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TODAY   |  February 28, 2014

President Obama on his youth: ‘I made bad choices’

The president spoke candidly about his struggles as a young man during an event Thursday to launch “My Brother’s Keeper,” a program close to his heart.

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>>> president obama spoke candidly about his struggles as a young man during an event thursday to launch a new program close to his heart. the my brothers keeper program will bring businesses and local governments together to help improve opportunities for young men of color. the president opened up about his own experiences.

>> i made bad choices. i got high. without always thinking about the harm it could do. i didn't always take school as seriously as i should have. i made excuses. sometimes i sold myself short.

>> well, many of the young people there were part of chicago's becoming a man program the president met last year. they were on hand for