Black Kids Think Big Thanks to Obama

New York's black children dream of becoming president
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2008 3:41 PM CST
In this Aug. 13, 2008, file photo, now President-elect Barack Obama walks down steps with his children and friends at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama made more than history when he won the election this week: He also inspired black school kids to believe they could do the same, the New York Daily News reports. "It means people can be anything they want," says 9-year-old Elijah Timmons, who sees himself in the Oval Office one day. "Instead of 'Obama! Obama!' they're going to be yelling 'Elijah! Elijah!'"

But Elijah might have to go up against friend Rafi Privett'e, who already has his platform outlined. One of the cornerstones: healthier school lunches. "But I'm keeping the pizza on Fridays," he says. Teens are also feeling the Obama bug: "I used to think a black man could never be President," said a 16-year-old. "Now, I think that there is no such thing as never."