From Boys to the Man: Obama Takes Questions From Young Minorities

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Leveling the Field

The only difference between me and extraordinarily talented young men that I see all across the country is I was living in a pretty forgiving environment. So if I made a mistake, I often had a second chance, or I often had a third chance. And some of the costs of making mistakes, they weren't deadly. I wasn't going to end up shot. I wasn't going to end up in jail. And as a consequence, for the last five, six, 10 years, I've constantly been thinking about how can I make sure that I'm evening out the odds a little bit for other young men who could end up being a doctor or a lawyer or a senator or an attorney general or a secretary of education. (Photo:Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

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