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One of the world’s top presidents but regretting spending less time with his mother.During a town hall meeting at the University of Malaya,U.S President Barack Obama told young Southeast Asians that he spent little time with his mother Ann Dunham .Dunham died from ovarian cancer in 1995 just 22 days after her  53rd birthday.

Barack Obama with  mother Ann Dunham

Young Barack Obama with mother Ann Dunham

“I regret not having spent more time with my mother,” Obama candidly told the students when asked about his life regrets. “Because she died early – she got cancer right around when she was my age, actually, she was just a year older than I am now – she died. It happened very fast, in about six months.” He lamented

“There was a stretch of time from when I was, let’s say, 20 until I was 30, where I was so busy with my own life that I didn’t always reach out and communicate with her and ask her how she was doing and tell her about things,” Obama said.

“I was nice and I’d call and write once in a while. But this goes to what I was saying earlier about what you remember in the end I think is the people you love. I realized that I didn’t – every single day, or at least more often – just spend time with her and find out what she was thinking and what she was doing, because she had been such an important part of my life.”

He said his “most important” legacy is fathering daughters Malia and Sasha, whom he said are “turning out to be wonderful young people.”

Obama took questions from people representing five different nations – Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.