Obama and His Young Supporters

Obama and His Young Supporters
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 29, 2008

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Youngsters at a day care center in Philadelphia were treated to a visit from Barack Obama while he was on the campaign trail last spring.

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A young boy is happy to see Obama during a campaign stop in Farmington Hills, Michigan, last fall.

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While on the campaign trail last fall in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Obama has a “peaceful” exchange with a young boy at the Crown Center Coliseum while numerous onlookers snap photos.

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Obama greets a young supporter during a rally earlier this year in Westminster, Colorado.

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Young students at St. Columbanus Parish and School in Chicago rush to meet Obama during his surprise visit over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Chicago students are happy to take a picture with the president-elect and Arne Duncan, the newly named education secretary at a school in Chicago.

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Pint-size supporters in Lima, Ohio, welcome Obama as he visits St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in August 2008.

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Children in Senegal raise puppets of Obama and France President Nicolas Sarkozy during a parade for HIV/AIDS awareness. World leaders visited the country in December to discuss the epidemic that is leaving many of the children orphans.

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Girls in Rio de Janeiro celebrate Brazil’s Day of Black Consciousness following Obama’s historic win.

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Obama walks with daughters Malia and Sasha and their friends after a visit to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu last summer.

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Obama greets students at Carver Elementary School in New Orleans last winter while campaigning.

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Schoolchildren and teachers react to a surprise visit from President-elect Obama at St. Columbanus Catholic School on the South Side of Chicago last month.

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Students flock to Obama during a surprise visit from the president-elect at St. Columbanus Catholic School on Chicago’s South Side last month.

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