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Who was Stanley Ann Dunham?

Anndunham_babybarack Close followers of politics know that Stanley Ann Dunham was the mother of President Obama. And while the president has written about his dad -- there was that whole "Dreams From My Father" bestseller -- his mother has been less present in Obama's public narrative.

Now, Stanley Ann Dunham -- who went by Ann -- will come into focus, with a biography coming in May from Riverhead. "A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother" is due in bookstores May 3.

The biography is written by Janny Scott, a former New York Times reporter who left the paper to complete the book. Here's the publisher's description:

Award-winning reporter Janny Scott has interviewed nearly two hundred of Ann's friends, colleagues, and relatives (including both her children), and combed through boxes of personal and professional papers, letters to friends, and photo albums, to uncover the full breadth of Ann's inspiring and untraditional life, and to show the remarkable extent to which she shaped the man Obama is today.

Ann's story moves from Kansas and Washington State to Hawaii and Indonesia. It begins in a time when interracial marriage was still a felony in much of the United States and culminates in the present moment, with her son as our president -- something she never got to see. It is a poignant look at how character is passed from parent to child, and insight into how Obama's destiny was created early, by his mother's extraordinary faith in his gifts, and by her unconventional mothering. Finally, it is a heartbreaking story of a woman who died at age fifty-two, before her son had gone on to his greatest accomplishments and reflections of what she had taught him.

As Ann Dunham's studies and work took her around the Pacific Rim, Barack eventually went to live with his grandparents in Hawaii to finish school. Dunham died in 1995 of cancer.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Stanley Ann Dunham and a young Barack Obama. Credit: Obama Presidential Campaign / Associated Press

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Other reports are saying that Ann Dunham was not even Barrack's birth mother; she brought him to Hawaii from Kenya.

The picture of President Obama's mom reminds me of Peggy Olson for some reason.

We do meet her in "Dreams from My Father." Obama writes of her waking him up in the wee hours to teach him material he was not learning at his Indonesian school. When he complained, she said something like "it's no picnic for me, either." That passage actually brings me comfort when I feel I can't survive another week of kids' homework assignments.

Many thanks to Ann Dunham for raising such a considerate, polite, intelligent, logical, courageous and just man...

We as a country are better off with him guiding us, than not. It's a shame so many people are still so simple minded that they have not reached the level of acceptance and love that you reached half a century ago.

Obama, 4 more years!!

Other reports are saying

which other reports? the voices in your head?

Other reports, August? Which Rush-inspired pea-party right-wing paranoid lying Fox commentator was that?

"Other reports"? Right, because he's not the SPITTING IMAGE of his mother or anything.

Obama 4 More Years

Commenter #1, you really sound ignorant! It's so sad that people like you are so desperate to bring President Obama down, that you will believe or invent anything. What will it take to make you stop? Maybe after he leaves office in 2016?

As a foreigner but like to live in USA, I can say that Bush destroyed USA.
Now Obama is trying put the pieces together: tough job with 45% of population against him.

Hey August, you wrote those other reports.

How could she have brought anyone back from Kenya, when she didn't even have a passport at the time Obama was born. She couldn't have gone to Kenya or have returned from Kenya she got her first passport when Obama was 5.

For August He is not adopted, his mother loved him and he is our president, so get a reality check and stop listening to FOX news so much.


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