Monday, November 3, 2008
Barack Obama's Granny Transitions Just before Election
The campaign just confirmed that Obama's ailing grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, who helped raise him, died today. She was 86 and had been battling cancer. Last week, the candidate took time out from campaigning to fly home so that he could be by her bedside in Hawaii. The Obama campaign had hoped that she would live to see the outcome of the election.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, it took Obama a while to come down from the plane and the traveling press weren't sure why. Reporters now believe he had recently received the news.
Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, released this joint statement about their grandmother: "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."