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Nov 3, 2008 6:46 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
Barack Obama's 86-year-old grandmother died today, the presidential front-runner said.

Mr Obama suspended his campaign for two days last month so he could travel to Hawaii to spend time with Madelyn Payne Dunham, who helped raise him, after her health deteriorated "to the point where her situation is very serious".

She died one day before he could become the first black president of the United States.

Mrs Dunham died peacefully after a battle with cancer, Mr Obama said in a joint statement with his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng.

"She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility," the Democratic presidential candidate said. "She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances."

In a campaign advert earlier this year, Mr Obama described his grandmother as the daughter of a Midwest oil company clerk who "taught me values straight from the Kansas heartland".

He said this included things like "accountability and self-reliance. Love of country. Working hard without making excuses. Treating your neighbour as you'd like to be treated".

Mrs Dunham was also the "white grandmother" he referred to in a high-profile speech on race as he called for a "more perfect union" in the US.

The 47-year-old Illinois senator learned of her death on Monday morning while he was campaigning in Jacksonville, Florida.

He plans to go ahead with campaign appearances.
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Nov 3, 2008 6:53 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
druidess6308
druidess6308druidess6308Aliquippa, Pennsylvania USA99 Threads 20,283 Posts
I'm sorry to hear about the death of his grandmother...but it was an interesting assumption that "she died one day before he could become the first black president of the United States".
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Nov 3, 2008 6:55 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
jbibiza
jbibizajbibizaIbiza, Balearic Islands Spain133 Threads 6 Polls 7,679 Posts
I wonder how long it will take for someone to see a conspiracy in this...

It was posted by someone earlier today that there were tapes of Obama´s grandmother saying he was born in Kenya...

It´s sad to lose a grandparent, and grandmothers always seem to have such wise words and meaning of life things to impart to their grandchildren. I´m sure he will miss her... and I hope that this is indeed too personal an area for the rumour monger´s to tread through.
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Nov 3, 2008 6:58 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
cristina
cristinacristinaLisbon, North Holland Netherlands323 Threads 15 Polls 22,257 Posts
I can't freacking believe this!

Couldn't she wait!frustrated

I'm profoundly...sorry!

RIP and thank you

applause applause angel
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Nov 3, 2008 7:02 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
jlw45
jlw45jlw45lake Dallas, Texas USA101 Threads 1 Polls 21,759 Posts
druidess6308: I'm sorry to hear about the death of his grandmother...but it was an interesting assumption that "she died one day before he could become the first black president of the United States".
even if he does'nt...he's still made history, in a wayprofessor
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Nov 3, 2008 7:04 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
jlw45: even if he does'nt...he's still made history, in a way
thumbs up beer
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Nov 3, 2008 7:13 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
Sorry to hear that.Just saw it on the News a while ago.
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Nov 3, 2008 7:17 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
jbibiza: I wonder how long it will take for someone to see a conspiracy in this...

It was posted by someone earlier today that there were tapes of Obama´s grandmother saying he was born in Kenya...

It´s sad to lose a grandparent, and grandmothers always seem to have such wise words and meaning of life things to impart to their grandchildren. I´m sure he will miss her... and I hope that this is indeed too personal an area for the rumour monger´s to tread through.
Looks like you already did.grin laugh wave
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Nov 3, 2008 7:49 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
jbibiza
jbibizajbibizaIbiza, Balearic Islands Spain133 Threads 6 Polls 7,679 Posts
Conrad73: Looks like you already did.


After all the unfounded lies and innuendo that have been such a big part of this campaign, it´s sad but that is exactly where my mind goes... it just seems so coincidental that in the last few days while his grandmother was dying that someone claims to have a tape of her saying he was born in Kenya... and now that she´s gone the tape becomes hearsay and the one who claims to have it will say it can´t be released... but the rumours will continue.

Yes, I´m ashamed to admit... that scenario was the first thing to come into my head when all I should have been thinking is how sad it is to lose a loved one.
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Nov 3, 2008 7:53 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
IMmeURyou
IMmeURyouIMmeURyouDe Pere, Wisconsin USA4 Threads 1,362 Posts
An amazing woman, who lived an extraordinary life. Women from her generation (not to put down other generations) were models of streanth, courage and values. My deepest sympathies to the family. Perhaps if any of you have grandparents, or maybe parents that are getting up there in age, maybe this is a good opportunity to give them a call, or pay them a visit. let them know your thinking of them and are grateful for all they have done. sleep well Madelyn.
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Nov 3, 2008 7:54 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
IMmeURyou
IMmeURyouIMmeURyouDe Pere, Wisconsin USA4 Threads 1,362 Posts
jbibiza: After all the unfounded lies and innuendo that have been such a big part of this campaign, it´s sad but that is exactly where my mind goes... it just seems so coincidental that in the last few days while his grandmother was dying that someone claims to have a tape of her saying he was born in Kenya... and now that she´s gone the tape becomes hearsay and the one who claims to have it will say it can´t be released... but the rumours will continue.

Yes, I´m ashamed to admit... that scenario was the first thing to come into my head when all I should have been thinking is how sad it is to lose a loved one.


can this be one forum where we leave beside the partisanship and conspiracy theories and just pay our respects. please.
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Nov 3, 2008 8:02 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
Fallingman
FallingmanFallingmanDublin, Ireland45 Threads 17 Polls 18,473 Posts
IMmeURyou: can this be one forum where we leave beside the partisanship and conspiracy theories and just pay our respects. please.


Yes. Whatever your views it is very sad....and it is particularly so when you think how proud she would have been to be at the inauguration.
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Nov 3, 2008 8:10 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
Sparky55
Sparky55Sparky55Somewhere, Afghanistan68 Threads 1 Polls 4,749 Posts
May she Rest in Peace. I'm sure she saw a heck of a lot during her 86 years.
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Nov 3, 2008 9:24 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
Indyfella
IndyfellaIndyfellaindianapolis, Indiana USA230 Threads 9 Polls 27,698 Posts
IMmeURyou: can this be one forum where we leave beside the partisanship and conspiracy theories and just pay our respects. please.



ok
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Nov 3, 2008 9:27 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
IMmeURyou: An amazing woman, who lived an extraordinary life. Women from her generation (not to put down other generations) were models of streanth, courage and values. My deepest sympathies to the family. Perhaps if any of you have grandparents, or maybe parents that are getting up there in age, maybe this is a good opportunity to give them a call, or pay them a visit. let them know your thinking of them and are grateful for all they have done. sleep well Madelyn.


Well said.thumbs up thumbs up

My condolences to Obama's family in their loss.comfort comfort comfort comfort comfort hug hug hug hug
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Nov 3, 2008 9:29 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
shipoker58
shipoker58shipoker58Las Vegas, Nevada USA35 Threads 4,332 Posts
Don't read words that weren't put there
druidess6308: I'm sorry to hear about the death of his grandmother...but it was an interesting assumption that "she died one day before he could become the first black president of the United States".




There is nothing presumptive about that statement. It is 100% accurate! He COULD become president. The OP didn't say he WOULD become president.scold hug
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Nov 3, 2008 9:35 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
rwantin
rwantinrwantinRoyal Oak, Michigan USA21 Threads 11,127 Posts
jlw45: even if he does'nt...he's still made history, in a way


That's good (and big) of you to say jlw. tip hat




RIP.
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Nov 3, 2008 9:40 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
mindfful
mindffulmindffulChicago, Illinois USA307 Threads 9 Polls 25,009 Posts
shipoker58: Don't read words that weren't put there
There is nothing presumptive about that statement. It is 100% accurate! He COULD become president. The OP didn't say he WOULD become president.




confused thats what i was thinkin

thanks babeskiss


that was my first thot
how sad he will be if he wins and she didnt get to see it

im sure he is glad that he set that stuff aside for 2 days and went to see her


ive cared for seniors that their family couldnt be bothered from their BUSY IMPORTANT lives to visit

if that aint family priorities i dont know what is
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Nov 3, 2008 9:51 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
princess49503
princess49503princess49503grand rapids, Michigan USA22 Threads 1 Polls 2,040 Posts
IMmeURyou: can this be one forum where we leave beside the partisanship and conspiracy theories and just pay our respects. please.


Amen
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Nov 3, 2008 10:07 PM CST Obama's grandmother dies
At some point in time, everyone will die....angel
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