Woven throughout his speech, Obama referenced great prose of the American past. “My fellow Americans”: He quoted John F. Kennedy. “We the people”: He harkened back to the American Constitution. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” reminded his listeners of this country’s Declaration of Independence.
On election day some students traveled across Cambridge—to the Friends Center on Brattle Street, Gund Hall on Broadway, Graham and Parks School, or Quincy House—only to find that they were not registered to vote.