I and many other freshmen met the president-to-be on my first day at Georgetown. He was very outgoing, and though I did not realize it, he may have already been running for class president, a position he would win a month later and keep for all four years. He was a natural politician, even then. At school he was a regular (although extremely bright) guy, and I remember his impressive energy even with just four hours of sleep each night. Did I ever think he would be president? Of course not; heck, there have only been 44 in the history of the republic. But I did think he would have a political career in Washington, most likely as a long-serving senator from Arkansas, like his then-hero Sen. William Fulbright, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.