Stanley Ann Dunham was an extraordinary woman. She truly helped reshape our world. As a single mother she raised Barack Obama our 44th President. She also received a master’s and Ph.D. in anthropology before developing microcredit and financing models in Indonesia that have affected thousands of lives in a positive manner.
Her story makes a fascinating read well told by former NY Times reporter Janny Scott in A SINGULAR WOMAN.
Barack Obama’s sister Maya said of her mother, ” she was interested in the place where vision meets execution, and where the poetic and the prosaic share space. She loved the way something beautiful could speak about the spirit of both the maker and the owner; the skill and soul of the blacksmith are revealed in the keris, but so too is the desire and perspective of the buyer.”
Now that Barack Obama has achieved the magical second term, Stanley Ann’s magnificent legacy of feminine courage looms even larger.
AIR AMERICA’S IMP — FULLY AIRBORNE
In 2004 when Air America took to the radio air waves I bought an XM receiver to hear Al Franken take on Rush Limbaugh. Al Who? has since disappeared into the anonymous celebrity protection program known as the US Senate while another host, Rachel Maddow, has gone on to be a truly influential and respectable personna.
“I’m undoubtedly a liberal, which means that I’m in almost total agreement with the Eisenhower-era Republican party platform.”
Rachel’s book, DRIFT, an insightful look at the frightening phenomena, the Alzheimerization of American politics begun with Ronald Reagan is now #1 on the NY Times best-seller list.
Again on Election Night 2012, Rachel and her MSNBC colleagues (as the NY Times calls them the Anti-Fox) showed the Clueless Crew at FOX that opinions are far more powerful when linked with facts.