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  • In this July 13, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama gestures during a campaign stop at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, Va. Nearly four years after Barack Obama was elected to the most powerful office in the most powerful country in the world, the question remains: Who is he? This is a man who seemed to come out of nowhere. He had served seven years in the Illinois state Senate, and less than four years in the U.S. Senate _ a meager political resume, augmented by a stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

      In this July 13, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama gestures during a campaign stop at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, Va. Nearly four years after Barack Obama was elected to the most powerful office in the most powerful country in the world, the question remains: Who is he? This is a man who seemed to come out of nowhere. He had served seven years in the Illinois state Senate, and less than four years in the U.S. Senate _ a meager political resume, augmented by a stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
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  • In this Feb. 21, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, on the importance of the agreement passed by Congress to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.

      In this Feb. 21, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, on the importance of the agreement passed by Congress to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.
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  • In this June 5, 2012, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama points out a fig tree as she talks about the White House Kitchen Garden during an interview with The Associated Press, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.

      In this June 5, 2012, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama points out a fig tree as she talks about the White House Kitchen Garden during an interview with The Associated Press, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.
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  • In this photo provided by Sen. Biden's office, then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., and his wife Jill, are seen in this undated photo. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.

      In this photo provided by Sen. Biden's office, then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., and his wife Jill, are seen in this undated photo. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.
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  • In this July 14, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama holds a campaign rally in a downpour at the historic Walkerton Tavern & Gardens in Glen Allen, Va. Nearly four years after Barack Obama was elected to the most powerful office in the most powerful country in the world, the question remains: Who is he? This is a man who seemed to come out of nowhere. He had served seven years in the Illinois state Senate, and less than four years in the U.S. Senate _ a meager political resume, augmented by a stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

      In this July 14, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama holds a campaign rally in a downpour at the historic Walkerton Tavern & Gardens in Glen Allen, Va. Nearly four years after Barack Obama was elected to the most powerful office in the most powerful country in the world, the question remains: Who is he? This is a man who seemed to come out of nowhere. He had served seven years in the Illinois state Senate, and less than four years in the U.S. Senate _ a meager political resume, augmented by a stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
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  • In this May 3, 2011, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama dances with students at Alice Deal Middle School in northwest Washington, during a surprise visit for the school's Let's Move! event. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.

      In this May 3, 2011, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama dances with students at Alice Deal Middle School in northwest Washington, during a surprise visit for the school's Let's Move! event. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.
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  • In this July 19, 2012 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden campaigns at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 189 in Columbus, Ohio. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.

      In this July 19, 2012 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden campaigns at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 189 in Columbus, Ohio. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.
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  • In this Feb. 10, 2009, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama hugs children after reading a book at Mary's Center in Washington. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.

      In this Feb. 10, 2009, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama hugs children after reading a book at Mary's Center in Washington. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.
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  • In this Sept. 16, 1987, file photo, then-Senate Judiciary Chairman Joseph Biden Jr., of Delaware, left, speaks with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., during the confirmations hearings for Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork on Capitol Hill in Washington. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.

      In this Sept. 16, 1987, file photo, then-Senate Judiciary Chairman Joseph Biden Jr., of Delaware, left, speaks with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., during the confirmations hearings for Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork on Capitol Hill in Washington. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.
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  • In this July 13, 2012, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama smiles as she honors the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award winners in the East Room of the White House in Washington. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.

      In this July 13, 2012, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama smiles as she honors the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award winners in the East Room of the White House in Washington. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.
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  • In this Aug. 28, 2008, file photo, Democratic presidential nominee, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his running mate, then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., wave after Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Nearly four years after Barack Obama was elected to the most powerful office in the most powerful country in the world, the question remains: Who is he? This is a man who seemed to come out of nowhere. He had served seven years in the Illinois state Senate, and less than four years in the U.S. Senate _ a meager political resume, augmented by a stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

      In this Aug. 28, 2008, file photo, Democratic presidential nominee, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his running mate, then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., wave after Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Nearly four years after Barack Obama was elected to the most powerful office in the most powerful country in the world, the question remains: Who is he? This is a man who seemed to come out of nowhere. He had served seven years in the Illinois state Senate, and less than four years in the U.S. Senate _ a meager political resume, augmented by a stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
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  • In this May 5, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend a celebration of Cinco de Mayo in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.

      In this May 5, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend a celebration of Cinco de Mayo in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.
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  • In this Oct. 6, 2011, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama plays soccer on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, as part of a Let's Move! clinic. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.

      In this Oct. 6, 2011, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama plays soccer on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, as part of a Let's Move! clinic. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.
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  • In this July 23, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama gestures at a campaign stop in Oakland, Calif. Nearly four years after Barack Obama was elected to the most powerful office in the most powerful country in the world, the question remains: Who is he? This is a man who seemed to come out of nowhere. He had served seven years in the Illinois state Senate, and less than four years in the U.S. Senate _ a meager political resume, augmented by a stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

      In this July 23, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama gestures at a campaign stop in Oakland, Calif. Nearly four years after Barack Obama was elected to the most powerful office in the most powerful country in the world, the question remains: Who is he? This is a man who seemed to come out of nowhere. He had served seven years in the Illinois state Senate, and less than four years in the U.S. Senate _ a meager political resume, augmented by a stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
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  • In this Oct. 18, 1992, photo released by Obama for America campaign shows Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his bride Michelle Robinson on their wedding day in Chicago. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.

      In this Oct. 18, 1992, photo released by Obama for America campaign shows Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his bride Michelle Robinson on their wedding day in Chicago. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.
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  • In this Aug. 25, 2008, file photo, Michelle Obama, wife of then-Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and daughters Malia, left, 10, and Sasha, right, 7, wave to the audience the Democratic National Convention in Denver. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.

      In this Aug. 25, 2008, file photo, Michelle Obama, wife of then-Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and daughters Malia, left, 10, and Sasha, right, 7, wave to the audience the Democratic National Convention in Denver. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.
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  • In this May 25, 2010, file photo first lady Michelle Obama plays with kids at an event on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.

      In this May 25, 2010, file photo first lady Michelle Obama plays with kids at an event on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.
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  • In this July 12, 2012, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden addresses the NAACP annual convention in Houston. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.

      In this July 12, 2012, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden addresses the NAACP annual convention in Houston. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.
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  • In this Feb. 10, 2007, file photo, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his wife Michelle wave to the crowd after he announced his candidacy for president of the United States at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.

      In this Feb. 10, 2007, file photo, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his wife Michelle wave to the crowd after he announced his candidacy for president of the United States at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.
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  • In this July 27, 2004, file photo,Barack Obama, candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois, and his wife Michelle wave to delegates after he delivered his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in Boston in this July 27, 2004, file photo. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.

      In this July 27, 2004, file photo,Barack Obama, candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois, and his wife Michelle wave to delegates after he delivered his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in Boston in this July 27, 2004, file photo. She is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug.
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  • In this photo provided by Sen. Joe Biden's office, then- Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., is seen in his official Senate portrait in the mid 1970's in Washington. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.

      In this photo provided by Sen. Joe Biden's office, then- Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., is seen in his official Senate portrait in the mid 1970's in Washington. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.
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  • In this April 9, 1993, file photo then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. stands in front of a Danish armored personnel carrier at the UN-controlled Sarajevo Airport, making a statement about his trip to the besieged Bosnian capital. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.

      In this April 9, 1993, file photo then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. stands in front of a Danish armored personnel carrier at the UN-controlled Sarajevo Airport, making a statement about his trip to the besieged Bosnian capital. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.
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  • In this photo released by Sen. Biden's office, Joe Biden is seen at 10 years old. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.

      In this photo released by Sen. Biden's office, Joe Biden is seen at 10 years old. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.
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  • In this photo provided by Sen. Joe Biden's office, then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., holds his daughter Ashley. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.

      In this photo provided by Sen. Joe Biden's office, then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., holds his daughter Ashley. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.
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  • In this Dec. 13, 1972 file photo, the newly-elected Democratic senator from Delaware, Joe Biden, is shown on Capitol Hill in Washington. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.

      In this Dec. 13, 1972 file photo, the newly-elected Democratic senator from Delaware, Joe Biden, is shown on Capitol Hill in Washington. In May, after Joe Biden tripped up his boss by voicing support for same-sex marriage while the president remained on the fence, there was speculation about whether the remarks were spontaneous or deliberate. But to those who know Biden, there was no doubt. He was just speaking his mind.
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