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    Posted: 2/23/2012 3:05:47 PM EST
    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 2/23/2012 2:00:51 AM EST
    President Barack Obama listens during remarks at the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 6:26:13 PM EST
    Former first lady Laura Bush speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 6:26:12 PM EST
    FILE - This April 14, 2009 file photo, shows the winning design concept for the National Museum of African American History and Culture submitted by Freelon Adjaye Bond/ SmithGroup in Washington. President Obama helped in the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian's new black history museum on the National Mall, Wednesday, February 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 6:26:12 PM EST
    President Barack Obama speaks at the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 6:26:12 PM EST
    FILE - In this Friday, March 27, 2009 file photo, the design concept for the National Museum of African American History and Culture submitted by Freelon Adjaye Bond/ SmithGroup is seen in Washington. President Obama helped in the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian's new black history museum on the National Mall, Wednesday, February 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 1:20:48 PM EST
    Four-year-old Piper Shillingford from Stuyvesant Heights Montessori Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., gets a hug from first lady Michelle Obama at the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Students from the school had collected $600 in coins and presented it during the museum groundbreaking. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 1:20:48 PM EST
    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama during the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 1:20:47 PM EST
    First lady Michelle Obama, left, watches as former first lady Laura Bush, right, shakes hands with President Barack Obama, center, during the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Bush had just concluded her remarks. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 1:20:47 PM EST
    President Barack Obama speaks at the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Pictured on stage, from left to right: former first lady Laura Bush; Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; first lady Michelle Obama; Lonnie Bunch, Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture; France Cordova, chair, Smithsonian Board of Regents; Richard Parsons, co-chair of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Council; Linda Johnson Rice, co-chair of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Council; Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback; Rev. Calvin Butts of Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City; Washington Mayor Vincent Gray. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 2/22/2012 1:20:47 PM EST
    President Barack Obama hugs Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., left, after Lewis spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  •  - President Obama and first lady Michelle attend the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington

    President Obama and first lady Michelle attend the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington

    Posted: 2/22/2012 1:08:49 PM EST
    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
  •  - First lady Michelle sits next to U.S. President Obama as they listen during the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and

    First lady Michelle sits next to U.S. President Obama as they listen during the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and

    Posted: 2/22/2012 12:56:49 PM EST
    First lady Michelle Obama sits next to U.S. President Barack Obama as they listen during the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - Shovels are seen after the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of a new African American history museum in Washington

    Shovels are seen after the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of a new African American history museum in Washington

    Posted: 2/22/2012 12:50:48 PM EST
    Shovels are seen after the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open at the National Mall in 2015. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION)
  •  - U.S. President Obama and the first lady at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new African American history museum site in Washington

    U.S. President Obama and the first lady at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new African American history museum site in Washington

    Posted: 2/22/2012 12:49:16 PM EST
    U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open at the National Mall in 2015. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - U.S. President Obama and first lady Michelle applaud at the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington

    U.S. President Obama and first lady Michelle applaud at the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington

    Posted: 2/22/2012 12:28:29 PM EST
    U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama applaud at the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - U.S. President Obama watches as first lady Michelle embraces Piper Shillingford after she presented a donation at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American

    U.S. President Obama watches as first lady Michelle embraces Piper Shillingford after she presented a donation at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American

    Posted: 2/22/2012 12:26:59 PM EST
    U.S. President Barack Obama watches as first lady Michelle Obama embraces Piper Shillingford, 4, from a Brooklyn Montessori school, after she presented a donation at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - First lady Michelle Obama hugs Piper Shillingford after she presented a donation at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in

    First lady Michelle Obama hugs Piper Shillingford after she presented a donation at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in

    Posted: 2/22/2012 12:24:23 PM EST
    First lady Michelle Obama hugs Piper Shillingford, 4, from a Brooklyn Montessori School after she presented a donation at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - U.S. President Obama and first lady Michelle attend ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington

    U.S. President Obama and first lady Michelle attend ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington

    Posted: 2/22/2012 12:20:50 PM EST
    U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - U.S. President Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington

    U.S. President Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington

    Posted: 2/22/2012 12:20:45 PM EST
    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)