View Full Version : Obama's grandmother dies after battle with cancer

Dave Lane
11-03-2008, 07:03 PM

(CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died following a bout with cancer, Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, said Monday.

Barack Obama and his grandmother Madelyn Dunham are seen together in this photo from 1979. She was 86.

At a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, Monday night, the Illinois senator said "she has gone home and she died peacefully in her sleep with my sister at her side."

"I'm not going to talk about it long because it's hard to talk about," he added.

Obama remembered her as "one of those quiet heroes we have across America, who aren't famous ... but each and every day they work hard. They look after their families. They look after their children and their grandchildren."

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Obama and his sister said that Dunham was "the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility." Watch CNN contributors discuss Obama's grandmother

"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."

Dunham passed away peacefully at her home shortly before midnight Sunday night (5 a.m. ET), campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told CNN. She said Obama learned of her death around 8 a.m.

Obama's republican rival, Sen. John McCain, issued a statement Monday afternoon:

"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."

The Democratic presidential candidate left the campaign trail on October 23 and flew to Honolulu, Hawaii, to spend the day with Dunham, whose health deteriorated after she suffered a broken hip.

His wife, Michelle Obama, filled in for him at events in Columbus and Akron, Ohio, on October 24.

Obama said in an interview taped for that day's "Good Morning America" that Dunham had been "inundated" with flowers and messages from strangers who read about her in Obama's 1995 book, "Dreams From My Father."

"Maybe she is getting a sense of long-deserved recognition toward the end of her life," he said.

The candidate resumed his campaign on October 25.

Obama has spoken often about his grandmother -- who helped raise him -- as an integral figure in his youth and how she struggled against the glass ceiling in her career. He and his family traveled to Hawaii in August to visit her.

"She's the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life," he said in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. "She poured everything she had into me. And although she can no longer travel, I know that she's watching tonight, and that tonight is her night

Mr. Laz
11-03-2008, 07:08 PM
condolences to the family

11-03-2008, 07:10 PM

*oh noes! he lost his granny :(

lets vote for him.. that should make him feel better!*

/i keed

Chief Chief
11-03-2008, 08:45 PM
That's one less vote for NObama...

11-03-2008, 08:54 PM
Sad she couldn't hang on for one or two more days.

11-03-2008, 08:55 PM
Thats sad, the timing of it is just strange.

Chief Chief
11-04-2008, 10:30 AM
Sorta like Obi Wan Kenobi: She's kickin' the bucket to make him a stronger force!!

11-04-2008, 10:39 AM
That's one less vote for NObama...

its ok i early voted last week for him :clap:

11-04-2008, 10:51 AM
condolences to all who lose their granny........he isn't the only one to do so

11-04-2008, 10:57 AM
Where was CNN when both of mine went??

11-04-2008, 11:03 AM
Where was CNN when both of mine went??

Yeah, because that's the same thing.

11-04-2008, 11:26 AM
Where was CNN when both of mine went??

What would it take for your existence to be relevant? Outside of a killing spree.

11-04-2008, 11:34 AM
What would it take for your existence to be relevant? Outside of a killing spree.

He could run for president. He could be just as qualified as Barack

11-04-2008, 11:35 AM
He could run for president. He could be just as qualified as Barack

King Chief Fan, everybody! He'll be here all week!