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Obama muses on political division, unity and Canadian culture in Halifax talk –

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 201976 Views

A relaxed-looking Barack Obama regaled a Scotiabank Centre crowd of more than 9,000 people with folksy and past-presidential wisdom Wednesday night.

“Obviously, I’m living proof that you don’t have to be rich, influential,” Obama said of the requisites to be a leader or to be president of the United States. “I was a mixed kid born in Hawaii and … I think it’s fair to say that if you had lined up every six-year-old in America and said who’s got the best odds of being president of the United States, it wouldn’t have been me back in 1967.”

Sharing a huge stage and a pair of armchairs with moderator Dianne Kelderman, CEO and president of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council that was instrumental in bringing him to Halifax, Obama talked about balancing independent thought while co-operating with others.

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