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[...] despite the likes of the mythic Harriet Tubman (whose certain sufferings we tend to ignore), a stand-alone hero is hard to find in our national past, and, as it turns out, in our awe-inspiring, history-making present. Since taking the oath of office (twice) Barack Obama has made a series of what I view as disappointing missteps - his selection of cabinet members who failed to pay taxes on their wealth, his reticence on the subject of marriage as an equal right for all, and his escalation of American fighting forces in Afghanistan.
OBAMA AND BIG HISTORY Tiya Miles Michigan Quarterly Review; Summer 2009; 48, 3; Docstoc pg. 356 Reproduced
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