Skip to comments.A White Woman From Kansas (your drink will come out your nose alert)
Posted on 06/03/2011 1:23:47 PM PDT by pabianice
LONDON For a long time Barack Obamas mother was little more than the white woman from Wichita mentioned in an early Los Angeles Times profile of the future president. She was the pale Kansan silhouette against whom Obama drew the vivid Kenyan figure of his absent Dad in his Bildungsroman of discovered black identity, Dreams from My Father.
Now, thanks to Janny Scotts remarkable A Singular Woman, absence has become presence. Stanley Ann Dunham, the parent who raised Obama, emerges from romanticized vagueness into contours as original as her name. Far from floating through foreign things, as one colleague in Indonesia observes, She was as type A as anybody on the team.
That may seem a far-fetched description of a woman who was not good with money, had no fixed abode and did not see life through ambitions narrow prism. It was the journey not the destination that mattered to Dunham. She was, in her daughter Maya Soetoro-Ngs words, fascinated with lifes gorgeous minutiae. To her son the president, idealism and naïveté were embedded in her.
Yet she was also a pioneering advocate of microcredit in the rural communities of the developing world, an unrivaled authority on Javanese blacksmithing, and a firm voice for female empowerment in an Indonesia of smiling or gentle oppression toward women, as she wrote in one memo for the Ford Foundation.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Color me impressed!
Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham was nothing more than the Rachel Corrie of her day, without getting herself killed.
Is it true this “White Woman From Kansas” used to take off her clothes and let others take pictures of her all naked like?
(Why yes. Yes she did!)
Don’t they have a word for girls like that back in Kansas?
(Why yes. They’re called sluts.)
She won a bunch of Gold medals in the Olympics using the alias “Mark Spitz”.
Look it up.
LOL - classic!
Spot on, bravo!
Are Stanley Dunham’s nudie pictures in the book?
Obama’s mother was Maria Skiana
So much brilliance in this family ... I guess we won't be able to see his college transcripts either.
Ick. From a 2007 Chicago Trib article: “At Mercer High School, two teachers — Val Foubert and Jim Wichterman — generated regular parental thunderstorms by teaching their students to challenge societal norms and question all manner of authority. Foubert, who died recently, taught English. His texts were cutting edge: “Atlas Shrugged,” “The Organization Man,” “The Hidden Persuaders,” “1984” and the acerbic writings of H.L. Mencken.
Wichterman taught philosophy. The hallway between the two classes was known as “anarchy alley,” and students pondered the challenging notions of Wichterman’s teachings, including such philosophers as Sartre and Kierkegaard. He also touched the societal third rail of the 1950s: He questioned the existence of God. And he didn’t stop there.
“I had them read ‘The Communist Manifesto,’ and the parents went nuts,” said Wichterman, adding that parents also didn’t want any discussions about “anything to do with sex,” religion and theology. The parental protests were known as “mothers’ marches.”
“The kids started questioning things that their folks thought shouldn’t be questioned — religion, politics, parental authority,” said John Hunt, a classmate. “And a lot of parents didn’t like that, and they tried to get them [Wichterman and Foubert] fired.”
The Dunhams did not join the uproar. Madelyn and Stanley shed their Methodist and Baptist upbringing and began attending Sunday services at the East Shore Unitarian Church in nearby Bellevue.
“In the 1950s, this was sometimes known as ‘the little Red church on the hill,’ “ said Peter Luton, the church’s senior minister, referring to the effects of McCarthyism. Skepticism, the kind that Stanley embraced and passed on to his daughter, was welcomed here.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/obama/chi-0703270151mar27-archive,0,2623808.story?page=3
Javanese blacksmithing instructions.
1. Heat something iron over a dung fueled fire.
2. Place said glowing hot item on anvil and beat with a hammer.
There, now we’re ALL experts on Javanese blacksmithing.
“To her son the president, idealism and naïveté were embedded in her.”
That’s not the only thing that was “embedded” in her.
Sounds like Stanley Ann Dunham’s parents wanted a boy. Or the nurse on duty got the name backwards - shoulda been Ann Stanley Dunham. Either way, massive confusion seems to be an inherited trait of that family’s DNA strain.
where’s the part where the left gives her a medal for dumping her kid and taking off?
Just do a search and they will show up. Three or four pix-it is obviously her.
....I said Bildungsroman in some essential sense Dreams from My Father was fictionalized....
Almost right! It was nearly pure fiction. And obama never wrote it, or anything else of consequence.
obama’s mother was a communist with a strong affinity for muslims. That explains a lot about how obama turned out.
Better move fast. I’ll bet $10 that Google is even now scrubbing the Web of every trace of her.
Actually, I had to read that garbage for a college history class, and ironically it converted me to conservatism, as I instinctively knew it was the biggest pile of horsecrap I'd ever read.
Hey, I wanna read about John Edwards’ momma. Just think, a little, tiny change in one past election, and we’d all be reading it, like it or not.
As for this one - another trashy red diaper baby.
Ditto on the crap -- I read Marx for a high school English lit class.
In an affecting passage one colleague, Don Johnston, describes how Dunham felt a little bit wistful or sad that Barack had essentially moved to Chicago and chosen to take on a really strongly identified black identity that had not really been part of who he was when he was growing up. She felt that he was distancing himself from her in a professional choice.
LOL! Blackness as a profession! Barack the Professional Negro!
gag !! hurl !!
Yeah, yeah, wasn't the little tramp noble. Got dumped by her African after he used her as a disposable scum bag, what a surprise...
I'm so tired of all the sad stories about white "baby mommas" getting mistreated by their black "baby daddies" that I'm just losing all my natural sympathy for these poor souls...
Apparently, the wallflower blossomed in HI.
“Obama Sr., who loved her and left her for Harvard.”
except that is also a lie. he remained in Hawaii after Aug 1961. SHE moved to Washington State, only weeks later.
(besides the fact that there is no record of their being married (invalid anyway, since Obama Sr was already married), no photos of them together, no friends recall them together at the time, no evidence they ever lived together, and Obama Sr.’s US STATE DEPARTMENT files don’t list Obama as his child in 1961, only his other son “Roy”.
...and his age in 1961, accord to the US State Department files, was 27, not 25 as the LFBC states. SAD didn’t even know her own husbands age?)
i never got the impression that obama had a ‘questioning nature’. he seems not the least bit curious.
As Reagan said once, ‘A Communist is someone who reads marx. An Anti Communist is someone who understands marx.’
With all the imperical evidence that collectivism fails, is it his arrogance that causes him to believe he could make it work or deep down he knows the ‘tragedy of the commons’ is the desired end?
Where's the part where she worked with Tax-Cheat Timmah's daddy in Indonesia????
That’s really funny!
AKA useful idiot
Recently, on FreeRepublic, I saw Obama referred to as "The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers." I don't know who gets the credit for it, but it's my second-favorite line ever.
Okay, since you asked--my favortie line of all time was the headline in the New York Post alluding to the demise of Ike Turner:
Ike, 76, Beats Tina to Death
“My favorite descriptive - Obama’s “almost feline coolness”
He’s cool like a spraying cat.
She liked guys of color. Didn’t care if they could take care of her and her offspring. Pop one out and push it off on the Grand parents. She had to discover the world. No time for kids.
Stanley Ann Dunham worked for Peter F. Geithner. The turbo-tax kids father.Peter was the director of the Ford Foundation. Obamas mother Ann looked over the Ford micro finance program she was developing.
Timothy spent most of his childhood in Zimbabwe, Zambia, India, Thailand and finished high school in Bangkok.To think Obama father worked for shell oil and his step father worked for Mobil oil!Peter F Geithner was also inter woven with Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers and Bob Schrank who was the author of Growing up Radical and Red in the USA!
I don’t know like about being useful, more like useless. As my husband would say, like a third tit.
These women were both looking for the meaning of life and never found it. At least Rachel Corrie died before she could mess up anyone else’s life in the process.
Her father really wanted a son. I imagine knowing that could mess up a girl, especially since she was given a boy’s name. One messed up family.
Are you sure? My read indicates it is possible that the father may be other than BHO Sr.
Uh, he didn't grow up in the Kansas type of America. He grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia, likely quite the places for bi-raciality acceptance.
The family moved to Seattle in 1955. I’d hardly call Stanley Ann a Kansas gal. Her formative years were spent in the Pacific Northwest.
The hippie skank from the “lil’ red schoolhouse” Is how I would characterize her.