It has been used by both Oprah and Dr. Phil to refer to cases in which celebrities become symbols for important social issues such as teen pregnancy and domestic violence. The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court was called a teachable moment for Type I diabetics. Most recently the phrase has even been used by President Obama in referring to the Gates-Crowley incident as an opportunity to more openly discuss the issue of race in American society.
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