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A Osprey military helicopter flies by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, Aug. 27. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

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Obama holds King as personal hero

Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation’s first black president stands as the most high-profile example of the racial progress King espoused, delivering remarks Wednesday at a nationwide commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice and racial equality.

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