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The Story of The Boy Who Touched Obama's Hair (HBO)

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As president, Barack Obama rarely put his race front and center, but the last eight years did yield some images whose power is undeniable.

“My name is Jacob Philadelphia. I was five years old when I met the president, and now I’m 12 years old,” Philadelphia told VICE News. “My father was leaving the White House, and because of tradition, whoever leaves the White House gets a photo with the president and their family.”

“The reason why I wanted to touch his hair was because I usually got the same haircut at a barber shop that I usually went to with my mom, and our hair seemed similar at the time,” he said.

This segment originally aired Jan. 19, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

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