Thank you for the link to the video, Obamalia 😉

29 Responses to “maya”

  1. 1 Hachikō
    April 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    She’s so beautiful, graceful, gracious, and intelligent. Stanley Ann Dunham must be so proud of her children. So proud!

  2. 4 obamalia
    April 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    you’re welcome chips! don’t you just love listening to her talk about her big brother? i would love to be a fly on the wall and listen to their banter as they play scrabble. what a family – i love them! i love them!!!

    • 5 Hachikō
      April 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      “I would say he needs to be more cheerful when he loses to me at scrabble.” Brilliant response. Made me LOL when she said it.

      Don’t you just love the way she says, “Hawai’i.” So sweet. I’m so sorry their mom isn’t alive. She must have been a tremendous woman. It must have been amazing to know her.

      • April 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

        Loved that response too Hachikō – and she completely dead-panned it, Piers must have been giddy with excitement assuming Maya was about to list out areas where the President should have done better. Love her! Gracious, smart & beautiful.

        • 7 Hachikō
          April 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

          I just love the whole lot of them: Barack, Michelle, the girls, Maya, Craig, Mrs. Robinson, Joe & Jill Biden. They’re just some of the loveliest, most humble, most honorable, most hardworking and accomplished people on God’s green earth.

      • 8 Tally
        April 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm

        “Don’t you just love the way she says, “Hawai’i.””

        YES!!! That is the way it is pronounced, and the way people who LIVE THERE, GRE UP THERE, say it.

        YES YES YES!

    • April 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      Loved the interview Obamalia, she is such an impressive woman, speaks so beautifully. Thank you again for the link 😉

  3. 11 obamalia
    April 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    For those who may want to read more about Maya –


    I was impressed by how normal and down to earth she is –

    1. has a beat-up red Mazda hatchback festooned with political slogans, including a frayed Women for Obama sticker

    2. wears jeans and an untucked blue shirt; her long black hair hangs loose. She looks every bit the earth mother.

    3. Her voice is identifiable in any crowd; it is gentle yet powerful, very husky – one of her signature traits.

    4. speaks about complex topics, but doesn’t talk down to 6 yr old students – wow!

    5. isn’t trying to cash in on the fact that her brother is in the White House.

    6. laughs when she tells of how long-lost Indonesian acquaintances or people who once worked with her mother in rural Indonesia contact her and ask for money, assuming she lives in a palace or owns vast tracts of land or numerous factories. In fact, much of her work is with poor, disempowered communities, and she and her husband, Conrad, recently decided to sell some stocks she inherited in part to help pay the dental bills for a root canal.

    7.“She’s one degree away from the president of the United States,” observes her friend Patricia Halagao. “Yet she just seems so normal and grounded.” When Maya visits friends with children, she often brings bags of hand-me-downs to share among the kids.

    8. Maya is financially worse off because of her newfound fame; now she has to keep up with people who have all their life’s needs catered to. “You’re playing at this world-class level where people have drivers and expense accounts,” Perkinson explains. “But you don’t have any of these resources.”

    9. Maya’s family lives in a small apartment building behind a gas station off one of Honolulu’s main freeways, not far from Punahou, the premier school that she and her brother attended after the family returned from Indonesia.

    10. There is no obvious White House paraphernalia in her home—no photos, no gaudy mementos. There isn’t even a snapshot in the living room of Maya and Barack, or a casual portrait of the two children with their mother or grandparents.

    • 12 Hachikō
      April 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      She is her mother’s child and her brother’s sibling. I hope that her book does well. As soon as I’m able to, I’ll buy a copy for my nieces & nephew.

      What they say about her voice is so true. Beautiful. I love Barack’s voice too. Very comforting and strong.

  4. 13 HZ
    April 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Oh, thanks so much for the artile on Maya Ng. What a delightful person. We are so blessed to be able to have such beautiful spirits in our midst.

  5. 14 LunarSea
    April 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Love all the background info on Maya. Thanks for providing more insight into this wonderful soul. Also love that she is named after one of my favorite poets.

    Has anyone found the 2nd part of this interview? I have seen this clip on a few sites, but the host says, ‘when we come back…’ so there appears to be more buy I have not been able to find it.

    Thanks in advance.

  6. 17 LunarSea
    April 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    “but” not buy

  7. 18 Betty's Girl
    April 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I have absolutely loved every interview with Maya. She is an engaging personality just like her brother. Ann Dunham had to have been every bit of what they say about her. You can see it in her children. I will definitely purchase a few copies for my neices. I hope she continues to write.

  8. 19 obamalia
    April 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Comments by 6 yr old Suhaila re: Ladder to the Moon

    “I hope my friends read my moms book,” the first-grader said in an email, clearly composed on her own, 6-year-old grammar and all. “And my cousins read my moms book. and my teachers read my moms book. And when my sister is old enough to read I hope she reads it. I hope that when they read it they think about peace and no more fiting in the world and I hope that many peopol like it.” She continued: “I think its awesome that my name is in the book becuaes I love books and maybe someone like me will read the book and feel like I am there friend.”

    Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_17857258?nclick_check=1

    • 20 LunarSea
      April 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      Awww, how cute it that!

      • 21 Asher in Boston
        April 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm

        Ooooh, thats so cute. And I love her name Suhaila, my 4 year old niece is called Suhaila.

    • 22 Sue in Minnesota
      April 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      I ordered this book yesterday, as much to support Maya’s enterprise as I believe it will be a very lovely book. I see in Maya many of the same qualities that I see, and value in her big brother. Stanley Ann, despite her less than traditional life style, is a role model for successful parenting. Apples don’t fall far from the tree!

      Suhaila, such a pretty name, I looked up the meaning on the internet and it said, from the Indian word meaning “Moonshine”. The Arabic word meaning “Second brightest star in the sky”. The numerological meaning suggests decisive and good with money, and that individuals with this name strive for balance between the physical and spiritual world. Both interesting, lovely, and fitting. She impresses me as being pretty smart for a six year old. I can’t remember where I saw the video of her saying, Uncle Baracky has big ears…it was really cute.

  9. 23 LunarSea
    April 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Just finished watching the 2nd clip. Thanks so much Chipsticks. I really enjoyed how she chuckled at some of his questions. Like, “wow, that’s so dumb.”

    • 24 LunarSea
      April 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      This is weird. I tried to stop the posting in order to correct the word ‘finished’. I thought I succeeded until I just realize it posted two times.

      My regrets all

  10. 25 M
    April 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Lovely, just lovely…all of it! Blessing to Maya. Hey, how about Maya in 2016?

  11. 26 V C prezOfan2
    April 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you Obamalia and Chipsticks. I’ve been longing to see more of this interview.

    You know, there has been talk in the past about American ‘royalty’, and while at the time I thought the speaker/writer was being silly, I would now posit that this family IS the epitome of what American royalty should be. They all walk with poise and confidence, speak with compassion and show instinctive warmth and caring towards those less fortunate. Each family member (young and old)reacts with dignity, wisdom and discretion when interviewed, or when in the public eye, and you get the impression that they are not at all pretentious. In addition, they are all beautiful people, inside and out! They are all wonderful role models. In a country where leadership has been less than stellar the #44 President and his VP and their families rock. I flat out love them!

  12. 27 DreamChaser57
    April 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I am not sure if the word articulate even adequately captures the breadth and depth of Maya’s intelligence. She is so poised and graceful. The barrage of questions about the president belies the true intent of the interviewer. Very little was said about the book. The fact that the interview was a delight to watch is a testament to Maya’s essence, which I found captivating.

  13. 29 obamalia
    April 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    An aside news re: Maya’s husband-
    Konrad Ng Named Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program

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