quote:Originally posted by Vox:
And on HB's main point, how did Barack succeed at it, since he wasn't brought up in one?
I've been pondering this topic for a while and thought this was a salient question to raise (which I missed the first time around) in defense of those of us who don't come from traditionally nuclear families. I suspect that Barack learned how to pick excellent role models in his grandparents and in Michelle Robinson's family and actively internalized what he observed.
It's also obvious to me that the Robinson parents embraced him, without qualification, as their own son (which, imo, doesn't occur often enough in the AA unions I've seen). Tradition involves belonging. Without belonging, it's hard to "keep down roots".