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Senator Barack Obama Makes History as 44th President of the United States

Barack Obama has been elected the 44th President of the United States, making him the first African-American elected to the office in our nation’s history.

Obama made his debut on the national stage only four years ago as the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention and went on to become a U.S. senator for Illinois. Energizing the Democratic party and a new generation of voters, Obama (a political rock star himself) has nabbed the support of celebs like Oprah and political heavyweights like Edward Kennedy and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

While his grandmother Madelyn Dunham’s recent death and his breaking off from his pastor Jeremiah Wright have been huge personal blows for the 47-year-old politician, Obama will have the opportunity to share this momentous occasion with his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha.

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Olympic Swimmer Cullen Jones Wins Annual USA Swimming Award

Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones was awarded a prestigious USA Swimming Award, which recognizes exceptional contributions to swimming, this weekend.

Jones, who won his gold medal as part of the men’s world record-setting 4x100m relay team in August, was given the Diversity Inclusion Award for heightening the “awareness of inclusion efforts resulting in the increase and successful participation of underrepresented groups in the sport.”

The New Jersey native, who has helped spread swimming to minorities with the Make a Splash Foundation, told the Today Show, “I know there’s a big stigma — in the U.S. black people don’t swim. But if you go to the Caribbean, it’s unheard of for people not to know how to swim. If you go to Africa, black people do know how to swim. But it’s just a big stereotype here. And that’s one thing that I want to work and change.”

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