Monday, November 03, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Obama's grandmother dies

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Sad, sad news:

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

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."

"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."

Obama, if you remember, recently took a break from campaigning to be with his grandmother in Hawaii.

If only she had been able to see the election, and perhaps, if all goes well tomorrow, to see her grandson win.

Our thoughts, needless to say, go out to Obama and his family at this difficult time.

(There's more reaction at Memeorandum. See also NYT and WaPo.)

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