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Filed under: political musings, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 3:41 pm


As an explanation: I know only how to post one picture per entry so I am composing this backwards, with the text to come last. Be patient, as it will take some time. The reason for it is that Barack OBama’s “white side” seems to be overlooked and I find them quite interesting, particularly his mother and grandmother who raised him. I would have liked knowing them. (Links to follow)

The girl is Stanley Ann Dunham (mother of Barack Obama) who is shown with her parents, Stanley Dunahm and Madelyn Payne Dunham. Madelyn Dunham was the nurturing grandmother who was figured significantly in his early life.

“Madelyn Payne, was born in the oil boomtown of Augusta, to stern Methodist parents who did not believe in drinking, playing cards or dancing. She was one of the best students in the graduating class of 1940. And, in ways that would foretell the flouting of conventions by her daughter Stanley Ann, Madelyn was different.”

“They secretly married on the spring weekend of the annual junior-senior banquet in 1940, Madelyn’s senior year, several weeks before graduation, according to friends. Continuing to live with her parents, Madelyn didn’t tell them about her marriage until she got her diploma in June. The news was not a big hit at the Payne family home, but parental objections didn’t matter.”

“When World War II came, Stanley enlisted in the Army. Madelyn became a Rosie-the-Riveter at Boeing Co.’s B-29 production plant in Wichita. And Stanley Ann Dunham arrived in late November 1942.”

“The Dunhams were full-time working parents, renters and strugglers in pursuit of the next opportunity. After the war, Madelyn worked in restaurants while Stanley managed a furniture store on Main Street in El Dorado.”

“Mack Gilkeson, a retired engineering professor who grew up in El Dorado and knew both Madelyn and Stanley, has watched their now-famous grandson too. “If I were to squint my eyes and look at Barack,” he said, “I’d almost see his grandparents.”

[For more stories and pictures on Barack Obama and his family, click on “Barack Obama” under “categories” on the right navigation bar.]


  1. I see his resemblance to his grandfather.

    Comment by — 2/7/2008 @ 2:30 pm

  2. Obama’s grandfather resembles Paul Newman in this picture. Handsome grandparents.

    Comment by Peg Britton — 3/2/2008 @ 12:49 pm

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