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American Girl by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Atlantic, January/February 2009

"The first time I saw Michelle Obama in the flesh, I almost took her for white. It was late July. Pundits were taking whispered bets on the fate of Hillary Clinton’s female supporters. In part to heal the intraparty rift, and in part to raise some cash, Obama was presiding over a Chicago luncheon for Democratic women. ... "

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she edits digital features.

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