I am always saddened and taken aback by the passing of a real lion, knowing how rare they really are. Goodbye to Patrick Moynihan
, who I had the privilege to meet in discussion several times right after he had ended his ambassadorship to India and at a time when he was considering entering politics in the U.S. He is not merely among the very best examples of the public intellectual and public servant, he is among the finest examples. We all were privileged to have him thinking and acting on our behalf, representing our country and people. I've been privileged in my life to have encountered some of the best and brightest.