Lauren Saccone
Updated Jan 02, 2017 @ 9:47 am
President Obama Holds Year-End Press Conference
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President Obama has always spoken fondly of his mother, Ann Dunham. From reminiscing about his childhood in his autobiography to extolling her courage as a single parent during his formative years, the President has never been one to mince words when it comes to his late mom. And in a recent interview, President Obama shared most important lessons he learned from his mother.

Discussing his non-traditional upbringing (Obama was born in Hawaii and raised by his mother and grandparents after his father abandoned the family when he was around 2 years old, Obama emphasized that through all the tumult and turbulence, one lesson from his mother kept him going. In an interview for David Axelrod’s podcast, he explained:

President Obama’s mother was just 18 when she gave birth to him; their closeness in age brought about its own sort of advantages and disadvantages (as anyone with a younger parent can attest).

President Obama’s mother passed away in 1995, but the lessons of unconditional love she taught him have made a profound impact on his life and how he raised his own children.

Now if you’ll excuse us, we seem to have something in our eyes.