Stanley Anne Dunham did not doubt that her son would become any less of the man he dreamed of being. Sadly, she was no longer around to see the day he reached his dream and made history as the first African-American President of the United States.
Recently, Barack Obama paid tribute to his late mother in an Instagram post that was accompanied by an old photo of Dunham carrying her son on her lap, while both smiled at the camera. Obama had nothing but kind words of praise for his mom, who taught him and his sister, Maya, about morals, values, diversity, acceptance, and respect.
She believed that helping others rise instead of watching them fall made a person powerful.
He wrote: “She was always certain that in the face of justice and humanity’s moral primal impulses, logic and progress would always prevail.” Dunham was a principled woman who sought the best for her children and raised them to be the best they could. She was a young mother, pregnant at 17 with Obama, whose father, Barack Obama Sr., hailed from Kenya.
Before her end of life due to ovarian can-cer, she was awarded a Ph. D. in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii. The former President was born and raised in Hawaii for the first few years of his life, sadly, without his father, who separated Dunham in 1964. Two years later, she married an Indonesian native, Lolo Soetoro, who made them move to his country soon after. In Indonesia, Obama attended school and learned English with the persistence of his mother, believing that such language skills would lead to great opportunities in college and beyond.
Young Barack Obama with his mother pic.twitter.com/gpZym1068z— History In Pictures (@HistoryInPics) October 7, 2014
Obama moved back to Hawaii after four years and was raised by his grandparents. Still, Dunham thought about her son, worked hard for his education, and returned a few times to be with him. Obama achieved what his mother hoped for him — a good education and a bright future. However, she was no longer alive when he made his most significant achievement yet, winning the 2008 Presidential Election.
Dunham lost her life in 1995, at the age of 52, and a few days short of her 53rd birthday. Before her end of life due to ovarian can-cer, she was awarded a Ph. D. in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii. She dedicated much of her career studying blacksmiths in Indonesia, where she resided, and wrote over a thousand pages long dissertation. Her legacy and life lessons live on through her successful children.
This is how people reacted to this post:
Jean Sanders: “He had those happy eyes and that beautiful smile even when he was young. His mom is beautiful.”
Ann Ortiz: “Yes yes yes beautiful beautiful pic.and I love it. A beautiful mother with her handsome son and I love it God is great all the time”
Mary Devine: “How did he cope with all that whiteness between his Mother and grandparents who gave him everything”
Michele Joubert: “To Barack Obama’s mom: You did an amazing job raising your son. He has good manners, a beautiful smile, a great sense of humor, and he’s empathetic. He works hard and he’s smart. Our nation was very fortunate to have him as our leader. Thank you!”
Linda Mc Govern Buback: “Surprised she is WHITE! too bad he didn’t listen to her and follow her respect for this country and the AMERICAN PEOPLE”
Jan Radil Arnold: “I am so not interested in this past president, as far as I was concerned his 8 years were a failure ,& I just wish he would go away…”
Loretta Ollis: “A beautiful lady but using Mom to look like a innocent, good boy. From then till now, If Iwere his Mom, I would be totally embarrassed and ashamed.”
This article was originally published on the news.amomama.com