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Long-range love of Obama’s absent mother
The Times ^ | 11/23/2008 | Christine Finn in Honolulu and Sarah Baxter

Posted on 11/22/2008 3:51:07 PM PST by bruinbirdman

A cache of private letters attained by The Sunday Times reveals the influences that helped shape the young Obama


Ann Dunham's time in Indonesia was spent as a programme officer for women's work

In his autobiographical memoir, Barack Obama’s mother is almost as distant a figure as his absent Kenyan father: America’s president-elect was largely brought up by his grandparents in Hawaii. But a trove of private letters obtained by The Sunday Times highlights her devotion to her son and her struggle to make ends meet as an anthropologist in Indonesia.

It was as a free-spirited student in Hawaii that Ann Dunham fell pregnant and married Obama’s father at 18, at a time when interracial unions were still illegal in many parts of America. They divorced when Obama was two and she later married Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian. It was the start of a long love affair with his country, although the marriage did not last.

Dunham died at 52 of ovarian cancer in 1995, leaving behind a 1,000-page doctoral thesis on peasant blacksmithing in Indonesia, which friends still hope will gain her academic recognition. They believe her support for micro-financing projects and women’s work in Indonesia influenced Obama’s determination to build a grassroots campaign for president - and may yet shape his economic agenda in office.

Alice Dewey, a professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii, was Dunham’s close friend and thesis supervisor. For her, Obama will always be “Barry”, as his mother called him. Dunham also had a daughter from her second marriage, Maya Soetoro-Ng, who is now a teacher in Hawaii.

“I have a vivid picture of Ann on a couch, Maya going and sitting on her lap and Barry, not wanting to be left out, sitting on Maya’s lap -

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: bho2008; birthcertificate; certifigate; commie; dunham; ho; obama; obamafamily; obamagate; yomama; yomamaobama
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1 posted on 11/22/2008 3:51:07 PM PST by bruinbirdman
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To: LucyT

Obama mama private letter ping.


2 posted on 11/22/2008 3:54:18 PM PST by hoosiermama (Berg is a liberal democrat. Keyes is a conservative. Obama is bringing us together already!)
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To: bruinbirdman

“A 1,000 doctoral thesis on peasant blacksmithing in Indonesia”

A real `page turner’, you betcha.


3 posted on 11/22/2008 3:54:20 PM PST by tumblindice (In this school of war called life...)
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To: bruinbirdman

“I have a vivid picture of Ann on a couch, Maya going and sitting on her lap and Barry, not wanting to be left out, sitting on Maya’s lap -

And there you have the root to the Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Sad.


4 posted on 11/22/2008 3:55:45 PM PST by autumnraine (Churchill: " we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall never surrender")
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To: bruinbirdman
They believe her support for micro-financing projects and women’s work in Indonesia influenced Obama’s determination to build a grassroots campaign for president - and may yet shape his economic agenda in office.

Obama and "micro financing" doesn't go together. It's more like hyper trillion spending.

5 posted on 11/22/2008 3:56:35 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light! WE STAND WITH HER!)
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To: SolidWood

place saver


6 posted on 11/22/2008 3:57:31 PM PST by Guenevere
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To: bruinbirdman

There once was a boy child named Barry,
whose papa was drunken and scary.
His mom married twice,
so she put him on ice.
Poor grandma ... ‘twas all she could carry.


7 posted on 11/22/2008 3:57:44 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: bruinbirdman
"It was as a free-spirited student in Hawaii that Ann Dunham fell pregnant...."

LOL....typical libspeak. Pregnancy is not only a punishment, but a disease you contract.

8 posted on 11/22/2008 3:57:51 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: autumnraine

It’s sad he didn’t go see her before she passed away.


9 posted on 11/22/2008 3:58:04 PM PST by Perdogg (01-20-2013 Obama's last day)
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To: bruinbirdman
"America’s president-elect was largely brought up by his grandparents in Hawaii."

grandparents every bit as much communists as his mother. But despite "poor little Obama" spoiled as he was by grandparents who gave him everything,

The ungratefull little creep didn't have the decency to attend her funeral.

10 posted on 11/22/2008 3:59:04 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: BenLurkin

Excellent.


11 posted on 11/22/2008 3:59:19 PM PST by Stentor (b. July 4, 1776 - d. January 20, 2009 sorely missed.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Obama’s mama was a ho.


12 posted on 11/22/2008 4:01:36 PM PST by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: SolidWood
Obama and "micro financing" doesn't go together. It's more like hyper trillion spending.

You're thinking of Bush.

13 posted on 11/22/2008 4:02:51 PM PST by wideminded
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To: Nathan Zachary
The ungratefull little creep didn't have the decency to attend her funeral."

But he did make time to go to Hawaii and make sure any evidence of birth was put under lock and key.

14 posted on 11/22/2008 4:03:44 PM PST by taxesareforever (Quick justice for the senseless killing of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield.)
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To: bruinbirdman

What an unattractive woman. I guess she looked for love wherever she could find it. I’m already on Obamort overload!


15 posted on 11/22/2008 4:04:06 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Nathan Zachary
There was a funeral?
And where is his white sister?
Why did his mom abandoned him to be raised by his white grandparents?
16 posted on 11/22/2008 4:04:27 PM PST by svcw (Great selection of Christmas gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: bruinbirdman

Wonder how this got planted?


17 posted on 11/22/2008 4:05:57 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
""It was as a free-spirited student in Hawaii that Ann Dunham fell pregnant...."

I guess abortions weren't legal at that time. Lucky thing for Obama,____ ____ ____ _______ .

18 posted on 11/22/2008 4:06:10 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: autumnraine

Maya was several years younger than Barry. Odd he would sit on her lap. Sad.


19 posted on 11/22/2008 4:06:58 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: hoosiermama

The article says “she fell pregnant”, how does one fall pregnant, I had 3 children and I sure as h-ll never fell pregnant.


20 posted on 11/22/2008 4:07:12 PM PST by lolhelp
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To: dragonblustar

What if she was also manic-depressive? It is a common trait when manic... What kind of MOM leaves her first-born with her parents? Being a tramp is one thing, but that is a whole new level of something. I would LOVE to see a shrink’s notes on him.


21 posted on 11/22/2008 4:07:29 PM PST by PghBaldy (I shall call him President Little Squirt...)
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To: bruinbirdman

Anyone actually able to put their hands on a copy of her 1067-pages-long dissertation, “Peasant Blacksmithing”?

There are appearantly 5 hard copies in libraries here in the US. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/78077741. Don’t know about digital copies online...

There might be some important facts, previously overlooked, in the “Forward” or “Biography” sections. Facts that could be helpful in upcoming Supreme Court cases.


22 posted on 11/22/2008 4:08:37 PM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: lolhelp

Seems I recall a story about priest falling on a potato a week ago.


23 posted on 11/22/2008 4:09:10 PM PST by TruthWillWin
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To: lolhelp

My mom is always worried about us kids slipping on floor... Awful things and strange accidents can occur...


24 posted on 11/22/2008 4:09:28 PM PST by PghBaldy (I shall call him President Little Squirt...)
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To: PghBaldy
What if she was also manic-depressive? It is a common trait when manic... What kind of MOM leaves her first-born with her parents? Being a tramp is one thing, but that is a whole new level of something. I would LOVE to see a shrink’s notes on him.

Yeah. I'd like to see that too and why did he go to a private school when he came back to Hawaii?

25 posted on 11/22/2008 4:10:02 PM PST by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: PghBaldy
Bill Clinton came from a screwed up home life and is a desperately flawed individual— but this Obama guy REALLY comes from a bizarre broken home so......
26 posted on 11/22/2008 4:12:30 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: svcw
"Why did his mom abandoned him to be raised by his white grandparents? "

I'm not so sure she did. It does say she made a career out of living in Indonesia, even after she split with Obama's adoptive father. I think Obama only went to live with his grandparents later so that they could pay for his education in an American collage. Up until that time, obama was just as is suspected, an Indonesian citizen living in indonesia up until it was time to attend collage.

27 posted on 11/22/2008 4:13:18 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: dragonblustar
...why did he go to a private school when he came back to Hawaii?

Because the regular kids at the public school would have taken his lunch money from him every day.

28 posted on 11/22/2008 4:14:01 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: bruinbirdman

Is it just me or does she look like a female Glen Quagmire from Family Guy?


29 posted on 11/22/2008 4:14:02 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: svcw
Because she was a free spirit and had important work to do, and she could not do it being burdened with a child. And of course abortion wasn't legal back then. Why if those Repubs hadn't forced her to have a child, she could have written a 2000 page paper, but alas no she was forced to have the big O. And so she had to do what she had to do. Just think if Roe vs Wade had only been 15 years earlier, I'm sure she would have not had Barry.

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30 posted on 11/22/2008 4:14:34 PM PST by JimC214
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To: lolhelp

By fallin down on da bet, ya know.


31 posted on 11/22/2008 4:16:31 PM PST by dusttoyou (First they steal our savings, then our liberty)
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To: bruinbirdman

She was a real nut.....


32 posted on 11/22/2008 4:19:09 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: bruinbirdman
OK, here we go with the non-stop letters, and other
new found pieces of his past that just happened to
come to light.

This is such a contrived POS politician it makes me sick.

33 posted on 11/22/2008 4:19:32 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude (-)....Election 2008, the year of the Affirmative Action President....(-)
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To: BenLurkin

Terrific!!!

Too bad Oreilly wouldn’t read that on the air!!!


34 posted on 11/22/2008 4:21:28 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Obozo.....friend of dictators and wannabee revoluuuushionaries !)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Pregnancy is not only a punishment, but...

You know, feeling as good ole Barry does about pregnancy and punishment, wonder if he's considered that his mother might have felt that way about him and should have aborted him.

35 posted on 11/22/2008 4:21:54 PM PST by YellowRoseofTx (Evil is not the opposite of God; it's the absence of God)
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To: lolhelp
"The article says “she fell pregnant”, how does one fall pregnant, I had 3 children and I sure as h-ll never fell pregnant."

That's for sure. Women get knocked UP pregnant.

Like another post says, liberals think pregnancy is a disease they contract like syphilis, which needs to be eradicated so they can continue on participating in that contact sport called casual sex.

36 posted on 11/22/2008 4:22:24 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: Joe 6-pack

ROFLMAO....’fell pregnant” is so ANTI LEFTIST FEMINISM !

They just can never get it right, ha. That’s like saying “out of wedlock” which is also not politically correct.

sounds like she fainted, or got a tan , instead of bearing a child. ha.


37 posted on 11/22/2008 4:23:38 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Obozo.....friend of dictators and wannabee revoluuuushionaries !)
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To: lolhelp

LOL!!!!


38 posted on 11/22/2008 4:24:45 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Obozo.....friend of dictators and wannabee revoluuuushionaries !)
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To: lolhelp
The article says “she fell pregnant”...

British speak a bit differently, sometimes. :)

39 posted on 11/22/2008 4:24:52 PM PST by Texas_shutterbug
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To: dusttoyou

LOL!!!


40 posted on 11/22/2008 4:26:49 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Obozo.....friend of dictators and wannabee revoluuuushionaries !)
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To: bruinbirdman

Marries two men so outside her culture they might as well been from Mars; dumps them in the wink of an eye; unloads her son on her parents to go do her thing - and - we’re supposed to buy the idea she was so devoted to BO.

LOL!

Methinks womyn and revolutionary Marxism were more important than anything else in her miserable life.


41 posted on 11/22/2008 4:28:37 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth ($750 billion is nothing - surrender your children, wealth and gold fillings now to avoid the rush.)
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To: tumblindice

“A 1,000 doctoral thesis on peasant blacksmithing in Indonesia”

**A real `page turner’, you betcha.***

To a part time former horseshoer blacksmith like me it mught be interesting. But then I still have THE MODERN BLACKSMITH by Alexander G. Weygers. It has a small section on Indonesian blacksmiths.


42 posted on 11/22/2008 4:29:11 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (NEVER FORGET TREASON!)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

O mother = slut


43 posted on 11/22/2008 4:30:08 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Save America......... put out lots of waferin)
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To: tumblindice

Actually, the blacksmithing information is about the only thing that I actually find interesting about this goofball woman. I’m always on the lookout for old-tech info and anything on smithing.


44 posted on 11/22/2008 4:30:52 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth ($750 billion is nothing - surrender your children, wealth and gold fillings now to avoid the rush.)
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To: Nathan Zachary

I thought he said the used the food stamp system while attending private schools.
My understanding that after about 10 yo, he was with his grandparents.


45 posted on 11/22/2008 4:32:27 PM PST by svcw (Great selection of Christmas gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: bruinbirdman

I’d say she was totally fixated on herself, to the point where she just abandoned her kid and went back to her self-fulfilling dream of being an anthropologist.

I didn’t realize that she never got her doctorate because her thesis never got done.

I have assumed, since I first heard of her because of Barry’s sudden prominence, that she probably read Margaret Mead and fell in love with the ideas found there. Lots of free, guiltless sex with South Sea Islanders and people of other races and cultures. None of those up-tight western rules and constraints.

She died of ovarian cancer. Maybe it was ljust bad luck. Maybe it was STDs, picked up from her Margaret Mead type lifestyle. If you have multiple sexual partners with people who also have multiple sexual partners, it’s liable to have bad health consequences as well as moral consequences.


46 posted on 11/22/2008 4:32:27 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

It will probably be available soon on Amazon, as well grad school required reading lists.


47 posted on 11/22/2008 4:35:18 PM PST by tumblindice (In this school of war called life...)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Weygers has several books on smithing - I have Custom Tools for Woodworkers; The Recycling, Use, and Repair of Tools; The Making of Tools.

A very cool and very skilled guy.
48 posted on 11/22/2008 4:36:37 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth ($750 billion is nothing - surrender your children, wealth and gold fillings now to avoid the rush.)
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To: Cicero

Well, the obvious questions to ask her “close friend and thesis supervisor” Ms. Dewey are ones concerning baby boy Barry’s birth circumstances, i.e. where, when, under what conditions, etc. And also questions about where and when the loving mother got married and divorced.
Lew, in ks


49 posted on 11/22/2008 4:43:26 PM PST by laterldf
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To: WorkingClassFilth

***A very cool and very skilled guy. ***

Definitly. I bought my books back in 1975 and still read them quite often.


50 posted on 11/22/2008 4:45:31 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (NEVER FORGET TREASON!)
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