From Kansas to Washington, Barack Obama's 'Story'
Photo: Courtesy of David Maraniss
President Obama's mother Stanley Ann with her parents, Madelyn and Stanley.
According to family lore, via Maraniss, she was named after her father, who wanted a boy. Another possible piece of inspiration: Madelyn's favorite actress was Bette Davis, who played a female Stanley in the 1942 movie "In This Our Life."