Obama's Grandmother Dies A Day Before Election

Barack Obama says that his grandmother has died.

The Democratic presidential candidate announced the news in a joint statement with his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng. He said his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, had died peacefully after a battle with cancer.

He said: "She 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."

The candidate learned of her death Monday morning while he was campaigning in Jacksonville, Fla. He planned to go ahead with campaign appearances.

Late last month, Obama took a break from campaigning and flew to Hawaii to be with the 86-year-old Dunham, who helped raise him.

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  • by Little Woman on Nov 4, 2008 at 03:51 PM
    Thank you WITN, God bless Obama's family.
  • by spencer's family Location: north carolina on Nov 4, 2008 at 02:27 PM
    hey i am sorry for your lost
  • by Brown Fam-- Location: Williamston on Nov 4, 2008 at 12:30 PM
    Now this is one time that I agree with WITN as far as posting...this is not the appropriate site to be "debating", this is only for the prayers and respect for his grandmother..so thanks witn for doing that. Obama, and your grandfather...sorry for the lost.just know that she is still with you no matter what. I believe that she loved you and your love for her shows very strongly. Just stay strong and you will reep your reward at the end. God Bless you and good luck with the race...
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Nov 4, 2008 at 07:11 AM
    Thank You WITN, for taking a stand on this matter. Your decision is greatly respected by me...Thank You
  • by jason on Nov 4, 2008 at 06:45 AM
    Thank you kindly. I apologize if I came across as brash, but I took exception to the negativity in a time of a person's loss of a loved one. Once again thank you and God bless you
  • by WITN Moderator on Nov 4, 2008 at 06:12 AM
    We have removed inappropriate comments and will not post any comments except those of condolence. There are several other appropriate stories on the site for political discussions and commenting.
  • by Ann Location: Washington Co on Nov 3, 2008 at 07:04 PM
    I know how it is to lose a grandmother I lost my one and only grandmother this year and I know how Obama is feeling, This is for you Mr. Obama keep your head up and stay strong. She is in a better place and is watching down on you just like my grandmother is watching over me. You kathy and the others that think he ain't special you need to take a look at yourself because he is a great guy.
  • by Obama Supporter Location: USA on Nov 3, 2008 at 04:24 PM
    May she rest in peace as she smiles down on her grandson tomorrow as he becomes our new President. God bless the Obama family at this time of their great loss as well as their historical victory and achievement. I'm sure that it will be a bittersweet day for Barack and his family.
  • by alex Location: vanceboro on Nov 3, 2008 at 04:14 PM
    while i disagree with him on politics, my prayers go out to him during this time of grief.
  • by Obama Supporter Location: Washington, NC on Nov 3, 2008 at 03:50 PM
    I'm saddened to hear the loss of Obama's Grandmother. I pray for peace and comfort to his family. It appears she was so dear to him, like most Grandmothers. May God Bless her soul throughout eternity!!!
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