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American resident (and future American president) Barack Obama, age 6, with his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, in Hawaii — where Barack was born; she is the subject of a New York Times Magazine profile:

To describe Dunham as a white woman from Kansas  turns out to be about as illuminating as describing her son as a  politician who likes golf. Intentionally or not, the label obscures an  extraordinary story — of a girl with a boy’s name who grew up in the  years before the women’s movement, the pill and the antiwar movement;  who married an African at a time when nearly two dozen states still had  laws against interracial marriage; who, at 24, moved to Jakarta with her  son in the waning days of an anticommunist bloodbath in which hundreds  of thousands of Indonesians were slaughtered; who lived more than half  her adult life in a place barely known to most Americans, in the country  with the largest Muslim population in the world; who spent years  working in villages where a lone Western woman was a rarity; who  immersed herself in the study of blacksmithing, a craft long practiced  exclusively by men; who, as a working and mostly single mother, brought  up two biracial children; who believed her son in particular had the  potential to be great; who raised him to be, as he has put it jokingly, a  combination of Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and Harry Belafonte; and then died at 52, never knowing who or what he would become. 

(Photo via friends and family of Stanley Ann Dunham / The New York Times)

American resident (and future American president) Barack Obama, age 6, with his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, in Hawaii — where Barack was born; she is the subject of a New York Times Magazine profile:

To describe Dunham as a white woman from Kansas turns out to be about as illuminating as describing her son as a politician who likes golf. Intentionally or not, the label obscures an extraordinary story — of a girl with a boy’s name who grew up in the years before the women’s movement, the pill and the antiwar movement; who married an African at a time when nearly two dozen states still had laws against interracial marriage; who, at 24, moved to Jakarta with her son in the waning days of an anticommunist bloodbath in which hundreds of thousands of Indonesians were slaughtered; who lived more than half her adult life in a place barely known to most Americans, in the country with the largest Muslim population in the world; who spent years working in villages where a lone Western woman was a rarity; who immersed herself in the study of blacksmithing, a craft long practiced exclusively by men; who, as a working and mostly single mother, brought up two biracial children; who believed her son in particular had the potential to be great; who raised him to be, as he has put it jokingly, a combination of Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and Harry Belafonte; and then died at 52, never knowing who or what he would become.

(Photo via friends and family of Stanley Ann Dunham / The New York Times)