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Looking Back With Gratitude On Obama, And His Optimistic Vision Of America

Writer Mat Johnson reflects on what the Obama presidency meant to his biracial family. "I didn't always agree with Obama," he says. "But I always respected — and will always respect — that man."

Then-Senator Barack Obama speaks as rain falls during a rally at Widener University in Chester, Penn. in October 2008. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Looking Back With Gratitude On Obama, And His Optimistic Vision Of America

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