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    "We Didn't Know He Was Clarence Thomas"

    High school seniors Terrence Stephens and Jason Ankrah, star football players at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Md., were sitting on a plane returning from a recruitment session at the University of Nebraska when they struck up a conversation with the man sitting next to them. Their seat-mate just happened to be a major Cornhuskers fan.

    When they started chatting, Stephens and Ankrah didn't have a clue they were holding court with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

    "I was amazed this guy knew so much about us as football players and as people," said Stephens. "That was shocking. I felt honored to be known by someone of his caliber. He was just a regular old guy, sitting in coach, which really shocked me."

    By the time the plane landed, the students had figured out who Thomas was, and they promptly told their principal they wanted to invite Thomas to give the keynote speech at their high school graduation. Of course, Principal Carole Working didn't exactly think Thomas would take them up on it. But he showed up at the high school on Monday.

    "These young men had no idea who I was as I formed my first impression. I was just another stranger to them. They were wonderful ambassadors for your school and for their fellow students," said Thomas at the Quince Orchard graduation ceremony.

    When Stephens and Ankrah arrived on-stage to receive their diplomas, they were both embraced by Justice Thomas.

    Ankrah will be playing football for Nebraska next year, but Stephens will be attending Stanford. The justice said he doesn't have any hard feelings over that.
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    Re: "We Didn't Know He Was Clarence Thomas"

    We could use more stories about the "good one".

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    Re: "We Didn't Know He Was Clarence Thomas"

    That is wonderful of Justice Thomas. It's nice to see a story of some one in the political arena just doing something good, no actual politics attached.

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    Re: "We Didn't Know He Was Clarence Thomas"

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    He fly's coach on a commercial airline.

    That dude is a class act.
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    Re: "We Didn't Know He Was Clarence Thomas"

    For some strange reason, I see this turning into a movie script.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Degreez View Post
    For some strange reason, I see this turning into a movie script.
    Denzel plays Thomas with 50 Cent and Flavor Flav as the two students.
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    Re: "We Didn't Know He Was Clarence Thomas"

    So he's a regular guy. I'm not surprised; it seems that even some of his ideological opponents who know him personally find him a likeable fellow. Being a rightie does not disqualify one from being likeable and charming.

    He's still one of my least favorite justices.

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    Re: "We Didn't Know He Was Clarence Thomas"

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdzeye View Post
    So he's a regular guy. I'm not surprised; it seems that even some of his ideological opponents who know him personally find him a likeable fellow. Being a rightie does not disqualify one from being likeable and charming.

    He's still one of my least favorite justices.
    Can you share some of his opinions that you believe are poorly reasoned?
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    Re: "We Didn't Know He Was Clarence Thomas"

    Quote Originally Posted by Degreez View Post
    For some strange reason, I see this turning into a movie script.
    That means it'll be about Sotomayor and The Wetbacks, won't it?

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    Re: "We Didn't Know He Was Clarence Thomas"

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdzeye View Post
    He's still one of my least favorite justices.
    Because he obeys the Constitution?

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