Before Barack Obama

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is bidding to become the first black president in the history of the United States, but Hollywood broke that color barrier years ago, and has done so a number of times since. In the 2003 movie "Head of State," comedian Chris Rock, left, plays a Washington, D.C., alderman who is plucked from obscurity to become his party's nominee for the White House.
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