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Michael Medved: Long Live the American Dream

From this week's Beyond the News:
—Michael Medved

Three recent news stories illustrate how the American Dream is alive and well:

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, heading the CIA leak investigation, is the son of a doorman in New York City. He attended Catholic schools and worked as a doorman himself while winning scholarships to Amherst and Harvard Law.

Meanwhile, President Bush appointed a new head of the all-powerful Federal Reserve--Ben Bernanke, son of a small town druggist in South Carolina and grandson of a kosher butcher, whose hard work drew scholarships to Harvard and MIT, and a teaching post at Princeton.

And then there was the preacher's kid--Condoleezza Rice--appearing at her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, at the site of the racist church bombing that claimed the life of one her kindergarten classmates.

The modest backgrounds of a famous prosecutor, the nation's top banker and our secretary of state, show that America still offers limitless rewards to people of talent and dedication.

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