September 22nd, 2004

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The President and Petra Akwai

Andrew Ferguson's latest column makes mention of an anecdote I'd never heard and found extraordinarily touching:

Though he's disdained Yale since his graduation in 1968, George W. Bush agreed to host a 35th class reunion.

One classmate, Petra Leilani Akwai, had undergone a sex change since graduation . . . Akwai greeted the president in the receiving line.

"You might remember me as Peter when we left Yale," she said.

"And now you've come back as yourself," Bush said.