for your kind invitation to me which I amso honored to accept. I also want to express a specialthanks to you Shmuley, who for 11 years served asRabbi here at Oxford. You and I have been working sohard to form Heal the Kids, as well as writing our bookabout childlike qualities, and in all of our efforts youhave been such a supportive and loving friend. And I would also like to thank Toba Friedman, ourdirector of operations at Heal the Kids, who is returning tonight to the alma mater where sheserved as a Marshall scholar, as well as Marilyn Piels, another central member of our Heal the Kidsteam.
I am humbled to be lecturing in a place that has previously been filled by such notable figures asMother Theresa, Albert Einstein, Ronald Reagan, Robert Kennedy and Malcolm X. I've even heardthat Kermit the Frog has made an appearance here, and I've always felt a kinship with Kermit'smessage that it's not easy being green. I'm sure he didn't find it any easier being up here than I do!
As I looked around Oxford today, I couldn't help but be aware of the majesty and grandeur of thisgreat institution, not to mention the brilliance of the great and gifted minds that have roamedthese streets for centuries.