Amid Grief for His Grandmother’s Death, Obama Presses On to Election Day

barack-obama-grandmother-2.jpgBarack Obama’s grandmother “poured everything she had” into the
Democratic presidential candidate as she brought him up teaching him
values “straight from the Kansas heartland”.

But 86-year-old Madelyn Payne Dunham, who died from cancer on Sunday
night, will not get to see her grandson make history as the first
African American president of the United States if he wins.

Her
personality and bearing shaped much of the Illinois senator’s life and
he even referred to her in a high-profile speech on race as he called
for a “more perfect union” in the US.

On Monday, in a joint
statement with his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, Mr Obama said his
grandmother died peacefully late on Sunday night after a battle with
cancer.

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

“She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances.”

As
he continued on the campaign trail in Charlotte, North Carolina – just
two hours after making the announcement – Mr Obama told the crowd his
grandmother was both a “humble” and “plain-spoken” woman.

“She
was one of those quiet heroes that we have all across America,” he
said. “They’re not famous, their names are not in the newspapers; but
each and every day they work hard, they look after their families, they
sacrifice for their children and their grandchildren.

As the speech continued, Mr Obama appeared to wipe tears from his cheeks.

His
Republican rival John McCain, and his wife Cindy, offered their
“deepest condolences” on the eve of the election. “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,” they said.

Source: The Press Association

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