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Barack Obama's Grandmother Dies

Sen. Barack Obams and his sister issued the following statement this afternoon:

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."

Update:

Senator John McCain and Mrs. Cindy McCain issued the following statement on the passing of Barack Obama's grandmother:

"We offer our deepest condolences to Barack Obama and his family as they grieve the loss of their beloved grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them as they remember and celebrate the life of someone who had such a profound impact in their lives."


Our thoughts and prayers are with the enitire Obama family as well.


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Comments (21)

Condolences to her loved on... (Below threshold)
Captain America:

Condolences to her loved ones. God rest her soul.

Now, will ACORN still get her to vote?

May she rest in peace.... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

May she rest in peace.

Wonder if she admitted to s... (Below threshold)
GianniD:

Wonder if she admitted to someone before she passed where he was actually born?

Jeez, comments 1 and 3, cou... (Below threshold)

Jeez, comments 1 and 3, could you be any more inappropriate?

Well, I would vote for m... (Below threshold)
sara connors:

Well, I would vote for mcCain

RIP... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

RIP

That's very sad news. She ... (Below threshold)
Tim:

That's very sad news. She just missed out on seeing if her grandson made it to the top. She has a front row seat now.

Very sad. Condolences to h... (Below threshold)

Very sad. Condolences to her family.

Dead grandmother? You just... (Below threshold)
captaindawg:

Dead grandmother? You just pruduce a corpse and I'll se if I can... dig up you daughter.

Anyone? Anyone?

Obviously there are some po... (Below threshold)

Obviously there are some posters here who have never had anyone close to them die. Yet. Unless they have sociopathic or psychopathic tendencies, they may live to regret their words.

Politics is never more important than life. I feel sorry for Barack that he is not in a position to mourn as he may need to.

As an Obama supporter I tha... (Below threshold)
Cockroach:

As an Obama supporter I thank most of you for showing proper respect. This time I am not being sarcastic. Most of you are being genuinely respectful.

My condolences to Barack Ob... (Below threshold)
Patrick:

My condolences to Barack Obama and his family for their loss. I doubt you will see anywhere the degree of hatred that was heaped upon Tony Snow's family by the vermin at the liberal blogs like the Daily Kos. That was so far beyond anything remotely acceptable and I hope they rot in hell for what they said about a fine American like Tony.

Jeez, comments 1 and 3, ... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Jeez, comments 1 and 3, could you be any more inappropriate?

They could, but this isn't the Daily Kos.

May she rest in peace and m... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

May she rest in peace and may God give the Obamas peace and solice in their time of pain.

let us offer a silent thank... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

let us offer a silent thanks to the person perhaps the most responsible for the obama presidency:

thanks, george w bu$h.....

Raises an interesting point... (Below threshold)
sanssoucy:

Raises an interesting point, though; if someone uses early voting, do they need to still be alive on election day for it to count?

My heart goes out to anyone... (Below threshold)

My heart goes out to anyone who loses someone they love. May they find peace in their good memories.

Raises an interest... (Below threshold)
Cockroach:
I hope the family is holdin... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

I hope the family is holding up well. The loss of a loved one is always hard enough, but to have it at a time of intense public scrutiny is much harder.

I do feel sorry for Barack,... (Below threshold)
Cliff:

I do feel sorry for Barack, if he does win, it'll be a very strange victory. I know how I felt after my Grandmother died.

That said, and I really don't mean to be inappropriate, but from a political standpoint, just how lucky is this guy? I mean, talk about a walking advertisement for sympathy votes. His grandmother could have died 3 months ago or two days from now and it wouldn't do anything for him. But now, it'll probably get him a few sympathy votes.

That said, whatever. I feel bad for him and hope he is able to find some time to grieve and put things in perspective should he be elected. His Grandmother did sound like a really great woman, and I'm sure she'd be proud that her grandson had gone so far.

Our prayers and love go t... (Below threshold)
mf:

Our prayers and love go to her and her loved ones.




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