How a Mom’s instinct helped Young Obama



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Today is mothers’ day being celebrated by many. This Washington Post article is very informative how a mom help to Pres Barak Obama.

Today is mothers day and being celebrated in the US to honor the influence of mothers in the family & society. In US, it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. According to the Wikipedia, this mothers day differs from ‘more traditional‘ mothers day celebrated in most other parts of the world.

The History site writes that “the American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day traditionally involves presenting moms with flowers, cards and other gifts.”

A Working Mom’s Instinct

Amy Saltzman, a Washington Post writer from Chicago remembers her mom as “My Mom, the Political Power Broker“. In her mothers’ day tribute to her mom she writes that how her mom, as a trusted behind-the-scenes force in Chicago politics, met a young Barack Obama (future US President), in whom she saw vast potential. When her mom, Bettylu Saltzman, a life-long volunteer who never held any paid job, met a handsome 30-year-old fresh Harvard law graduate Barak in an voter registration at Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, my mother saw something remarkable, writes in her tribute to now 88-year old mom.

It was his presentation, his style, his looks. It was obvious to me that he was a rare person. He’s amazing. Just amazing. He’s going to be our first black president. I’m sure of it.

Bettylu Saltzman, (source: The Washington Post)

Remembering about her mom Bettylu, Amy saltzman writes “she wasn’t someone I could confide in, who would offer the empathy and support I needed. I knew there was a lot of love in her, but it seemed to me that she cared more about her political activity than anything else. Sometimes it felt like her love of politics was greater than her love of me.”

Mothers Change Us All

The New York Times has put together a interactive ‘Motherhood Changes Us All‘ in honor of Mother’s Day ‘looking at the whole messy, glorious, complicated story of identity and motherhood’.

During this coronavirus pandemic, it can be hard to know who we are as people, as the barriers between our public and maternal selves have collapsed in ways we never considered. But if there’s one thing to take away from all of these stories, it’s that your identity as a mother isn’t fixed; it’s likely to change in ways that will surprise and maybe even delight, as you and your children grow.

Source: The New York times

The Washington Post also have put together stories from eight working moms in an article titled “A working mom’s quarantine life” depicting their balancing act between careers and kids. In their stories most working moms concede that thriving is out of reach, surviving is enough during this current coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of May 10, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 11,271 (out of 111,088 tested) with 578 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of May 10, 6:30 a.m.) there are 1,309,541 confirmed covid19 infection with 78,794 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 4,044,198 with 279,609 deaths.