a mother’s story

Times reporter Janny Scott talks about her book on the life of Barack Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.

20 Responses to “a mother’s story”

  1. 1 Hachikō
    May 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    “…after all, she did produce a president.” And a great one. Thank you, Stanley Ann Dunham.

  2. May 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    It is only my opinion but I am unanimous in it – Subito Santos ! (Sainthood Now! 4 Stanley Ann Durham)

    One complication, I am no longer Roman Catholic so my letter to the Pope will fall upon death ears.

  3. 9 obamalia
    May 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    From The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

    p.83 When he was in high school. Barry arrived alone at the airport in Jakarta for a summer stay with Ann (his mom) and Maya (his sister). Ann had a panicky feeling as she searched the arrivals area for her son. Somehow, in her mind, Barry was still chubby-checked, stocky, not especially tall, and now he was nowhere to be found. Had he slipped by her and wandered off somewhere in the airport? Not likely. Had he missed the plane?

    “And then comes this . . . figure! Tall and handsome – another person!” Ann’s friend and academic adviser, Alice Dewey, recalled. “Suddenly he was towering over her and speaking in this very low newly-acquired man’s voice. The voice that everyone knows nowadays.”

    • 10 Hachikō
      May 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      I can relate to that with my own son. 🙂 She must have been so proud in that moment.

  4. 11 obamalia
    May 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    President Obama’s tribute to his mother – the single constant in his life.

    “She was the kindest most generous spirit. What is best in me I owe to her.”

    • 12 m
      May 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

      Okay, well that video and PBO words made me completely tear up. Thank you obamalia. Thank you Stanley Ann.

      • 13 ber6964
        May 7, 2011 at 10:29 am

        If my child can say that about me, then I will truly be blessed. I also always the President saying that what ever we do, we have to remember that the Ower Children are watching.

  5. 14 obamalia
    May 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Maya: ‘Both Barack and I owe Mom a lot’

    “My brother and I strive to help others and live a life of service, and those are themes that were central to my mother’s life and we definitely inherited that from her.

    “My brother has a lot of his own medals and he has a lot of unique attributes that was born in his core. He has often said that our mother’s expansiveness, empathy and compassion helped and drove him in the development of his own standards in regards to a life of service.”

  6. 15 CEB
    May 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm


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    • 16 Sue in Minnesota
      May 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      I cosign your beautiful sentiments. I hope this communtity continues to expand, bringing more bright, witty, and generous spirits into the fold.

      I am not sure how you manage Chipsticks, your plate must be very full. That you invite us to share in the feast that you prepare daily is such a gift and pleasure. Saying thank you never seems adequate, hopefully all the good energy you expend comes back to you ten fold.

    • 17 m
      May 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

      ceb, I always love reading what you write. thank you for writing that.

  7. 18 GGail
    May 5, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    CEB, that was lovely (and funny too)(sleep…). You expressed my sentiments perfectly. The ex-catholics appreciate your confession. Bless you and Bless Chipsticks!

  8. 19 meta
    May 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Totally choked at the part where PBO acknowledges that his mother really loved him. What an interesting journey.

  9. 20 Pat
    May 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Wow! These clips are remarkable. So powerful and filled with grace. Thank you, Chipsticks and this whole community
    of inter-connection. An amazing blessing for this weekend in celebration of Mothers. Truly beautiful!

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