Parade Magazine Obama interview pushes myth mother was ‘sole breadwinner’

Parade Magazine Obama interview pushes myth mother was ‘sole breadwinner’

President and Mrs. Obama granted an interview to Parade magazine to promote their Monday event, “a Working Families summit in Washington, D.C. to discuss the need for affordable childcare and paid family leave, raising minimum wage, and achieving equal pay for all.”

But in writing up the interview for the Sunday newspaper supplement, Parade editor-in-chief Maggie Murphy and former ABC reporter Lynn Sherr mangled the president’s history, leaving out the grandparents in Barack’s “dependent on single mom” story:

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According to the Pew Research Center, a record 40 percent of households with children under the age of 18 are led by mothers who, much like the president’s own mother, are either the sole or primary breadwinner for the family.

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This leaves out his mother’s parents. Obama lived a large chunk of his childhood with his grandparents in Hawaii, away from his mother. The president’s grandmother, a bank officer, supported him, including his schooling at the private Punahou Academy in Honolulu. When she died in 2008, she left her grandson almost $500,000 in bank stocks.

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