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Barack Obama's Grandmother Dies On Eve Of Election

Barack Obama's Grandmother Dies On Eve Of Election

Sen. Barack Obama‘s grandmother died of cancer at age 86 in Honolulu, his campaign said this afternoon.

The 47-year-old Democratic presidential nominee and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, 38, released this joint statement about Madelyn Dunham (their maternal grandmother): “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.”

RIP.

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  • amazed

    I cannot not believe the racist vitriolic words that have been written here about a decent man and his grandmother. I more and more fear for our country.What narrow minded people we are. I hope and pray Obama wins so that he can bring reconciliation, thoughtful analysis and a skilled management team to our country nearly destroyed by 8 years of George W.

  • amazed

    I cannot not believe the racist vitriolic words that have been written here about a decent man and his grandmother. I more and more fear for our country.What narrow minded people we are. I hope and pray Obama wins so that he can bring reconciliation, thoughtful analysis and a skilled management team to our country nearly destroyed by 8 years of George W.

  • hmmm

    This is not good sign for Obama, it means he will not win. His grandma didn’t have confident in him and she died one day before election.

  • Original jpf

    Jared, your site has officially become something I never thought it would which is “not much different/better than Dlisted or Perez Hilton.”

    It’s the price of progress and growth and competiveness and I get that, and I am sincerely happy for your success even if I’m more than a bit sad that what once was is no more. All there seems to be now is a dominance by more and more posters who have been given the freedom to set a tone that has the sole purpose of turning a blog as negative, vile, violent and unwelcoming as possible and I’m truly saddened by it.

    I will always be grateful that I knew it back when, and I do wish you continued success.

    jpf

  • agree 103

    i can’t believe she didn’t hang on just a little longer. Normally, when the sick and dying have something to look forward to, it makes them stronger, at least in the short term. Apparently, this is not a good sign for Obama.

  • Women for Obama

    My heartfelt condolences go out to Barack and Maya and the rest of their family. They are in our hearts and prayers. Rest in peace, Mrs. Dunham.

  • pr person

    May she rest in peace.

    Obama/Biden 08

  • obamaforfuture

    #103 and #105

    you both are full of baloney! Are you two teenagers or just idiots?

  • pop86

    How sad

  • not me

    oh, how sad. She raised a fine man who will lead us out of the disaster Bush pout us in. God is looking after her for the great job she had done in raising Obama.

  • Katie N

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mr. Obama. May god bless you and your family. More importantly may god bless our country with you as president.

  • steph

    my prayers go out to his family. RIP
    it is so sad that she died just one day before the election.

    those of you that are only worried about the so-called “sympathy votes,” you should be ashamed. he did not kill his grandmother. he doesn’t want sympathy votes. he wasn’t the one that released the information. she died early this morning and the public was informed later in the day.

    understand that if Obama wins the election, it is not due to sympathy votes. it’s because the majority of the American people found him as the better pick of the two. if any American is stupid enough to give a sympathy vote, they should not have that right.

  • melanie

    We’re praying for you Barack and family,<3
    This is very upsetting :( I wish she could’ve made it to election day, too see her grandson become all that he could be.
    Prayers go out to Barack’s family and friends.

  • laura

    may she rest in peace.

    can’t wait for tomorrow! my vote goes to OBAMA :)

  • laura

    and please, he only wants to raise taxes for ppl who make above 250,000 a year. my uncle makes about 120,000 a year and he was able to purchase a beautiful 3 million dollar house in Beverly Hills and live it up. i make about 60,000 and im able to live comfortably with my hubby while still paying my taxes. so anyone making 250,000 or above shouldn’t complain. because in all honesty, you’re pretty damn rich.

  • nk

    Rest in peace. She passed away knowing Obama will become our next president. She died a happy woman.

  • nikkie

    Let me just say this. I am not a mccain/ Palin supporter. If the shoe was on the other foot and it was one of their loved ones that passed away such as has been for obama, i would not get on here and say heartless and selfish comments.

    you people that said these comments need to get a life and you will burn in hell for what you are saying. If you dont belive in heaven and hell you day is comming. So start beliving fuckers.

  • anonymous

    So sad. She seems like she was a really interesting person. He is so lucky he had her. It seems obvious they realized she was in her last days. At that point you can take a turn at any time and it’s over pretty quickly. But why didn’t he take his daughters to say goodbye – they’re plenty old enough. Didn’t Michelle want to say goodbye?

  • [☆I n F a m o u s☆]

    obama will be the next president no matter what you racist rednecks type.

  • http://none maria

    I want to send my symathy.She will be miss.

  • angel

    he is a great man, great leader and we need him to guide this country he’s the only one who cares about the middle class people and the rest, everybody is losing their jobs with notthing to do rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer and our money is wasted some else in other countries when we need help ourselves may god with him and his family he’s a god is send , brilliant leader and we need him to guide us i pray every day and night that he wins and i know god is listening..

  • angel

    to : leached photo #30

    Mccain + palin + disaster

    and you said most women are jealous of palin because she’s pretty and smart and a gogetter.

    well i should say for sure she is better than you but not other women she is ugly , idiot and old and looks like a village woman don’t mistaken a blabber mouth with a go getter.

  • ERICKA

    My heart goes out to the Obama/Dunham family. What a bittersweet day tomorrow is going to be for him. I wish him and his family all the best.

    Even if you arn’t voting for him you shouldn’t be rude.
    *ignoring all the negative/evil comments*

  • ERICKA

    My heart goes out to the Obama/Dunham family. What a bittersweet day tomorrow is going to be for him. I wish him and his family all the best.

    Even if you arn’t voting for him you shouldn’t be rude.
    *ignoring all the negative/evil comments*

  • OH SNAP

    omg RIP

    my prayers are with the obama family

    everybody vote obama!!! nov 4 yall

  • geezzzzzzzzzzz

    WTF @ # 30″ It’s very pathetic when someone has to tamper with the photo of his grandmother. I know she was fair skinned but it is obvious that it has been photoshopped.”

    ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND OR YOU’RE JUST A RACIST? WHAT DOES HER SKIN COLOR HAS TO DO WITH ANYTHING? HE IS HALF WHITE AND NO I AM NOT VOTING FOR HIM BECAUSE HE’S BLACK, I AM VOTING FOR HIM BECAUSE HE HAS BETTER POLICIES THAN McCAIN’S.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

  • Kenzie

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family ! <3
    I’m french and I’m 15 years old but I don’t know , I really wanna see Barack Obama winning those elections ! I’ve send him a letter where I writed why I want him to win .
    The USA need changes !
    The USA need Barack Obama !
    You know , I hope that today , he’s gona be the next american president , but I don’t know if the USA are ready to have a black president.

    So I respect all the people who are for Mc Cain , it’s theïr choice but for all the people who still don’t know :

    OBAMA 08 = The Good Choice !

    PS : Sorry for my bad english , I’m french !
    - Kenzie –
    If you want to tell me what you think about this comment , you can be for Obama or Mc Cain , this is my email adress : arubagirlsfan@hotmail.fr

  • asdfas

    may she rest in peace, she sounds like a good woman.

  • me

    There are some mean people on this board and those MEAN people are Obama fans. No one on this board said anyone did anything to his grandmother. You are all sick. Someone said they thought it was strange that she died before the election and that is true. I don’t think anyone expected her to die now.

    I’m not a fan of Obama for president, but I’ll tell you one thing. If most of the people here that claim to be supporting him are expressing their true feelings and thoughts, go away because Obama or any candidate would not want YOU for their supporters. You need to look at yourselves in the mirror. You are disgusting. For instance:

    To #126 – In my opinion, the photo looks like it has been photoshopped. Did anyone say make a comment about black/white? You are a sick racist for even reading such sick thoughts into an innocent comment!

    #112 –
    steph – You are the most disturbed individual here. Who in God’s name said he killed his grandmother? One of these days you will falsely accuse the wrong person. It is a crime to accuse someone of that. You are a sad indiviidual.

    I don’t support Obama. I’m glad. Because I’ve seen the types of people that are his supporters on this board. None of you knew his grandmother, yet you are acting like you did via your comments. I can sympathize but my day was not affected by this news. God help you all be better people.

    Sympathy to the family.

    It is obvious that some people just use the Internet to attack others and blow off some steam.

    I’ll bet #126 and “steph” and others wouldn’t have made those comments if they had to sign their name. Cowards!

    McCain Palin 08

  • Danny, new york

    IT’S OFFICIAL THE REPUBLICANS HAVE A MONOPOLY ON VILLAGE IDIOTS ….PALIN = BUSH – VAGINA.

    OBAMA PRESIDENT OF USA – GET OVER IT HATERS!!!!!!

  • Mondo Bongo!

    RIP~ Madelyn Dunham

    Just back from the polls… I got your grandson’s back… U bet you!

  • voe

    sorry angel, Obama hasn’t done anything to prove himself a great leader. To me he’s the great liar.

  • http://topgelato.com/obamas-grandmother-died-because-of-cancer/ Arleigh

    I’ve heard it as well. It is just good to know that McCains set aside their political campaigns but giving such statement which warms Obama’s heart

  • tatjana

    oh man,thats really sad,now she isnt going to know who will be the next president,but barack obama,i want you to know,that i am going always to be on you side
    AND I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST
    everybody knows that you are a great people and i hope that you are going to win !!!!

    ps.:i am living in germany and i am coming from jugoslavia

  • tatjana

    i cant vote,so
    PLEASE VOTE FOR OBAMA

  • alekziel

    How sad , thinking about his grandma and presidental election at the same time. wow

  • kk

    srr fo the lost

  • kk

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • tatjana

    yeah!obama won,i wish you all the best barack obama

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