Saw this commentary online in The Atlantic by Megan Mcardle : "I've been thinking about one meeting in particular: the time I met Senator Moynihan. I was eight. I shook his hand so enthusiastically that I may have injured it." Reading that recalled my meeting with Adlai Stevenson during the 1956 campaign for President. I was about eight or nine and met him [my father was running, unsuccessfully, for Governor of Iowa and we all went to welcome Senator Stevenson to a campaign stop in Iowa]. And, with my own childish enthusiasm, I vowed that I would never wash my hand again. Of course, I did soon enough, but I remember how excited I was and enthused to meet someone dedicated to public service. And I remember that he had a way with words and humor [which may seem old fashioned now]. It's inspiring to see that sense of excitement continues even to today. And hopeful it does into the future.