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    Filed at 3:26 pm under by dcobranchi

    A sort of almost former HEK?

    She had high expectations for her children. In Indonesia, she would wake her son at 4 a.m. for correspondence courses in English before school; she brought home recordings of Mahalia Jackson, speeches by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And when Mr. Obama asked to stay in Hawaii for high school rather than return to Asia, she accepted living apart — a decision her daughter says was one of the hardest in Ms. Soetoro’s life.


    As a mother, Ms. Soetoro was both idealistic and exacting. Friends describe her as variously informal and intense, humorous and hardheaded. She preached to her young son the importance of honesty, straight talk, independent judgment. When he balked at her early-morning home schooling, she retorted, “This is no picnic for me either, buster.”

    Sounds like a pretty tough woman. [Tip credit: Jane]

    4 Responses to “OBAMA…”

    Comment by
    March 15th, 2008
    at 10:46 pm

    Hmmm.. homeschooling at 4 AM. That’s dedication. I can see how that might make someone fantasize about goign to public school. Hehehe.

    Comment by
    March 16th, 2008
    at 10:43 pm

    You going to see him when he comes to F’ville?

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    March 16th, 2008
    at 10:57 pm

    With luck. I’ve got a business dinner scheduled for Wed. Maybe he’ll be visiting during the day.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    March 18th, 2008
    at 3:40 am

    Just got an email from the leader of the local Dems. The Obama event on Wed. is not open to the public