“I want you to know that this is why I’ve always believed so deeply in a better kind of politics, in part because of what I learned here in this legislature. Because of what I learned traveling across the state, visiting some of your districts, before I was running statewide, before I was a U.S. Senator; learning all the corners of this state—this most-representative of states. A state of small towns and rich farmland, and the world’s greatest city. A microcosm of America, where Democrats and Republicans and independents, and good people of every ethnicity and every faith shared certain bedrock values.” —President Obama to the Illinois General Assembly on the ninth anniversary of his announcement for President. Here’s his old office as a State Senator in Springfield.
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