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BARACK OBAMA’S “UNCOMMON” MOTHER

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/08/2008

— the Seattle Times reports on Stanley Ann Dunham’s Seattle years:

Dunham gravitated toward an intellectual clique. According to former
classmate Chip Wall, she .. trekked to University District
coffee shops like the Encore to talk about jazz, the value of learning
from other cultures and the “very dull Eisenhower-ness of our parents.”

“We were critiquing America in those days in the same way we are
today: The press is dumbed down, education is dumbed down, people don’t
know anything about geography or the rest of the world,” said Wall, who
later taught at Mercer Island High and is now retired in Seattle ..

One respite was found in a wing of Mercer Island High called
“anarchy alley.” Jim Wichterman taught a wide-open philosophy course
that included Karl Marx. Next door, Val Foubert taught a rigorous dose
of literature, including Margaret Mead’s writings on homosexuality.

Those classes prompted what Wichterman, now 80 and retired in
Ellensburg, called “mothers’ marches” of parents outraged at the
curriculum.

Dunham thrived in the environment, Wichterman said.

“As much as a high-school student can, she’d question anything:
What’s so good about democracy? What’s so good about capitalism? What’s
wrong with communism? What’s good about communism?” Wichterman said.
“She had what I call an inquiring mind.”

She also showed her politics, wearing a campaign button for Adlai
Stevenson. And despite flirting with atheism, she went to services at
East Shore Unitarian church, a left-leaning congregation in Bellevue.

Here’s the link to East Shore Unitarian, the church attended by Obama’s mother and his grandparents.  One of the slogans of the church: Transform Your Faith into Justice!

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