Obama’s Mama


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.

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