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The Madeleine Brand Show for January 12, 2012




U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle wave to a crowd February 10, 2007, back when he first announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for presidency. In a new book,
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle wave to a crowd February 10, 2007, back when he first announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for presidency. In a new book, "The Obamas," Jodi Kantor describes the couple and how they've grappled with stepping into the White House.
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