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8 up-and-coming politicians labeled 'The Next Obama'
Barack Obama leapt from obscurity to the presidency in a few short years, and ever since, the media has been trying to crown America's next political prince
 
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When Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic convention he was an unknown state senator from Illinois. But his words, which some consider the defining political speech of a generation, catapulted him into the Oval Office a mere four years later. Since then, the media has repeatedly slapped promising pols with the title "The Next Obama." Here, a look at past and current Obamas-in-waiting:

 

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