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Friends reflect on legacy of Obama's mother

  • Andra Wisnu

    The Jakarta Post

Sanur   /   Fri, November 14 2008   /  11:13 am

If he had not been raised by a loving mother, Barack Obama may not have inspired the millions of people who voted to elect him as president of the United States, friends of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, say. In a panel session, "Ann Dunham Soetoro: An East-West Center Legacy", or what many probably thought of as more of a reunion of Ann's friends and colleagues, testimony after testimony was delivered on the person many only knew as U.S. president-elect Barack Obama's mother. The discussion, held on Thursday, was part of a three-day conference of the East-West Center, organized under the theme "Building an Asia-Pacific Community Unity in Diversity" at Sanur Paradise Hotel. The conference featured panels on key issues, including democracy and Islam, global warming, gender and sociocultural subjects and volunteerism. The one theme that recurred in testimonies given by the pane...