Parents Of Barack Obama
Barack Hussein Obama is a man tied at his tether to the history sheets of US’s political evolution. A lot of drama has unfolded and a lot of water has flown under the bridge, but this democratic nominee for presidentship hasn’t come unhinged by the caustic attacks of history. For the uninitiated, Barack Obama is also a junior senator from Illinois. He is a calm face of a nation reeling under serious repercussions of recessionary phase. He has withstood the Hillary Clinton’s, the Sarah Palin’s and the John Mccain’s and is quintessentially made of the fabric called grit.
Let’s delve into Barack’s past and segregate his earlier development. Any such study would be trivial and frugal without understanding, the moral flux, psyche and the behavioural demeanour of his parents. It should also be worth noting who they were and what kind of zeal and wisdom they brought to life.
Where did Obama’s parents grow up
Barack’s father was born of Luo lineage and was proud of his nativity. He carried the boots of his nativity to Nyanza province in Kenya. Barack Obama Sr. was an able servant to the British and fulfilled the duties accorded to him with great diligence. Barack’s childhood has this recurring theme of herding goats with his father. Barack’s father was groomed amidst Muslims but became an agnostic with due space of time.
Obama’s mother was shaped by the wind of Kansas. She grew up in Wichita, a province in Kansas. Ann Dunham’s father (maternal grandfather of Barack) worked in oil rigs during the great depression of 1930’s. After Japan’s intrusion of Pearl Harbor, he got enrolled in the American army to serve the nation to his fullest. World War II saw him holding fort as a soldier for Europe’s Patton Army. After the war, Ann’s family shifted to Hawaii, buying a home for their own through a federal housing program.
All along while this was happening in Obama’s mother’s life, his father meritoriously lapped up a scholarship. This resulted in his exodus from Kenyan shores and his emigration into Hawaii. At the time Hussein Obama got his fetus shaped, his parents were earning through student intern-ship at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Obama’s parents divorce
Then came the tough moment in Barack’s parent’s lives; they got detached and later divorced when Barack’s age was only two. Barack Obama Sr. went to Harvard to get one-up on his degree and thereafter returned to Kenya.
Barack Obama with his stepfather
Barack’s mother walked down the aisle with Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian student from the same university. In 1967, Lolo’s family moved to the Indonesian capital. This phase saw the birth of Maya Soetoru-Ng, Barack’s half-sister.
Barack plodded with a different language altogether while undergoing schooling at a Jakartan school. Later Barack returned to Hawaii to stay with his maternal grandparents and subsequently topped it by uniting with his mother. Barack’s mother was sacrificed to Ovarian Cancer in 1995.
In the fifth grade Obama got enrolled in the Punahou Academy where he drew sustenance from being one among the only three black students. This created quite a ripple but the issue subsided by the dint of Obama’s merit. This is also where Obama got his first taste of racism and the adverse effects of racial discrimination. Suddenly he grew up to the dictates of being an African-American. This was year 1979.
Barack clearly illustrates in his memoir how it took him a long time coping up with his more than uni-cultural lineage. The scars that the social flux created in his mind intensified the internal conflicts of such color bound heritage. Obama confessed to seeing his biological father only once prior to his death in a freak car accident in the year 1982.
Barack also confessed to taking the delinquent route with alcohol, cocaine and Marijuana owing to the many delusions created on his unripe mind.
Tracing the lineage a little further, we come to Barack’s grandparents and how his grandparent worked as a cook for missionaries in Nairobi after having spent the earlier part of his life as traveller. This is important because it was he who changed his religion from Christianity to Islam after his stay at Zanzibar. He also had several wives and could be considered polygamous.
For all the agony that the scar of African-Americanism piled on him, Barack has stood up ably vindicated by the fact that he has come up as the democratic nominee for world’s top nation.
All we can conjecture at this point in time is that somebody who was split open into two by the severe onslaught of multiracial heritage and found hard time coping with his parent’s troubled marriage must have amassed grit large enough to change the fortunes of world’s biggest nation. In this hope lies the American emancipation and also in this hope lies the fresh grooming of a race-less idealism across the global divide.