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Sorry for taking some time to link this, I was looking for video of decent quality. I've told you guys before that I'm not the one to be leading any sort of discussion on the Israeli/Palestinian beef, so let me just speak as an ordinary citizen and voter. This interview makes me really, really glad Obama won. I won't know the ends and outs of all of his policy decisions, but what I see here is a man who will think and rethink about those decisions, who is nuanced, and capable of walking and chewing gum

One other point before we roll tape. I think the most important thing that comes across here is Obama's willingness to listen and be respectful of folk. People aren't robots programmed by a few policy points. A little respect goes a long, long way. It opens people up to points that they may not have been willing to be open to before. It clears the way for true dialouge.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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