Kids of a certain age remember ads for Amazing Live Sea Monkeys. They ran in the backs of comic books. The ads promised that Amazing Live Sea Monkeys would hatch, grow, and become your friends.

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Amazing Live Sea Monkeys were supposed to be so amazing that they even had their own Saturday morning show.

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And a video game.

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When Barack Obama burst into American politics, he promised to be a different kind of politician. He promised Hope. And Change.

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The media were smitten.

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Hollywood couldn’t get enough of him.

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Despite their skepticism of the young, inexperienced senator, many Americans fell in love too.

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And he was elected President of the United States. Twice.

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