It’s so sad that Madelyn Dunham, Barack Obama’s grandmother, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. She was 86. To suffer such a loss on the eve of the elections must be heartrending for Obama. She won’t see him elected to the White House.
I just heard the news on the BBC World Service and am checking the Net for stories on his grandmother. She passed away peacefully at her home in Honolulu. A little more than a week ago Obama interrupted the White House race to say goodbye to her in Hawaii, recalled Reuters, adding:
Dunham helped raise Obama from the age of 10 while his mother was working in Indonesia, and Obama took an emotional 22-hour trip to Hawaii to visit her on October 23 and 24.
Obama has spoken about his grandmother often on the stump, talking about what an integral figure she was in his youth and how she struggled against the glass ceiling in her career.
"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 as well."