Monday, November 3, 2008

Obama's grandmother dies in the last hours of his campaign

Barack Obama with grandparents Stanley Armour and Madelyn Dunham in the 1980s. Photo courtesy of Obama campaign.


This just breaks my heart.

Politico reports:

Barack Obama found out this morning that his grandmother had died in the last hours of his campaign for president, spokeswoman Jen Psaki tells Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown.

A statement from Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng:

It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.

Our family wants to thank all of those who sent flowers, cards, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time. It brought our grandmother and us great comfort. Our grandmother was a private woman, and we will respect her wish for a small private ceremony to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to any worthy organization in search of a cure for cancer.

Psaki said Dunham died between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Eastern Time this morning.
Resquiat in Pace, Madelyn Dunham.


Victoria Marinelli said...

I burst into tears when I heard. By all accounts, what an incredible woman. At least she got to vote some weeks ago - and passed away at a time when all indications were that her grandson would win. I can imagine her smiling and saying "whew, my work here is done."

JoJo said...

I am so, so bummed out. I wanted her to live to see him elected. That she could have lived to see the day where an African American mad elected to this nation's highest office AND it's her grandson.

LarryE said...
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LarryE said...

I wasn't surprised. When I heard her birthday was Sunday, I thought "uh-oh."

It occurs to a statistically-significant degree that people who have been sick for a long time die not long after their birthday. It's as if they reached a milestone and said "okay, time to rest now."

I'm sure she died knowing that whatever happens, the man she raised is going to be okay.

screamin puma said...

so sad :(