Perkins was by far the most heralded—800 people attended her sendoff dinner in New York and showered her with loving tributes.
Unlike other students, however, she got a sendoff from the commander in chief.
It was a far cry from the sendoff for Gen. Colin Powell in a 1993 ceremony that drew two presidents and the defense Secretary.
In the end, it was just what we signed up for: a big, splashy British sendoff that will put us into instant Olympic withdrawal.
Whit like a sendoff did yer wuman gie ye, Sandy, when ye left for France?
A funeral: Give a man a classy send-off (1872+)