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Commentator buh-ROCK oh-BAH-mah is now President

Tonight we look forward to hearing President Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress. If there's one thing almost everyone can agree on about Mr. Obama, it's that he's good at public speaking. Ever wonder what he might have sounded like before he spent two years out on the road campaigning for president? I did, so I searched our library database and found this 1994 commentary that ran on All Things Considered. It's a response to Charles Murray's book The Bell Curve. Does he sound familiar?

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Who knew this skinny kid with a funny name would one day go on to even greater fame than making commentaries for All Things Considered? We can find this today because a librarian in the past took the time to get the name right. By the way, the odd spelling in the title of this post is lifted directly from the October 28, 1994 All Things Considered rundown. A rundown is like a table of contents for shows, and often contains phonetic spellings of unfamiliar names, places, or terminology.

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