Dreams from My Father is really Obama’s memoir; therefore, the characters are all people who have influenced his life. However, it's important to note that Obama has acknowledged that he has changed the names of several characters in order to protect their identities. Furthermore, he includes composite characters to assist with the flow of the of the story.
His parents are the first characters featured. His father, Barack Obama, Sr., was from Kenya, and his mother, Ann Dunham, is from Kansas. His parents divorced when Barack was young, and his father was not present for his childhood. Obama, Sr. passed away in 1982 in a car crash in Kenya. Obama’s mother remarried an Indonesian man named Lolo. Obama writes of his admiration for Lolo as a father figure. Obama’s grandparents, Toot and Gramps, took care of him while he attended a private school in Hawaii.
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