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Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at 95

...regal bearing, graying hair and raspy voice made him instantly recognizable across the globe. As South Africa's first black president, the ex-boxer, lawyer and prisoner No. 46664 paved the way to racial reconciliation with well-chosen gestures...
Sporting tributes for Nelson Mandela

...Nelson! Nelson!"Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, was wearing the colors of the Springboks and South Africa. He later became the country's first black president."He inspired others to reach for what appeared...
Tea party attitude toward Obama influenced by race, researchers say

...said racial resentment among tea party members is expressed through their hostility toward Obama, the nation's first black president."It goes beyond just the economic issues," Abramowitz said. "It's a reaction against the trends the tea...
President Obama makes case to stay on the job

...acknowledged "my own failings" as he asked for a second term, four years after taking office as the nation's first black president.Citing progress toward recovery, he said, "After a decade that was defined by what we bought and borrowed...
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On RNC stage, nettlesome issues unmentioned

...ethnically diverse and are keenly aware a nod to the "birthers" could smack of a racial smear against the country's first black president. The party instead will continue to showcase some of its high profile minority members, including South Carolina...
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Term II: US must help poor, elderly, Obama says

...first, when 1.8 million people crammed onto the National Mall to witness the swearing-in of the nation's first black president. Far fewer people attended this year's inauguration - officials estimated up to 700,000 people - but the crowd...
This Day in History

...President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the White House. Bishop Wilton Gregory was elected the first black president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In the world In 1775, during the American Revolution, U.S...
This Day in History

...Vietnam peace talks began in Paris. In 1994, Nelson Mandela took the oath of office to become South Africa's first black president. In 1997, President Clinton signed modest drug-fighting and trade agreements with Caribbean leaders in Barbados...
Election of Obama was only symbolic, yellow, red, orange, and green people all holding hands singing and crying to the sight of America's first black president. But the bottom line for many of a darker hue in this nation is that no matter what you do, how much you accomplish...
Obama's critics and racial denial

...economic catastrophe and a broken health care system. How do you separate the racial backlash against him as the first black president from the political backlash against his being the first to take on so many problems on Day One? Still, I am amused...


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