Monday, November 3, 2008

Breaking News: Obama's Grandma Madelyn Dunham passed away..

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The Obama campaign has just released a statement that Obama's maternal grandmother Madelyn Dunham who was influential in raising him, has passed away.

Barack Obama visited his grandmother a week ago, as she was severely ill. I'm just glad he got that chance, in his busy schedule to at least say his goodbye.

This is the official statement from the Obama Campaign on behalf of Barack Obama and his sister:

"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."

This is a sad day, it's sad that she will miss seeing her grandson become President of the United States. I think it's sad that she came this close, but didn't make it to the finish line.  I am greatful for the woman, she raised a wonderful grandson, and her integrity shows through in the way Obama leads.

I wonder though, if this will affect the election at all - what say you?

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