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Harvard's Kagan Praises Obama, Speaks About Attending DNC Convention

During a 2005 Harvard Law School award Luncheon now-Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan lavished praised for then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and explained the "privilege" of attending the 2004 Democratic National Convention. "I have something of a political background, myself," she began. "When the Democratic National Convention came to town, I asked some friends of mine for some tickets and I went each night to the convention," she said. Kagan said no one paid attention to the speakers, until the night Obama spoke. "He opened his mouth, said a few words and the place was mesmerized. You could of heard a pin drop. In part that is because of all the rock star qualities he has: the eloquence, the magnetism, the great looks, the brilliance," she praised him. "When he opens up his mouth, you know you're getting the real deal," she continued. Kagan called Obama a "hero." She concluded that Obama is "truly one of the great public servants of our time" and gives many "hope" in the future of the country. (Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, Sept. 17, 2005)

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