President Barack Obama came to Memphis yesterday to present the keynote address to Booker T. Washington High School graduates. The students were overjoyed to receive the president, having competed with many schools attempting to gain the president’s attention. I and many other members of the community, together with elected officials from both parties local and national, television news reporters, and BTW alumni were also overjoyed. The varied aspects of a presidential visit went famously well: police security, student speeches leading up to the keynote, students primarily the center of focus, honor to the principal, a secondarily important meeting with flood victims, Rendevous barbeque for dinner, and more. As far as I could tell from watching the news, Mr. Obama shook every graduate’s hand who walked across the Cook Convention Center stage to receive a diploma. This was a meaningful and emotionally moving event, with power to change young lives.