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President Barack Obama attends the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

President Barack Obama attends the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture. UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      President Barack Obama stands alongside Denyce Graves as she performs at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      President Barack Obama attends the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012.  The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      President Barack Obama waits for the national anthem at the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      President Barack Obama applauds along side his wife First Lady Michelle Obama during the breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      President Barack Obama talks to First Lady Michele Obama at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the national anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      Officials including, former First Lady Laura Bush, Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, France Cordova, Chair of the Smithsonian Boards, and Wayne Clough, participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greets students from the Brooklyn Montessori school at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      President Barack Obama greets students from the Brooklyn Montessori school at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      Richard Parsons, chairman of Citigroup Inc., speaks at the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the national anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      Officials including, former First Lady Laura Bush, Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, France Cordova, Chair of the Smithsonian Boards, and Wayne Clough, participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet children from a local Montessori school at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      Richard Parsons, chairman of Citigroup Inc., speaks at the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      First Lady Michele Obama listens to the national anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      President Barack Obama attends the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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      Officials including, former First Lady Laura Bush, Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, France Cordova, Chair of the Smithsonian Boards, and Wayne Clough, participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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      Former First Lady Laura Bush hugs Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, after the ground breaking ceremony for the new Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greets students from the Brooklyn Montessori school at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • President Barack Obama applauds along side his wife First Lady Michelle Obama during the breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • Officials including, former First Lady Laura Bush, Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, France Cordova, Chair of the Smithsonian Boards, and Wayne Clough, participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • Officials including, former First Lady Laura Bush, Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, France Cordova, Chair of the Smithsonian Boards, and Wayne Clough, participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • Officials including, former First Lady Laura Bush, Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, France Cordova, Chair of the Smithsonian Boards, and Wayne Clough, participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • Former First Lady Laura Bush hugs Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, after the ground breaking ceremony for the new Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • President Barack Obama stands alongside Denyce Graves as she performs at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • President Barack Obama greets students from the Brooklyn Montessori school at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012.  The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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  • President Barack Obama talks to First Lady Michele Obama at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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  • President Barack Obama attends the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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  • Richard Parsons, chairman of Citigroup Inc., speaks at the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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  • President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the national anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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  • President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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  • President Barack Obama waits for the national anthem at the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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  • President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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  • First Lady Michele Obama listens to the national anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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  • President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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  • President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet children from a local Montessori school at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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  • President Barack Obama attends the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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  • President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the national anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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  • Richard Parsons, chairman of Citigroup Inc., speaks at the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

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President Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschPresident Barack Obama applauds along side his wife First Lady Michelle Obama during the breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschOfficials including, former First Lady Laura Bush, Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, France Cordova, Chair of the Smithsonian Boards, and Wayne Clough, participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschOfficials including, former First Lady Laura Bush, Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, France Cordova, Chair of the Smithsonian Boards, and Wayne Clough, participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschOfficials including, former First Lady Laura Bush, Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, France Cordova, Chair of the Smithsonian Boards, and Wayne Clough, participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschFormer First Lady Laura Bush hugs Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, after the ground breaking ceremony for the new Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschPresident Barack Obama stands alongside Denyce Graves as she performs at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschPresident Barack Obama greets students from the Brooklyn Montessori school at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschPresident Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschPresident Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschPresident Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschPresident Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschPresident Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012.  The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschPresident Barack Obama speaks at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on February 22, 2012. Obama was joined by Smithsonian, religious and political leaders. The museum is set to open in 2015. UPI/Kevin DietschPresident Barack Obama talks to First Lady Michele Obama at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/PoolPresident Barack Obama attends the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/PoolRichard Parsons, chairman of Citigroup Inc., speaks at the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/PoolPresident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the national anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/PoolPresident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/PoolPresident Barack Obama waits for the national anthem at the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/PoolPresident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/PoolFirst Lady Michele Obama listens to the national anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/PoolPresident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/PoolPresident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet children from a local Montessori school at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/PoolPresident Barack Obama attends the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/PoolPresident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the national anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/PoolRichard Parsons, chairman of Citigroup Inc., speaks at the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.   UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool