Obama says One of his Biggest Regrets Is Not Spending More Time with his Mom

Stanley Ann Dunham and her young son, Barack Obama. (Photo: AP)
Stanley Ann Dunham and her young son, Barack Obama.
(Photo: AP)

Two weeks before Mother’s Day, President Obama told young people in Malaysia on Sunday that one of his biggest regrets is not spending more time with his mom.

“There was a stretch of time from when I was, let’s say, 20 until I was 30 where I was so busy with my own life that I didn’t always reach out and communicate with her and ask her how she was doing and tell her about things,” Obama said during a youth town hall in Kuala Lumpur.

Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, contracted cancer and died in November 1995. She passed away less than a month before her 53rd birthday — just a year or so older than the president is now, he told his audience.

“It happened very fast, in about six months,” Obama said of his mother’s fatal illness.

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Source: USA Today | David Jackson

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