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Chicago fifth grader Lorenzo Rivera a star in HBO "By the People" Obama documentary

Chicago Sun-Times writer Mary Houlihan profiles Chicago fifth grader Lorenzo Rivera, a break out star in HBO’s “By the People” documentary on the Obama presidential campaign, where he is featured making canvassing calls. Read Houlihan’s Sun-Times article here.

Houlihan: “Lorenzo Rivera may be only 11 years old, but he knows more about politics than many adults.

The Chicago fifth-grader proves just how much in the new documentary “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama,” where he is filmed making campaign calls on Obama’s behalf in 2008.

In the movie, debuting at 8 p.m. Tuesday on HBO, filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams capture Lorenzo, only 9 at the time, handling a call to a confused voter with a calm and grace belying his young age.