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President Obama will likely leave office as one of the most successful and poplar presidents in recent memory. His success hasn’t come without failures.

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On Tuesday, during a talk with students at a North Carolina A&T town hall on race and sports, President Obama discussed times that he’s been unsuccessful.


Obama recounted the fallout from his first presidential debate in his ultimately successful 2012 election race against Republican Mitt Romney.

Obama shared that losing his first campaign for a U.S. congressional seat in 2000 humbled him.


“What is true about politics that is similar to sports, though, is when you lose, you lose publicly,” he said in an article published on Q. City Metro. “It’s a hard feeling. One of the benefits of defeat is to take some of the vanity out of what it is you’re trying to achieve.”

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