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Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

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Barack Obama with grandparents, 1979

Courtesy of AP Images.

In 1975, Ann Dunham-Soetoro returned to Indonesia to continue her work on her PhD. Obama decided to stay in Hawaii and complete high school there. Reluctantly Dunham-Soetoro agreed. During the next four years he spent summer holidays and Christmases with his mother and the school year with his grandparents Madelyn and Stanley. Obama called his grandmother "Toot," short for the Hawaiian "tutu," meaning grandparent. Obama has repeatedly credited his grandmother as one of his greatest influences in life. Though she died days before his election to the presidency and could not share in his victory, she was able to cast a vote for her grandson before passing. This photo was taken at his high school graduation in 1979.

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