Now that Barack Obama is President of the United States, he symbolizes the possibility of maximizing one’s potential in a way that earlier generations of Americans thought a mere fantasy. For me, Obama represents even broader possibilities regarding how to live in this world beyond where you work. Here are several examples of what President Obama symbolizes as an alternative model of living fully in the world:

He calls us to honor the past: 

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President Obama consoles Myrlie Evers-Williams during a ceremony at the Oval Office. WHITE HOUSE
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President Obama listening to Maxine McNair, mother of Denise McNair who at 11 years-old was killed in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963.

He demonstrates the seductive glory of reflection:

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He makes a habit of reading:

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He invests in the reading habits of his children:

President Barack Obama with his daughters visit Kramerbooks

He cries upon the loss of his grandmother and for the generosity of those young people who worked for his campaign:

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He honors the greats:
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He sings with soul:

He understands the value of knowing your ABCs:
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