Politics & Government

Barack Obama’s mother wasn’t just a girl from Kansas

Five years before giving birth to a future presidential contender, the girl from Kansas extended her hand to Susan Botkin, a fellow ninth-grader.

“Hi. I’m Stanley,” she said, rolling her eyes. “My dad wanted a boy.”

He’d get a grandson, Barack Obama, who has almost locked up becoming the first African-American presidential nominee from a major party. Obama recently said that if his mother had lived to see his success to date, “she’d say, ‘Don’t let it get to your head. Just keep on working hard.’ But I think she’d be pretty proud.”

Convention, though, rarely fit Stanley Ann Dunham.

Read the complete story at kansascity.com.