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Seventeen-year-old Ryaan Frazier, who has played basketball since sixth grade, has always been taller than her peers.

So the 5-foot-10 high school junior was particularly gleeful when Barack Obama won -- not just because he made history, but because his soon-to-be first lady also has height (almost 5-foot-11).

"Michelle Obama is going to make a great first lady," said Ryaan, a forward and center on Chicago International Charter School's basketball team.

"She represents tall well. She's pretty, smart and very confident. She exudes self-respect and power. When I see her, I know there ain't no stopping me."

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Pamela Frazier listens to President Barack Obama's inauguration speech.

(Washington, D.C.) -- For many average folks that traveled here for the inauguration of the nation's first black president, today was about the battle, in so many ways.

The battle for racial equality. The battle for their share of the American Dream. The battle just to get onto the National Mall.

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