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‘It Was Like People Were Voting for Me’: Obama’s Election Reverberates in One N.Y. School

For students at Barack Obama Elementary, the election cut especially deep. Obama reoriented their sense of race and mobility in complicated, and at times confusing, ways. He is the only president most of them have ever known. Growing up under the shadow of Obama’s name, some have worried whether they have adequately lived up to it. Others have puzzled over what it represents.

But its most lasting effect has been their struggle to reconcile the hope they once felt as children with the reality they now see around them as teenagers.