Sad News: Barack Obama’s Grandmother Dies Hours Before Election Day

This has to be an emotional whirlwind for Barack and his family — to be on the verge of the biggest night of their lives and to lose a loved one.

From CNN:

(CNN) — 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.

“She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility,” their statement said.

“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 and Soetoro-Ng asked that donations be made for the search for a cure for cancer in lieu of flowers. A small private ceremony will be held “at a later date.”

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.

8 thoughts on “Sad News: Barack Obama’s Grandmother Dies Hours Before Election Day

  1. I cannot believe that the democrats would stoop so low as to kill this woman just to gain sympathy votes. There needs to be an investigation!

  2. Don’t despair, people. From what I know of the spirit world, she’ll see and hear everything. I personally had my doubts about such things, but 3 years ago I learned differently. She accomplished what she had to do and now it was her time to leave. She has found an all-consuming love and peace in the light. Welcome back.

  3. I second that rikyrah. It was incredibly moving for him to be so generous with us on a day like this..for him to share his grief amidst the triumph and still stand for us and what we’ve all taken on. I am amazed by this man’s grace.

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