Well, I won't say much on this one, because regular readers already know how I feel. But let's just say, I believe that eradicating educational inequality will require much more than watching a president speak -- and that any researcher who feels otherwise is just [insert your favorite hyperbole] . . . .
Here's the press release: "The Obama Effect": Test-Taking Performance Gap Virtually Eliminated During Key Moments of Obama's Presidential Run
The New York Times also covered the story: Study Sees an Obama Effect as Lifting Black Test-Takers
And here's the video. It's somewhat of a "snooze" at various points, but it's still worth watching. Even if you generally do not believe in the concept of someone "drinking the Kool-Aid," this guy might persuade you to make an exception.