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Barack Obama: Goodbye, Grandma!

Barack Obama: Goodbye, Grandma!

President-elect Barack Obama and his half-sister Maya attend a memorial service for their grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, on Tuesday at at the First Unitarian Church in Honolulu in Oahu, Hawaii.

Obama, Maya and long-time family friend Bobby Titcomb were seen scattering flower petals and his grandmother’s ashes in the sea at Lanai Lookout.

Madelyn, whom Obama called “Toot,” died on the eve of the election. Her absentee ballot (obviously for Obama) was cast before her death and was still counted as an official vote for her grandson.

10+ pictures inside of Barack Obama saying goodbye to grandma…

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# 1

It’s pretty pathetic that he invited the paparazzi. Is everybody a FAME *****?

# 3

This is a very private moment and I find it incredibly distasteful for it to be on a gossip/celebrity news website.

# 4

The paparrazzi weren’t invited. It’s a shame that he isn’t given the same level of respect that other presidents have received. He is spied on in his private moments and his wife and his children as well. My prayers are with him and his sister and family for the death of his grandmother, but I had no need to see these pictures. Shame on the people who stole this private moment from his family and shame on the people who publish the pictures too, Jared.

# 5
You mention a friend and not @ 12/24/2008 at 11:02 am

Obama’s sister? Toot’s only other grandchild besides Obama is grandaughter Maya Soetoro-Ng who is also in the pictures.

Also ATTN…Who? #1. Are you this foolish offline too? And the press wouldn’t be following the new leader of the free world without a call from the PRESIDENT ELECT? Damn, people like you are simply frightning. Just dumb and in need of attention the only way you know how to get it, and that’s by saying stupid ****.

# 6

#1 You’re an idiot. Photographers will follow the president anywhere he goes. He doesn’t have to invite them.

# 7

Barack Obama is soooooooooooooo HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT
HOTTEST president of all time!!!!!!!! HOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

# 8

Beautiful tribute. Shame the paps wouldn’t give them their privacy.

# 9

#1′s a moron….. you think Obama called the paps and said, “come get this money shot?”

you idiot…..

Why are you posting these pics Jared!?!?

I agree w/ Anon. I think it is horrible that he is covered by the paparazzi like a common celebrity.

Obama is actually likes his privacy. He’s mentioned how he wants his family to live a normal life. Why would he ever want to invite paps to snap pictures of him and his family whenever they go out? But as a public figure and President-elect, he is followed around constantly unfortunately. But at least, we get to see that he goes through hard times like we do and he’s “not just a common celebrity.” He’s well-educated and well-rounded and WAY better than any celebrity.

I’m pretty sure this is a celebrity blog. Why in the hell am I looking at this politician?

shoes4life @ 12/24/2008 at 12:07 pm

The reason he is followed is because of his popularity and unfortunately that celebrity-like popularity has made him a papparazi target, no matter what he do. At least until the secret service do their job and kick some papparazi ass, then this invasion of their privacy will stop.

If the secret service don’t stop it now it is only going to get worse. I imagine they will get a hold of their intruding asses once a photo of the Obama family appears on the internet from inside the White House.


I like that Obama’s family is so diverse- Asian, African, and American.

Folks, if Obama did not want the press there, they wouldn’t be allowed within 5 miles of the him. Even the paps don’t mess with the Secret Service. Nice tribute, but can you say photo-op?

#1 and 16, you’re both idiots. The man did not invite the paps to snap photos of him and his family scattering ashes. Unfortunately, the paps were on public property and were using lenses long enough to capture a private moment. And Maddy, if you think the Secret Service can cordon off five miles of public property to ensure the President-elect’s privacy you are not only an idiot but an uninformed fool. Happy holidays!

maddy there is such a thing a long lense.

It’s sad that photographers took a picture of such an intimate moment.

Maddy, you seem like a dumb person.

Sheepskin is best @ 12/24/2008 at 1:49 pm

This is a private moment. I guess the paps have no shame.

GG, you seem like a dumb person.

dumb fucks @ 12/24/2008 at 3:22 pm

Maddy, you’re an idiot.

1. Do you know what LONG LENSE SHOTS are??? Do you know how powerful and how far of a shoot those cameras can get??

2. There is no way Secret Service can block anybody from coming witin 5 miles from Obama.

This is so wrong. As others have said, this is a private moment. What the hell is wrong with people!

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