President Obama today credited an affordable college education with helping a "mixed kid from Hawaii" and a "little black girl from the South Side of Chicago" make history in the White House, ABC News reports.

"Education was a gateway of opportunity for me," Obama told the crowd here. "Let's face it. You know, a mixed kid from Hawaii born to a single mom is not likely to become president of the United States. But in America, it can happen because of education, because somebody gave me opportunity.

"You know, a little black girl from South Side of Chicago whose mom's a secretary...

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