Obama Cries While Speaking About His Grandmother at NC Rally

barack-obama-crying-grandmother-dies.jpgSen. Barack Obama’s grandmother died Sunday night, just hours before a
presidential election in which her grandson could become the first
African-American to win the nation’s highest office.


“It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother,
Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer,” Sen.
Obama and his half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng said in a joint statement
Monday.

In Charlotte, N.C., Sen. Obama, looking upset, paid tribute during a
campaign rally. “Some of you heard that my grandmother who helped raise
me passed away early this morning,” he said. “I’m not going to talk
about it too long because it’s hard for me to talk about.”

He went on to tell the crowd that Ms. Dunham was born in Kansas in a
small town in 1922 and lived through the Great Depression and World War
II. “She was one of those quiet heroes that we have all across America,
they’re not famous, their names aren’t in the newspaper, but each and
every day they work hard, they look after their families, they
sacrifice for their children and their grandchildren,” he said.

A campaign aide said the 86-year-old Mrs. Dunham died late Sunday
night at her home in Honolulu. In the statement, Sen. Obama called his
grandmother “the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances”
and said his “debt to her is beyond measure.” Last month, as his
grandmother’s health deteriorated, the Illinois Democrat took time off
the campaign trail to visit her in Hawaii.

Sen. Obama, the son of a Kenyan father and a Kansas-born mother, was
largely reared by his maternal grandparents. Sen. Obama’s mother, Ann
Dunham, died of ovarian cancer in 1995 at the age of 57, and his
grandfather, Stanley Dunham, died in 1992.

Republican nominee John McCain and his wife, Cindy, issued a
statement expressing their sympathy. “We offer our deepest condolences
to Barack Obama and his family as they grieve the loss of their beloved
grandmother,” the McCains said. “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.”

At his rally Sen. Obama thanked the McCains and said the statement was “incredibly gracious.”

Source: Wall Street Journal

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