The picture of a presidential family

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

When President Obama was sworn in yesterday, he was surrounded by family. That family was a rainbow of colors and ethnicities including his Kenyan step-grandmother, his Indonesian-American half-sister, Michelle Obama's black cousins and brother, his Chinese-Canadian brother-in-law, and a rabbi. It is quite a change from the typical white Protestant presidential family. To discuss this changing American portrait we are joined by New York Times' writer Jodi Kantor.

For more, read Jodi Kantor's article, In First Family, a Nation’s Many Faces, in today's New York Times.

"Catholic passed for exotic."
— The New York Times' Jodi Kantor on the long history of White House residents being white and Protestant and how that is changing with the Obamas


Jodi Kantor

Comments [2]

Azterrah Burkett from glenside,pa.19038

I am having my first grand daughter and would like to name her after the daughter of our president and first lady,Maliyah but would like the correct spelling.
My son's d.o.b. is 8/4/80,my birthday is 1/16/52 and many other similarities.
G.Azterrah Burkett

Sep. 10 2010 01:35 AM

i love yall you look so beautful oh darling

Mar. 24 2010 11:10 AM

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