Who or What I Will Become

From a NYT Mag profile on Stanley Ann Dunham, Barack Obama’s mother:

“…and then (she) died at 52, never knowing who or what he would become.

Obama, why'd you shave?

Obama, why'd you shave?

… I’m going to call my mom today and tell her that I’m going to be mentioned in the same breath as Tina Fey, just so she always knows.

And then I’m gonna go do it, just in case she keeps eternal tabs on me.

I’m not tryna lie to my mom.

An awfully pixelated version of my favorite Mom&I picture.

An awfully pixelated version of my favorite Mom&I picture.

If you’re wondering what I’m trying to do with my life, it’s this:

Mindy Kaling. Tina Fey. Amy Poehler. Bernadette Anat.

Though you need an extra syllable to say my name, I hope one day people have the patience to keep mine in the lineup. I want to empower girls via funny: Acting funny, writing funny, video funny, creating smiles, lifting spirits. And I want to keep it real classy 24/7, the way these women do.
And I want my mom to know I did it, too.

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Original Article:

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)

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