Madelyn Dunham
Madelyn Dunham
Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham was the American maternal grandmother of Barack Obama, the 44th and current President of the United States of America. She and her husband Stanley Armour Dunham raised Obama from age ten in their Honolulu, Hawaii apartment, where on November 2, 2008, she died two days before her grandson was elected President.
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Milton Wolf To Challenge Pat Roberts For U.S. Senate Seat
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
(Corrects spelling of Wolf's first name in first paragraph) By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan. Oct 8 (Reuters) - Milton Wolf, a Tea Party activist and distant cousin of President Barack Obama, will challenge three-term Kansas U.S. Senator Pat Roberts in the 2014 Republican primary election, Wolf's campaign said on Tuesday. Wolf, 42, a radiologist, will make the formal announcement on Tuesday evening, according to his website. Campaign manager Ben Hartman confirmed his candidacy. "If you think that the career politicians in both parties have failed America, join us," Wolf said on his website. "We are building the Wolf Pack - an Army of Davids to defeat the Goliaths..." Wolf did not respond to a call or email seeking comment. Wolf said on his website that he is related to Obama through the president's mother, Ann Dunham, who was born in Kansas. Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who ...
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Southern Baptist leader: Jesus wouldn’t like health care panels
ajc - almost 5 years
On C-SPAN this morning, Richard Land, president of that arm of the Southern Baptist Convention that concerns itself with national issue, was asked by a caller to justify his opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Said Land: ”I don’t think Jesus would support the rationing panels that are in place for Obamacare. I’m getting letters every day – every day – from people who are already being rationed care since the new head of Medicare came in. They’re being told if they have terminal conditions, they can’t get treatment for other diseases. “Even Mr. Obama said that perhaps it wasn’t the best allocation of resources to give his grandmother, who was dying of cancer, a hip replacement. So I guess she can hobble around in terrible pain with a bad hip while she was dying of cancer. I don’t think that’s very Christian, ma’am.” The president’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, died of cancer at age 86 in 2008, two days before her …
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THE YOUNG MOTHER ABROAD
NYTimes - almost 6 years
The photograph showed the son, but my eye gravitated toward the mother. That first glimpse was surprising -- the stout, pale-skinned woman in sturdy sandals, standing squarely a half-step ahead of the lithe, darker-skinned figure to her left. His elas/tic-band body bespoke discipline, even asceticism. Her form was well padded, territory ceded long
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ON THE WHITE HOUSE; Personal Experience Weighs on Obama in Health Policy Debate
NYTimes - almost 8 years
In the weeks before he was elected president, Barack Obama confronted a life crisis all too common in families across America. His grandmother, who already had a diagnosis of terminal cancer, fell and broke her hip, possibly because of a mild stroke. The question became whether to replace her hip even though she was dying. As Mr. Obama recounted
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REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK; 'Hail to Chief' Ambience For President in Waiting
NYTimes - about 8 years
Two years ago, the junior senator from Illinois came here for his family's annual vacation with relatives and high school friends -- and, aides said, to make final a decision that just about everyone knew he had already made: to run for president. In what to Barack Obama was a perfect bookend to his history-making journey since then, he returned to
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Answers: The Year in Questions
NYTimes - about 8 years
UTTERANCES: 1: E. 2: I. 3: G. 4: B. 5: D. 6: A. 7: H. 8: C. 9: F. SENTENCE QUESTIONS: 10: The Large Hadron Collider. 11: Rice. 12: They were designated protest zones. 13: Hillary Clinton supporters who refused to back Barack Obama. 14: The Joker, played by Heath Ledger, in ''The Dark Knight.'' 15: The Beijing 2008 Olympic torch relay. 16: Kristi
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Obama's Zen State, Well, It's Hawaiian
NYTimes - over 8 years
Even at the end of his long journey to win the White House, one question about Barack Obama came up again and again: How did he appear to stay even-tempered and levelheaded while traveling such a grueling road? At least part of the answer can be found here on the island of Oahu. As Mr. Obama walks along the beaches while on vacation, returning to
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Obama Pays Tribute to His Grandmother After She Dies
NYTimes - over 8 years
Madelyn Dunham, who watched from afar as her only grandson rapidly ascended the ranks of American politics to the brink of the presidency, did not live to see whether he was elected. Mrs. Dunham, 86, Senator Barack Obama's grandmother, died late Sunday in Hawaii after battling cancer, which Mr. Obama announced upon arriving here on Monday for a
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OP-ED COLUMNIST; In Defense of White Americans
NYTimes - over 8 years
IT seems like a century ago now, but it was only in 2005 that a National Journal poll of Beltway insiders predicted that George Allen, then a popular Virginia senator, would be the next G.O.P. nominee for president. George who? Allen is now remembered, if at all, as a punch line. But any post-mortem of the Great Republican Collapse of 2008 must
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On Perhaps a Final Visit to a Most Beloved Supporter, Obama Returns to Hawaii
NYTimes - over 8 years
For the last 21 months, she has followed the odyssey of his presidential campaign like a spectator on a faraway balcony. She underwent a corneal transplant to see him on television. She reluctantly agreed to film a political advertisement when he urgently needed to reassure voters about his distinctive American roots. She told him during one of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Madelyn Dunham
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 85
    She and her husband Stanley Armour Dunham raised Obama from age ten in their Honolulu, Hawaii, apartment, where on November 2, 2008, she died two days before her grandson was elected President.
    More Details Hide Details Madelyn Lee Payne was born in Peru, Kansas, the eldest of four children of Rolla Charles "R.C." Payne (August 23, 1892 – October 15, 1968) and Leona Belle (McCurry) Payne (May 7, 1897 – March 22, 1968). In Barack Obama's memoir, Dreams From My Father, he describes them as "stern Methodist parents who did not believe in drinking, playing cards, or dancing." She moved with her parents to Augusta, Kansas at the age of three.
    On December 23, 2008, after a private memorial service at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, Obama and his sister scattered their grandmother's ashes in the ocean at Lanai Lookout.
    More Details Hide Details It was the same spot where they had scattered their mother's ashes in 1995. Obama was staying at Plantation Estate at the time. Madelyn Payne Dunham's heritage consists mostly of English ancestors, and smaller amounts of Scottish, Welsh, Irish, and German ancestors, who settled in the American colonies during the 17th and 18th centuries. Her most recent native European ancestor was her great-great grandfather, Robert Perry, who was born in Anglesey, Wales in 1786 and whose father, Henry Perry, first settled Radnor, Ohio in 1803. Robert Perry's wife, Sarah Hoskins, was also born in Wales and immigrated to Delaware County, Ohio as a young child. According to oral tradition, her mother had some Cherokee ancestors, although researchers have found no concrete evidence of this to date. Ancestry.com announced on July 30, 2012, that by using a combination of old documents and yDNA analysis her mother's family may be descended from African John Punch, who was an indentured servant/slave in seventeenth-century colonial Virginia. The DNA evidence suggests that Punch was of Sub-Saharan origin, possibly from Cameroon.
    In an October 23, 2008 interview with CBS News, Obama described his grandmother as follows: "She has really been the rock of the family, the foundation of the family.
    More Details Hide Details Whatever strength, discipline – that – that I have – it comes from her".
    On October 20, 2008, the Obama campaign announced that he would suspend campaign events on October 23 and 24 to spend some time with Dunham.
    More Details Hide Details His communications director told reporters that she had fallen ill in the preceding weeks, and that while she was released from the hospital the week before, her health had deteriorated "to the point where her situation is very serious."
    In a September 10, 2008 interview with the Late Show with David Letterman, Obama described his grandmother as follows:
    More Details Hide Details She can't travel. She has terrible osteoporosis so she can't fly, but, you know, she has been the rock of our family and she is sharp as a tack. I mean, she's just – she follows everything, but she has a very subdued, sort of Midwestern attitude about these things. So when I got nominated, she called and said, "That's nice, Barry, that's nice".
    In April 2008, Madelyn Dunham appeared briefly in her first campaign ad for her grandson, saying that Obama had "a lot of depth, and a broadness of view".
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    On March 20, 2008, in a radio interview on Philadelphia's WIP, Obama explained this remark by saying:
    More Details Hide Details But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know there's a reaction that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that's just the nature of race in our society. Obama's use of the phrase "typical white person" was highlighted by a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and subsequently picked up by commentators on the Huffington Post blog, ABC News and other media outlets. In a CNN interview, when Larry King asked him to clarify the "typical white person" remark, Obama said: She's not extraordinary in that regard. She is somebody that I love as much as anybody. I mean, she has literally helped to raise me. But those are fears that are embedded in our culture, and embedded in our society, and even within our own families, even within a family like mine that is diverse.
    On March 18, 2008, in a speech on race relations in Philadelphia in the wake of controversial videos of Obama's pastor Jeremiah Wright surfacing, Obama described his grandmother:
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    In 2008, she underwent both corneal transplant and hip replacement surgeries. Madelyn Dunham was generally not seen in the 2008 presidential campaign.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2008, the 85-year-old Dunham was quoted as saying, "I am not giving any interviews I am in poor health."
  • 1986
    Age 63
    She retired from the Bank of Hawaii in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details During an interview for Vanity Fair, Obama said, “She was the opposite of a dreamer, at least by the time I knew her... Whether that was always the case or whether she scaled back her dreams as time went on and learned to deal with certain disappointments is not entirely clear. But she was just a very tough, sensible, no-nonsense person.” During his teenage years, it was his grandmother who “injected” into him “a lot of that very midwestern, sort of traditional sense of prudence and hard work,” even though “some of those values didn’t sort of manifest themselves until I got older.” During an interview with Diane Sawyer, "She never got a college education, but is one of the smartest people I know... She's where I get my practical streak. That part of me that's hardheaded, I get from her. She's tough as nails." Obama said his iconic image of his grandmother was seeing her come home from work and trading her business outfit and girdle for a muumuu, some slippers and a drink and a cigarette.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1977
    Age 54
    When she returned to Indonesia in 1977 for her Masters' fieldwork, Obama stayed in the United States with his grandparents.
    More Details Hide Details Obama writes in his memoir, Dreams From My Father, stated: "I’d arrived at an unspoken pact with my grandparents: I could live with them and they'd leave me alone so long as I kept my trouble out of sight." Obama and his half-sister Maya Soetoro referred to their maternal grandmother as "Toot" — short for "tutu," the Hawaiian word for grandmother. In his book, Obama described his grandmother as "quiet yet firm", in contrast to Obama's "boisterous" grandfather Stanley. Obama considered his grandmother "a trailblazer of sorts, the first woman vice-president of a local bank." Her colleagues recall her as a "tough boss" who would make you "sink or swim", but who had a "soft spot for those willing to work hard."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1942
    Age 19
    Madelyn gave birth to their only child, a daughter named Stanley Ann, who was later known as Ann, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita on November 29, 1942.
    More Details Hide Details With Madelyn and Stanley both working full-time, the family moved to Berkeley, California, Ponca City, Oklahoma, Vernon, Texas, El Dorado, Kansas, Seattle, Washington and finally settled in Mercer Island, Washington, where Ann graduated from Mercer Island High School. In El Dorado, Kansas, Stanley had managed a furniture store while Madelyn worked in restaurants. In Seattle, Stanley worked in a bigger furniture store (Standard-Grunbaum Furniture) while Madelyn eventually became vice-president of a local bank. Mercer Island was then "a rural, idyllic place," quiet, politically conservative and all white. Madelyn and Stanley attended church at the East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue. While in Washington Madelyn attended the University of Washington although she never completed a degree. The Dunhams then moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where Stanley found a better furniture store opportunity, and Madelyn started working at the Bank of Hawaii in 1960 and was promoted to be one of the first female bank vice presidents in 1970. In 1970s Honolulu, both women and the minority white population were routinely the target of discrimination. Ann attended the University of Hawaii, and while attending a Russian language class, she met Barack Obama, Sr., a graduate student from Kenya. Stanley and Madelyn were unhappy about Ann's marriage to Obama, Sr., particularly after receiving a long, angry letter from his father who "didn't want the Obama blood sullied by a white woman."
  • 1940
    Age 17
    While in Wichita, she met Stanley Dunham from El Dorado, Kansas, and the two married on May 5, 1940, the night of Madelyn's senior prom.
    More Details Hide Details During World War II, Stanley Dunham enlisted in the Army. Madelyn worked the night shift on a Boeing B-29 assembly line in Wichita. Her brother Charlie Payne was part of the 89th Infantry Division, which liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Ohrdruf, a subcamp of Buchenwald, a fact Barack Obama has referred to in speeches.
    Madelyn was an honor roll student and one of the best students at Augusta High School, where she graduated in 1940.
    More Details Hide Details Despite her strict upbringing, she liked to go to Wichita, Kansas to see big band concerts.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Born
    Born on October 26, 1922.
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