13. He Was Beloved By His Maternal Grandparents
There is no denying the charisma Barack Obama inherited from many of his family members, but his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, were instrumental in his formative years.
As stated, they served as his parents during much of his childhood, and during his high school years in Hawaii. Being a white couple from Wichita, Kansas, they were quite progressive for a duo steeped in modern era thinking.
The opposite was true for Barack’s paternal grandfather, who didn’t approve of Barack Sr. pursuing a relationship with a white woman. Nonetheless, Barack Jr. enjoyed a great relationship with his grandparents, and they beamed in his presence.
Barack never questioned the love he received from his grandparents, but he has remained candid about his drug use during his teen years, trying to understand who he was as a multiracial young man looking for acceptance in the world.