women’s history month …. one woman’s history

October, 2008: Barack Obama’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng discusses the influence their mother had on their values and outlook

Thank you Proud of Obama 😉

Thank you Obamalia

23 Responses to “women’s history month …. one woman’s history”

  1. 1 obamalia
    March 30, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Obama’s words re: his mom always moves me to tears. “I know that she was the kindest, most generous spirit I have ever known, and. … spirit I have ever known, and that what is best in me I owe to her.”

  2. 2 majii
    March 30, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks, Chipsticks. If only people would watch these videos, they’d have a much better understand of what motivates PBO. It’s not himself, but what he can do to make the lives of others better. I wish his mother, grandmother, and grandfather could have lived long enough to have seen how their care and love for the young Barack turned out. He has made the best tribute to their memories that he can make by living the values that they instilled within him.

  3. 4 Betsey
    March 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    This may show up twice — not sure what happened to the first try! Thanks so much for these, Chipsticks. So moving, especially the one with his sister about his mother. I’ve seen bits and pieces of the material here, but have never seen these before.

  4. 5 CTGirl
    March 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Chipsticks, a tissue warning for these tear jerkers please 🙂 I love both videos and I cry each time I see them 🙂

    • March 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      They’re just beautiful CTGirl, aren’t they? I hadn’t seen them in a long time – thank you again to Proud of Obama for suggesting I post them, star!

      • 7 Proud of Obama
        March 30, 2011 at 10:37 pm

        Awww, (blushing) you’re welcome.

      • 8 HZ
        March 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm

        Chipsticks, thanks for these. I have always enjoyed seeing these and reading so much about his sisters. They are such a joy to see them speak about their brother. Thank you for bringing out the positive energy for all of us. “Think on these things.”

    • 9 UT Austin Liberal
      March 30, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      CT Girl I’m sooo with you. I was bawling and boohooing… but the videos remind me why I support this President every single day 😀

  5. 10 obamalia
    March 30, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Another touching quote (tissue pls) from Maya re: their mother.”She didn’t necessarily anticipate, who could have, that her son would become president of the United States, but she knew that he was going to do remarkable things, and that comforts me actually. I mean, when she died, I’m pretty sure that she was aware that he was going to be okay. And I think more than that, he showed her in ways large and small that he was interested in making the world better, that he was committed to the kind of service that she encouraged all of her life. And she also could see how charismatic he was, and what a capable individual and leader he was.”

  6. 11 obamalia
    March 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Here’s an interview with then presidential candidate Obama re: the influence of his parents –

  7. 13 Sue in Minnesota
    March 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I’ve watched these many, many times. I will never grow tired of watching them. Everytime I watch them it is if my heart grows larger, or opens wider, and I have both a wonderful sense of calm and HOPE.

    Stanley Ann you done good!

  8. 14 Proud of Obama
    March 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    My parents have been gone for many years now and I still miss my mom deeply. She was my best friend. I can imagine how PBO must feel not having his precious mother to talk to. She raised an outstanding son and daughter.

    • March 30, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      I feel for you, Proud. I’m blessed enough to still have my mother, but the pain of my father’s passing will never, ever leave. It sounds to me like your Mom raised an outstanding child 😉

      • 16 HZ
        March 30, 2011 at 11:24 pm

        ProudofObama and Chipsticks, I am sitting here crying because my heart is full thinking of what you both have shared here about your parents. I am 66 years of age, and my father passed when I was 17 years of age, one month after high school graduation for me. I still can see the casket in front of me at that age, and I cry like a baby because my father and mother were divorced when I was two years of age. My mother went on to raise two children with the help of my precious grandparents. Working everyday of her life and supporting and making sure that her two children got an education was her goal in those years. Then after twelve years of being a single mother, she married my wonderful step-father, and that is when my beloved brother was born. He went on to become an attorney and now is a judge. I cry when I see him being such a wonderful judge and how our parents did not see him sit on that bench. However, my mother always taught us to study hard, work hard, love people, and give back to people to make this a better place to interact with each other no matter where we would go in life. My brother and I often think of the beautiful love that our parents and grandparents instilled into us, and that is what keep us going. And to you dear Chipsticks, please enjoy every moment that you have with your mother. Pamper her, have a cold glass of lemonade with her, sit and talk with here on the porch, call her and just and tell her how much you care, and do not miss any opportunity to tell her how much you appreciate her being your mother and bringing you into this world. It is so important to help you as you remember them when they are gone. I actually stood at my mother’s grave 6 years ago and watch the grave-diggers lower her into the ground and when you see that, it stays with you. Then this is when you need all of those precious moments that you can bring back up to help you get through the pain of her/him being gone. I have shared a lot here, but Chipsticks, you make my evenings peaceful so many days because of this site. I cry becuase of how POTUS is being treated, and I then think of how his mother and grandparents worked so hard to put so much in him so that we now can enjoy so much of him, and I see myself and my brother. So to both of you, let us keep each other in our thoughts that we might heal with grace and love in our hearts. Thank you both so much.

        • 17 Proud of Obama
          March 30, 2011 at 11:56 pm

          HZ, you are so right about cherishing all the time one has with their parents. My memories of going shopping with my mom, taking her to church where afterward we would all go to breakfast (even her girlfriends would join us). We had some good times. She was the kind of person who could befriend someone within seconds of meeting them. She was not afraid to talk with anybody — including celebrities. I imagine she would have talked the President’s ear off if she had met him.

          Bless you, HZ, for your kind and caring heart. And bless you, Chips, for the service you have been obedient to perform for PBO and all of us.

          I will say this and then call it a night. What we have in PBO is what sets the two parties apart. True democrats (not blue dogs, etc.) have this empathy within them. The republican party is driven by greed and only greed. So when I hear people yell there’s no difference between the two, or that PBO is a closet republican, I get so angry. They’re not even close in philosophy and practice. Guess many people in the states that voted for these heartless fools can see that now.

          I also get angry at how PBO is treated for this is man, a human being who feels like everybody else. Yes he’s strong and calm and grounded, but he feels. I’m so glad he has a strong woman in Michelle and his two lovely daughters to love him.

          Sleep tight.

        • March 31, 2011 at 1:33 pm

          What a truly beautiful message, HZ, thank you so much. Your mother, stepfather and grandparents sounded like amazing people, and it sounds to me like you and your brother have done them proud. Your advice about treasuring my mother is so true, I know for certain that I took both my parents for granted when my father was alive, but I’m trying now to cherish every day my mother is with us. You’re so lovely HZ, thank you again.

  9. 19 V C prezOfan2
    March 31, 2011 at 12:02 am

    What a lovely idea to showcase Stanley Ann! Thanks Chipsticks and Proud of O!

  10. 20 HZ
    March 31, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Oh, thank you for your kind words ProudofObama. It sounds like your mother was a very precious lady, and that she did a great job in nurturing you with thoughtfulness, intellect, and kindness. I also concur with your thoughts in this comment. Your know the scripture, “You reap what you sow.” I feel that the ugly words spoken and hateful deeds being done to President Obama and millions of people all over the world will come back to those who do them. However, we will continue to be the goodness of the core of who our parents taught us to be and help this President to succeed. I believe in my faith to be used as a good and decent thing and not to mock God. Thanks again ProudofObama for being so kind.

  11. 21 Shirley
    March 31, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I teared uncontrollably, as I watched these Videos, Healthy tears, proud tears, and happy tears, which Is absolutely why I voted for him. As I watched the Videos, I could see how POB have some traits of both his Parents. And yet, Maya looks like POB as well. Lots of similarities there, between his Mom and Maya. This Is a Man, that has a lot of his Mom’s views. He’s Amazing 🙂

    Thanks again Chips, you are the best, bless your sweet little Heart 🙂

    • March 31, 2011 at 5:25 am

      Shirley, I am up as well and I played two or more of the videos and the water works at 4am so cleansing. I tell you President Obama and Michelle can make me cry happy tears..

  12. 23 meta
    March 31, 2011 at 9:28 am

    So choked up by these videos, one after another. I don’t know how any decent human being can know the substance of this man, his history, his inordinate compassion, his intellect and all the contributions he’s made to our nation and our people, and continue to malign him with such insane birther nonsense and all the other ugly self-serving hatefulness. Thank goodness he is so grounded in what matters. I love this man!!

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