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Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli missed his moment as a college student at Columbia University.

A fellow member of his graduating class of 1983 was a tall kid from Hawaii: Barack Obama. He had transferred to Columbia from Occidental College. He would eventually enter politics.

“Yes, we were in the same class,” Brauchli says in an e-mail, “but didn’t know each other.”

This article first appeared in the February 2009 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles from that issue, click here

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