Obama's Chicago Soul: President's Ideals Tie Him To City's Music Legends

02/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Dave Hoekstra Chicago Sun-Times

President-elect Barack Obama paid homage to Chicago soul in his Grant Park acceptance speech. He riffed on Wendell Phillips High graduate Sam Cooke by saying, "It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, at this defining moment, change has come to America."

This clearly expands on Cooke's 1963 hit "A Change Is Gonna Come."

But connect the dots.

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