Profile of the Illinois Senator's mother shows the profound impact she had on his life.
They say behind every good man is a great woman. Well, in Barack Obama's case, he appears to have had two great women in his life--his wife, Michelle, and his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro, who succumbed to ovarian cancer in 1995.
Obama's mother was the subject of a recent in-depth profile in the New York Times . While the presidential candidate did not participate in the piece, it painted a compelling portrait of the ambitious and selfless single mom who raised Obama--sometimes with oceans and continents between them--to be the man he is today.
According to the Times, two of Obama's biggest regrets in his life include not being at his mother's bedside when she passed away and not focusing more on his relationship with his mother when he wrote his memoir Dreams from My Father. In the preface of the book, Obama writes, "I think sometimes that had I known she would not survive her illness, I might have written a different book--less a meditation on the absent parent, more a celebration of the one who was the single constant in my life. I know that she was the kindest, most generous spirit I have ever known, and that what is best in me I owe to her."
Are there things you've never said to your own mom but would like to?