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The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Award-winning reporter Janny Scott talks about Stanley Ann Dunham, President Barack Obama’s mother. To write A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother, Scott interviewed nearly 200 of Dunham'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 this independent woman's inspiring and nontraditional life. Scott shows how Dunham shaped the man Obama is today.

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Janny Scott

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Comments [4]

a g from n j

the first two comments [chronologically] are beyond silly, so i won't bother responding.

May. 05 2011 11:59 AM
PurpleGirl from Woodside, NY

I heard Janny Scott on NY1 last night; talking with show host (forget his name) and they touched on President Obama's self-identification as black. You realize that he didn't have too much choice as his skin is "black". Do you really think he could tell someone he's "white"?

The NY Times at an article by Ms. Scott recently and I look forward to reading the book. Stanley Ann Dunham sounds like a remarkable woman.

May. 05 2011 09:40 AM
glork from Glen Ridge, NJ

I used to think that Barack Obama was bi-racial too until I realized that he identifies soley as black. Oh, until the Trump birth certificate issue heralded the start of the election season and in SUCH a coincidence-this book appears. How fortuitous. Is it too late for many single white women to get interested in voting for someone who has fully denied their mom. Or maybe we're just not all that interested
at this point.
Happy Mother's Day, all!

May. 04 2011 01:28 PM
Charlie Roberts from Highlands, NJ

If Barack Obama is the first black President of the United States . . . does that mean that Derek Jeter is the first black shortstop for the New York Yankees?

Why is it that President Obama keeps being referred to as "black" but never Jeter when, in fact, they both come from a similar racial mix?

May. 04 2011 12:44 PM

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