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Royal Height, a native of DC, poses for a portrait where he used to... News PhotoHorizontal,Human Interest,Portrait,Store,USA,Vendor,Washington DCPhotographer Collection: The Washington Post 2013 The Washington PostWASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: Royal Height, a native of DC, poses for a portrait where he used to set up shop as a vendor on Minnesota Avenue NE near Benning Road, on Wednesday, January 16, 2012, in Washington, DC. Height has been a vendor and amateur crooner for years. Obama's presidency spurred a new type of entrepreneurial spirit in him, propelling him to write an R&B song called 'Barack Steady,' which is based on a song called 'Rock Steady' by a group called The Whispers. It has been the closest Height has gotten to a hit, being featured on some radio stations and hawked at Cd stores. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)