In this week’s TIME cover story Amanda Ripley takes a look at the woman from Kansas who made the man.
Obama: “When I think about my mother, I think that there was a certain combination of being very grounded in who she was, what she believed in. But also a certain recklessness. I think she was always searching for something. She wasn’t comfortable seeing her life confined to a certain box.”
Plus: Clinton’s up 6 points in Pennsylvania in a new TIME poll.