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Obama's Grandmother Dies


Barack Obama stands with his grandparents and Madelyn Dunham and Stanley Dunham after Obama's high school graduation in 1979. (Photo by Obama For America via Getty Images)

Updated 5:37 p.m.
By Shailagh Murray
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The day took a tragic turn for Sen. Barack Obama when his ailing grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, died today.

Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Dunham died at home late last night in Hawaii, or roughly between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Eastern. Obama learned of the news a little after 8 a.m. in Florida, where his campaign held a morning rally.

The campaign released a statement from Obama and his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng this afternoon:

"It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer.  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.  She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring.  Our debt to her is beyond measure. 

"Our family wants to thank all of those who sent flowers, cards, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time.  It brought our grandmother and us great comfort.  Our grandmother was a private woman, and we will respect her wish for a small private ceremony to be held at a later date.   In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to any worthy organization in search of a cure for cancer."

John and Cindy McCain issued a statement of condolence after receiving the news. "We offer our deepest condolences to Barack Obama and his family as they grieve the loss of their beloved grandmother," they 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."

Obama had recently taken time off the campaign trail to visit Dunham in Hawaii. The Post's Robert Barnes filed this report about the trip, and about Dunham's role in the Democratic presidential contender's life:

Dunham, Obama said, is the "rock" who provided financial and practical stability among the colorful and enigmatic characters who populated his young life: the Kenyan father who left early on, the anthropologist mother given to wanderlust, the dreamer of a grandfather who was, as Obama wrote, "always searching for that new start."

But Dunham was the down-to-earth one. "She's where I get my practical streak," Obama has said.

"She's the one who taught me about hard work," he told a packed stadium in Denver the night he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination. "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.

"She poured everything she had into me."

The candidate often mentions Dunham on the campaign trail -- including her days in a bomber assembly plant during World War II -- and he never praises parents who sacrifice for their children without mentioning grandparents as well.

But Toot, as Obama calls her -- a shortened version of "tutu," the Hawaiian word for grandparent -- is largely unknown in the political world. She has not played a role in his campaigns, although she was filmed here in Hawaii for a commercial Obama ran during the Democratic primaries, and her poor health in recent years has kept her largely confined to her apartment.

Obama at times points to Dunham as an example of a generation of women who advanced despite sexist constraints.

She worked her way from the secretarial pool to become the Bank of Hawaii's first female vice president and the family's breadwinner. But it was a process that took more than 20 years, and in the memoir that he wrote as a young man, "Dreams From My Father," Obama said his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, complained about the treatment her mother received.

"More than once, my mother would tell Toot that the bank shouldn't get away with such blatant sexism," Obama wrote. "But Toot would just pooh-pooh my mother's remarks, saying that everybody could find a reason to complain."

Part of the reason may have been that she never thought of her job as a career.

Obama wrote that late in life, his grandmother told him she had always dreamed of life as a housewife or volunteer.

"I was surprised by this admission, for she rarely mentioned hopes or regrets," he wrote. "It may or may not have been true that she would have preferred the alternative history she imagined for herself, but I came to understand that her career spanned a time when the work of a wife outside the home was nothing to brag about, for her or Gramps -- that it represented only lost years, broken promises."

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 3, 2008; 4:36 PM ET
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Congratulations President Obama on an outstanding historical accomplishment. Your loving grandmother's beautiful spirit is smiling down on the man that her guidance and inspiration helped to mold. "We the people of these United States; thank God for the measure of the man". Blessings~

~“Faith is being sure of what we hope for & certain of what we do not see".
Heb. 11:1

Posted by: 1brelonsenior | November 5, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of what has been said by both parties it’s not about Obama or McCain, Republican or Democrat, but about a human life. May you Rest in peace "Toot" you are home and the sins of this world no longer affect you.

God bless all

Posted by: thomasaroderiguz | November 4, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA WILL WIN!!!
...AND ITS QUITE SAD TO SEE THAT RACISM IS STILL BURIED IN THE ROTTING, MISERABLE, HATEFUL HEARTS OF SOME. ITS QUITE PATHETIC ACTUALLY THAT SOME STRUGGLE TO OVERCOME THEIR LITTLE DEMON. BUT ONCE OBAMA WINS, PLEASE DO NOTE THAT A BLACK MAN IS RUNNING THE COUNTRY.
...AND TO THOSE WHO SAY HE IS "MIXED", WHEN U LOOK AT THAT MAN'S SKIN...U SEE A BLACK MAN..A STRONG BLACK MAN.
SO OBAMA NEEDS NOBODIES SYMPATHY BUT IM SURE HE APPRECIATES THOSE WHO SHARE THEIR CONDOLENCES FOR HIS LOSS.
...AND I'LL LEAVE ON THIS NOTE............
.................OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: a93ciara | November 4, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

It must be a real sad day in the united states for someone to actually say that obama would have his beloved grandmother killed in order to win an election. This kind of IGNORANCE is exactly the reason why obama SHOULD become the next president of our country!!!!!! Personally I dont care if obama was born on the moon, he will give this country a chance to move forward that mcain couldn't- even if he was given the chance. (And to all the ignorant people of our great country just a little history for ya-- our first president, the great George Washington WASN'T born here either!!! think about that before you make your next ignorant comment!!!!!)

Posted by: caydensmom1 | November 4, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

At this point, I think all of this is a mute point. I know that should the GOP prevail on tonight, this charge will die a quick death.

In response to all of those who claim to know history let me drop this knowledge.

1. The forefathers felt at some point that there would be a man of "color" as president. This was evident when the White house was reconstructed.

2. For those continuing to say that Obama is racist because of the views of Rev Wright, how many of us have that certain family member who just talks to much? Does that make that person's views ours?

3. At least Obama embraced both the white and black side of his family. McCain can't say the same. Yes, McCain has black relatives that he refuses to associate with.

4. The ridiculous amount spent trying to bring the Palin family up to code with the GOP was more than a bit much.

5. This is after all America where we are allowed to exercise our right to vote and speak our mind. Does it mean we will agree? Of course not but that is what makes America beautiful.

DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH PEOPLE..SELF KNOWLEDGE IS A GOOD THING..STOP FEEDING INTO WHAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS TO SAY AND FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF..

Posted by: lnjdavis | November 4, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

My Condolences to the Obama Family. I am a republican & don't have the same political views but I wish you the best & I'm sure you grandmother is very proud of you.

Posted by: rainyday | November 4, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

attn:bugme3232

you also are among the DUMB ONES that actually think Obama would setup a death to gain votes! He had the race won b4 this day even arrived- Do u not keep up with the numbers? And if u dont want to be here when he is announced as President I suggest that you go on and relocate because in our opinion -WE WOULD ALL BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT NEGATIVE CLOWNS LIKE U ANYWAY!
Toodles*

Obama/Biden 08'
Dont hate-CELEBRATE*

Posted by: believe101 | November 4, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

To The Obama Family,
May God bless and keep you in this time of sorrow. My prayers are truely with you and your loved ones. Keep your chin up!

Posted by: meldd2 | November 4, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Those of you that are talking down on Obama are a MESS. You dont have anything else better to do? GOD doesnt like UGLY and that talk is truely UGLY. We will all see the outcome of the election, just wait. RIP to Obama's grandmother

MZ. Gi Gi

Posted by: Jenay_Gina | November 4, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

READING ALL THESE STUPID, CARELESS COMMENTS FURTHER LET'S ME KNOW THAT RACISM IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL. BOTH PARTIES HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY HOW AMERICA HAS BEEN RAN OVER THE PASS EIGHT YEARS AND IT IS TRULY A TIME FOR SEVERE CHANGE. THESE WHITE, STUPID HICKS WRITING THESE COMMENTS ARE JUST A FEW OF MANY THAT ARE FEARFUL OF A POWERFUL EDUCATED BLACK MAN. THAT'S WHY THERE WAS EVER A SUCH THING AS SLAVERY BECAUSE A BLACK USING HIS MIND IS SOMETHING YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID OF.

Posted by: wright05 | November 4, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey everyone, to those that are attacking Obama. Did you all se the composture he had when he tal in public in NC, after finding out his grandmother died? Wasn't the same composture MR. BUSH had when he found out about the attack to the Twin Towers?? Now if Obama born in Kenya or not who cares!!!!! He was here all his life so he deserved the citizenship, now, you dont like muslims!!! and you call yourself a son of God??? to me hate doesn't exist in the hearts of the sons of God so you might be the anti-christ, do you know where you come from?? so all we can know your ancestors came from england or somewhere else to violate the rights of others just to get a piece of land!!! do you know your history because Obama sure does!!!! He address to NC in such a way after knowing his grandmother died, and that speaks louder than words, DID MR. BUSH DID THE SAME??? NO, BECAUSE HE KNEW THE ATTACK WAS COMING? We sure don't know how Obama is, but do you know how Mr "McCane" is? What do you know about him? That he went to Vietnam War, that he was a POW? Who don't know that? OBAMA MAY YOUR GRANDMA REST IN PEACE, SHE IS NOW IN HEAVEN, SHE HAS GONE HOME, JUST REMEMBER SHE LEFT YOU ONE BEFORE ELECTIONS BECAUSE SHEKNEW YOU ARE GOING TO BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT, THAT'S WHY SHE WENT HOME IN PEACE IF SHE WASN'T SURE SHE WOULD BE STILL HERE. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU FAMILY.

Posted by: daodaluvsu | November 4, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

It is so sad that obama grandmother passed the day before the election. One more day she could have seen him become the first african american president of the united states or she could have seen him give a good run at becoming thea frican american president of the united states Either way it is a sad day.Obama we give you credit for you keep going on through all of this i personally hope you become our next President. Sorry for your loss

Posted by: brem270 | November 4, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The Republican protest of Senator Obama's travel is disrespectful and petty. Would that these people were as concerned about Gov. Palin's travel expenses or per diems. Perhaps the GOP should spend some time scrutinizing its own candidates.

We join the nation in mourning Senator Obama's Grandmother, a great American woman. We only wish she could have lived to see her Grandson achieve the Presidency.

Posted by: amoswald | November 4, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama we are so verry sorry for your lost. We just wanted you to know that there is much love out here for you and your family. We love you for who you are,and all you will be. You will be in our prayers always. And to the haters (WE WILL PRAY FOR YOU TOO) and hope that GOD will touch your heart. Toot Rest in Peace because GOD loves you.

Posted by: jojo3366 | November 4, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

This is to the Washington Post. . . .do you not feel some sense of responsibility to your readers. Why do you allow such hate filled, nonsense, anger spewing rheoteric. Unfortunately, your allowing such nasty comments only makes me believe that your reporting is equally irresponsible.

Shame, shame, shame

Posted by: sadie1955sandra | November 4, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

This is to the Washington Post. . . .do you not feel some sense of responsibility to your readers. Why do you allow such hate filled, nonsense, anger spewing rheoteric. Unfortunately, your allowing such nasty comments only makes me believe that your reporting is equally irresponsible.

Shame, shame, shame

Posted by: sadie1955sandra | November 4, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

TO:
HuntinGal270
bugme3232
davec701
schmetterlingtoo

If you dont want Obama for your next President then maybe you should do us all a favor and pull your lip over your head and swallow. Leave the U.S. and find a country that may want you, because we don't want you here.

My thoughts and prayers are with Barack Obama and his family. Congratulations on the new President of the United States Barack Obama

Posted by: robertfndess | November 4, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

It is really pathetic to read some of the comments, and to see how shallow-thinking some people are. Evil is alive & well. Condolences to Mr. Obama & family.
P.S. To some of you -- A lot can be told about you through your grammar & spelling.

Posted by: birdofparadys | November 4, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

It is really pathetic to read some of the comments, and to see how shallow-thinking some people are. Evil is alive & well. Condolences to Mr. Obama & family.
P.S. To some of you -- A lot can be told about you through your grammar & spelling.

Posted by: birdofparadys | November 4, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

God Bless the Obama family. My deepest sympathy goes out to them at this time. What a loss they have suffered. My prayers and thoughts are with them.

Posted by: ma7heat | November 4, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA probly made it happen this way just to get the sympathy vote !!! He`s a LOSER In EVERY way !! I don`t wanta be around if we get attacked again if he`s the president he will probly hide like Clinton did or have a lady under his desk too !!

Posted by: bugme3232 | November 4, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

In 2012 people will wonder what the hell they were thinking when they voted for Obama, and us Republicans are going to take our country back.

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

****************

Nice to know that u do KNOW that OBAMA will be our next PRESIDENT* And dont be so upset by it! Overreacting wont help! u should be celebrating b/c u r getting the best of both worlds all in 1* Dont hate-CELEBRATE* OBAMA/BIDEN 08*

Posted by: believe101 | November 4, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I truly feel the pain that Sen. Obama is going through right now. I lost my mother, father and uncle to cancer in a matter of two years. I only hope he has comfort in knowing that she raised a wonderful person and that she is with him today and always.

Posted by: forrealnow | November 4, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

attn:HuntinGal270
Saying or even thinking that Obama would have his own flesh and blood killed is the STUPIDEST thing a person can say. That shows that u r just another SAD person upset because a GREAT choice for President has been made by the people. Jealousy is UGLY! Do us all a favor and keep all DUMB comments off the blog. We need room for the intelligent people to post comments- And as for him (President Obama)being (n ur mind) the anti-christ-JEALOUSY AND ANGER ARE NOT OF GOD- so what does that make U?

Lay on ur face and pray for forgiveness for speaking against a Child of God*

I am praying for u*

Posted by: believe101 | November 4, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Schmetterlingto: If you associate your name with Lieberman and his "let's see who I can cozy up to now" ways than you are the one with the problems!

Posted by: forrealnow | November 4, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I really don't understand why people are attacking other people at their time of bereavement. This article is not about Barack but about his grandmother. You might not like him, which I don't understand...because you don't know him personally, but at least give him and his family the respect and comfort they need at this time. You might not have lost any one that close to you...but your time will come one day. Just show some respect. Thank you.

Posted by: itsaboutjesus | November 4, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

My Condolences to the Obama Family
But because the Death of grandmother ( im sure a sweetlady ) is no reason to vote form him If MCcain had a family memebr pass away yesterday that would be no excuse to vote for him.
Vote for what both parties are representing,andnot because a family member dies.

Posted by: mchfoto | November 4, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

To Huntingal270,
I believe in free speech just like anyone else but to post that he had her killed goes to far. This truly shows your ignorance and the racist attitude this country does not need.The great thing about being a free society is you can leave at anytime...which you should if you hate him that much.
I don't have a problem with people stating their political beliefs. It can make for a good conversation. But the type of garbage you spew is just that....garbage.
So do everyone a favor and crawl back into your hole.
For me...losing a loved one is never easy....it hurts....and to be in the position Senator Obama is and to have that happen is truly sad. My condolences to his family.

Posted by: JimBeam1 | November 4, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I think Obama had is grandmother killed because she has his birth certific and he doesn't want any one to know that he was acctualy born in Kenya not in Hawawi But no one wants to talk about I think He is two faced he is not going to do what he say's he has no skills to lead this country where is needs to be I don't like him because he is muslem and i honestly think he is the Anti-christ and the antichrist wouldn't mind killing his grandmother to win the election!!!!! So for all you stupid people who have fallen for his lies your going to get what you asked for!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: HuntinGal270 | November 4, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

While the principal fault for posting inappropriate messages of course lies with those who sent them, the Washington Post has also been remiss in not moderating this blog topic. It is their responsibility to remove inappropriate messages in a timely manner and block users who repeatedly violate their standards, in accordance with their own policy printed at the bottom of this page. Interestingly, the New York Times monitored their blog on this same topic conscientiously last night, thus demonstrating that it IS doable.

Please, Washington Post, if you're going to allow readers to blog, do the necessary work to keep your pages civil. Failure to do so reflects poorly on your publication.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 4, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

please somebody should ask McCain if he can not make a complete political sentence without mensioning Obama's name?

McCain please tell Americans what you have for them. That is what they want to hear. Americans undrstand what Obama is saying. Please you are not is interprinter!

Posted by: kasimibroman | November 4, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

my condolences to the OBAMA families and I also look forward to adressing Sen Barrack Obama as American president

Posted by: kasimibroman | November 4, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

The ignorant, jealous and non-Christian individuals who have posted such hate filled blogs in here with regard to the passing of Sen. Obama's beloved grandmother, Mrs. Madelyn Dunham, are truly pathetic creatures of this world, and we should all pray for them, in the hope that some day their lives can be filled with peace!!

Having got that off my chest, my sincere sympathies go out to the Obama family, and my best wishes to them, and most importantly, my VOTE!!

Posted by: malibu08 | November 4, 2008 6:44 AM | Report abuse

i sincerely send my condolence to the family of dounghan and i pray god to give them the streaght to bear the huge lose ,god wil deffinectly grant her a peace full rest.i also wish to send this message to all who are posting article to this page to please respect the family present painlet there not be anycontraval about weather obama is president or not ,let us just see him as a man who has just lost someone dear to him. may god bless all those who use this medium in its positive.

Posted by: sulehenry | November 4, 2008 6:37 AM | Report abuse

What a beautiful life. There is nothing so wonderful as to live to see your grandchildren in their adult ages doing great things. I'm sure she has been thanking God for the annointing He has placed over her grandson for a very long time.

We praise God for Toot and her dilligence to her grandson. Posters here who have claimed to have some association and understanding of God and have lashed out with words of hate and discord ... are not communicating under the influence of the Holy Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit as per the Bible are : Love ,
Joy ,
Peace ,
Patience ,
Kindness ,
Self Control

If the posting is representing anything other than the above ... please do NOT accept the commentary as representative of and kind of Christ like mindsets.

Posted by: WordNow | November 4, 2008 6:13 AM | Report abuse

That was some fast, weird karma.

Posted by: Aloanstar | November 4, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

To Svreader and moseyon. This is a beautiful blog. Very uplifting even at this sad time. No matter what the meshugana write, they cannot take away the good wishes left by the other posters.

Posted by: Rachel10 | November 3, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

May you RIP, Madelyn Dunham!

My deepest condolences to Barack Obama and his family. I wish "Toot" had been able to see her grandson make history tomorrow.

I can't believe anyone would suggest this sad moment was "politically timed". Voting your issues is one thing. Basic human decency is another. Let's have some perspective, please.


^^^^^^^
This post has now been deleted 21 times, and posted 22. I will continue posting it (if necessary) because it does not REMOTELY violate any community standard. Shailagh, WaPo, or whoever you are: Stifling innocuous discussion makes YOU look bad, not me.

Posted by: youarestillidiots | November 3, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to the Obama family. I pray that the Lord will speak to the hearts of the voters tomorrow; and that this nation will witness the change that Barack Obama have compaigned so diligently for. Sometimes it takes a great loss in order to achieve a major victory.

I look at this campaign as being a fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Had A Dream" speech.

However, I am sadden to see so many negative responses on this page. Some are just down-right disrespectful. I can not believe that people in this modern day time are still so ignorant.

Last of all, I pray that all of Barack Obama's supporters will remain steadfast, pray without ceasing, and know that the Lord always have the final say so.

Posted by: TLThompkins | November 3, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

some people on this post are some true heartless bastards. I could care less if you dont like Obama for whatever reason but the man lost his mother and I you post hate post. America is just as racist as it was in 1940's.

Posted by: Dashant22 | November 3, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

I came across the following about Mrs. Dunham:

"Will Madelyn Dunham’s Vote Count?"

"I was talking with a coworker earlier today about how sad it was for Barack Obama’s grandmother to have died on the day before the election. My coworker took the sadness one step further, wondering if Madelyn Dunham’s vote (she voted by early absentee ballot) would now not be counted.

"Not knowing the answer, I called the Office of Elections in Hawaii. Kevin Cronin, chief election officer for the state, just got back to me. Here’s what he said:

"Ms. Dunham’s absentee mail ballot was received and reviewed under the Hawaii standards for processing absentee mail ballots… She was alive at that time. Her ballot will be opened tomorrow, and it will be counted in the same way that all absentee voters would be treated under our law.
The key point appears to be that Ms. Dunham was alive at the time her absentee ballot was received and reviewed, and that it met the standards for review at that time.

"Madelyn Dunham’s vote will count, even if she is not here to learn the final tally."

http://slog.thestranger.com/2008/11/will_marilyn_dunhams_vote_count

Posted by: rashomon | November 3, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

.. And one more thing....
For you non-Christians reading all the 'hate' messages from those who are calling themselves Christians, please realize this is NOT what the Bible or Christ teaches. Many forget that the same Bible that speaks against sexual immorality and murder (abortion), also speaks against idolatry (greed, the love of money), hatred, deceit, and many of the other problems so rampant the last 8 years. Neither Dem or Rep parties can truly be called 'Christian'. Those on the Right who care about the life of a fetus are mysteriously silent on issues such as Child healthcare or helping children in poverty. The Liberals who care about the children in poverty sit back and allow abortions to continue. So, pls don't form an opinion of Christianity based on the comments listed here. Yes I support Obama. I'm a Christian and I believe he's one also. If God wants this country to start showing more compassion to Americans in need, then who am I to complain?

Posted by: sweetppp | November 3, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Personally if you can't speak on the issues at hand maybe you should not be speaking on the election. What's the purpose in bashing the candidates if you don't know them personally everything that we know about the candidates is given to us. There is so much going on in the world right now and it is reallly time that people just unite for a common cause.

Posted by: Claudia_Edinburgh | November 3, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

For whatver it was worth, my post was genuine and sincere.

It is late.

Goodnite all.

Posted by: ImNoPolitician | November 3, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Condolences to the next president of the USA, god knows that country needs a change, maybe the rest of the world will actually start liking America again once he is elected. I know I for one am ready and willing for change, I know Im not the only one.

Posted by: johnstaunton1 | November 3, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, some of these posts are way over the top. I have my suspicions over their origins. I surmise that some combination of the following is occurring:
(a) There are some seriously sick people on the internet tonight, in which case not much we can do except ask the Post to ban them;
(b) There are some seriously immature people on the internet tonight. They should grow up a little before they post again;
(c) We have people who are trying to be cute and get people to vote for one side by claiming to be the opposite side and then making huge as**s of themselves;
Whatever the above is true, I don't think that any undecideds out there are taking them too seriously. Anyway, my condolences again to the Obama's, and best wishes at the polls tomorrow, conservative, liberal or otherwise. Goodnight everyone.

Posted by: twp3p | November 3, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

pgr88 @ schmetterlingtoo
You are the sort of Right Wing Americans that make the rest of the World's Christians pray for Obama to win.
M ay she be at peace with no more pain and suffering.C ondolences to the family of Madelyn Dunham.

Posted by: Seala | November 3, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

First of all, my sympathies to the Obama family. I've scanned thru some of the comments - oh! so much anger, fear and ignorance. Whats this about welfare programs? Minorities? Whats wrong w' hard working folks getting taxcuts? It was okay to hand freebies to the large corps. As a civilian who works for the military, all I can say is its time for the Defense industry' gravy train to come to a halt. We need a strong defense but I don't hear anyone complaining about the millions unaccounted for in Iraq. So - is throwing billions into a fictious war, losing track of millions given to contractors and paying off Sunni thugs 'welfare' too??? I'm a hard working Black. No I'm not poor, I have a bachelor, earn over 80K, no kids, and live very comfortably. Guess what? There are many more like myself - hardworking middleclass folks - black, white, etc - who want to put control of our country back in the hands of the people. I pay more than my fair share of taxes. I'd rather see my dollars stay in this country and be invested in fellow Americans than go overseas to a country thats ready to kick us out or to some company w' mngmnt that won't filter the benefits down to its workers. I'm excited! w' an Obama win, this country has a real chance of becoming great again!

Posted by: sweetppp | November 3, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

My prayers for the Obama Family.
Whether you are voting or not for Obama, a person that claims to be Christian is known by his fruits and the absolute hate, and poisonous rage coming out of the Republicans has firmly convinced me as a Christian to vote for Obama. I can not comprehend how someone who can read Matt 5 and wear the label of one of his followers can display such behavior.

Again prayers for the Obama family and I am sorry his grandmother could not have seen this through.

Posted by: annie14 | November 3, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Whoever posted beginning with, "OBAMA IS THE GD ANTI-CHRIST!", and continued in the same vein -- I'm a McCain supporter, but this was *waaaayyy* over the top. The Post should delete it and sanction you as an abusive poster.

People who disagree with Obama can post about the real issues they disagree with (yes, true believers, there are plenty of those). They can also preferably post about those issues in a thread other than the one announcing his grandmother's death, for heaven's sake. :(

This is sad. In many ways, Mrs. Dunham reminds me of my mother, who fortunately is still very much alive. She had the courage and work ethic to overcome the handicap of being female in an age which did not value women in the workplace very much. She also had the heart to raise her grandson well and sacrifice for his future when neither his father nor his mother appeared willing to do so. :/

Barack Obama and his sister are in my thoughts and prayers tonight especially.

Posted by: sakeneko | November 3, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

You're all right, Hillary" Obama snickered. My grandmother a "typical white person" is a "racist"

YOU STINKING NO-ACCOUNT, CLASSLESS FRAUD, EFF OFF YOU! GO TO HELL, OBAMA, JUST GO TO HELL! THE SIGHT OF YOU SICKENS ME!

AS A DEMOCRAT I'D AS SOON CUT MY THUMB OFF BEFORE VOTING FOR SUCH AN UTTER UTTER UTTER FRAUD AND CLASSLESS MANIPULATIVE DEMOAGOGUE LIKE YOU! GO TO HELL YOU SOB!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 3, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I look at some of these posts and I am ashamed of my fellow Americans.

I will offer my condolences to you and to your family Senator Obama. Your grandmother must have been a remarkable woman. May her soul rest in peace. May your family and you have comfort, a cup that runs over, a table richly set before your enemies. I only wish for you what I would want to have for myself under such difficult circumstances, when some people choose to give voice to unbridled hate.

If I was ever "on the fence" I am not now.

With the primaries and the national campaign you have proven that you are calm under pressure.

So take courage. Tomorrow is indeed another day.

Let's vote.

Posted by: ImNoPolitician | November 3, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

For human beings reading and engaging in this intellectually exercise, lets take a break now... and observe these two lesser forms of humanity, as they attempt to convey logic, from their very small and cold space.

Its evident, these people don't have much of anything of value; nor ever had anything of true value; particularly when fecal matter pours from their mouths.

Be care everyone... don't step in the mess the dogs left behind.

We are trying to clean up enough fecal matter left from the last occupant of the oval office.

I mean these folks love animals, they behave like their best friends. Always digging up some irrelevant bulls**t when they, themselves, have no real solutions.

You two previous entrants, change your underwear wipe your mouth and go to bed. Your adding nothing to intellectual discourse at all.

Call it a day. Pray to your white gods that they spare you and kill you in your sleep so you don't have to see history tomorrow. Talking about true white supremacist martyrdom.

Then you can be with your dead white racists ancestors! I am sure that your slaveholding and plantation-having are resting mightyyyy fine, right about now. They shooooo would enjoy yaaaaa company.

Go burn a cross on your pastor's lawn. Let him know just how much you believe in white power.

Go to bed... small nut 1 and 2.

Posted by: prayer100 | November 3, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA IS THE GD ANTI-CHRIST! I'M BEGINNING TO BELIEVE THIS, BECAUSE NO ONE COULD SNOOKER THE SHEEP THAT MAKE UP THE LEADERSHIP OF THAT NO ACCOUNT DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT I'VE BEEN REGISTERED WITH FOR DECADES UNLESS THEY HAD TRULY DRUNK HIS KOOL-AID!

AND LISTENING AND READING TO ALL THESE STARRY EYED OBAMA IS MY MESSIAH CULTIST, FREAKING SCARES THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF ME! HOW COULD PEOPLE BE SO BLIND NOT TO SEE THROUGH HIS UTTER LACK OF MORALITY, HIS DISINGENUOUSNESS, HIS TOTAL LACK OF A CAREER PROGRESSION-IN ANYTHING, AND THINK THIS MAN IS THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST!

GOD TELL ME HOW MY PARTY COULD DO THIS TO THEIR COUNTRY! I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT!

I ONLY KNOW THAT DEMOGOGUE OBAMA IS GOING TO BE A SCARY SCARY DISASTER FOR PRESIDENT-HE WILL BE FAR FAR WORSE THAN RICHARD M. NIXON EVER THOUGHT ABOUT BEING! HE'S A FRAUD, A DANGEROUS FRAUD!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 3, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

We're not calling (or at least I'm not calling) conservatives trolls, b_eden, just you. Same goes for schmetterlingtoo, prayer100, and all the other insane people who are fouling up the internet tonight. I wonder what nuthouse they dug you guys up from? Wish they would put you back in your cages, but free speech and all that, I suppose... Anyway, please take your meds and go to sleep.

Posted by: twp3p | November 3, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I find it amazing that conservatives can be attacked so viciously for doing the same thing that left wingnut bloggers do all the time to Bush, Palin, Cheney, McCain, etc., which they justify as being o.k. Some of you left wingnut pigs were hoping Cheney died when he had his heart problems. But, that's o.k. because it's conservatives.

But you left wingnut fools will never learn. IT IS THE CONGRESS, STUPID!!!

When they are attacked back in the same fashion they don't like it. Can you show me when you got the exclusive on vitriol? Can you show me any facts at all? Left wingnuts cannot provide facts. When attacked with the facts, they attack the person. This is what lawyers do. When they don't have the facts or law on their side, make personal attacks.

Posted by: b_eden | November 3, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

News Headline:

Typical, racist white woman died today of injuries consistent with being thrown under an Obama campaign bus.

Posted by: pgr88 | November 3, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

The Devil has a "special place" for us. It's called Obama's administration-- or should I say the "Anti-Christ's" administration? 666

Posted by: b_eden | November 3, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

"You're all right, Hillary" Obama snickered. My grandmother a "typical white person" is a "racist"

YOU STINKING NO-ACCOUNT, CLASSLESS FRAUD, EFF OFF YOU! GO TO HELL, OBAMA, JUST GO TO HELL! THE SIGHT OF YOU SICKENS ME!

AS A DEMOCRAT I'D AS SOON CUT MY THUMB OFF BEFORE VOTING FOR SUCH AN UTTER UTTER UTTER FRAUD AND CLASSLESS MANIPULATIVE DEMOAGOGUE LIKE YOU! GO TO HELL YOU SOB!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 3, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

You Republicans are despicable to the end. Still freaking out about Mc Cain possibly losing after he lost his grandmother and all you pathetic excuses for human beings can do is attack still. I hope the Devil has some special place for you people to go to when this election is over. Republicans its over and you have shown once and for all why you all will lose come election. Obama and all the good people are gonna outvote the trash in Mc Cains party!

Posted by: acbasurto | November 3, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

joe biden will probally tell her to STAND UP at the funneral--STAND UP TOOT!!

Posted by: darin_holmes | November 3, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

B-eden, rpatoh -- You all are mean and sad. You don't have to agree with Obama's ideas or campaign. You don't even have to have your facts correct. But you are just plain cold-hearted and mean -- You are the reason I would NEVER vote for McCain. Are you the example of the future of our country if McCain wins?

Posted by: brigid1 | November 3, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Cowardly behavior. Small dicks. Conservatives. Whites. Do I detect a pattern here?

How about cowardly behavior. Big dicks. Left wingers. Entitlement mentality. Pregnant teens. Single mothers. Welfare checks. Barack Obama. Bill Ayers. Frank Davis. Reverend Wright. Hugo Chavez. Moammar Qaddafi. Josef Stalin. Civil military force. Brownshirts. Adolf Hitler. Six Million dead Jews (40 Million under Stalin). How many dead White Americans? We already have a dead one--Obama's grandmother.

Posted by: b_eden | November 3, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

GO TO HELL OBAMA! YOU STINKING MANIPULATIVE FRAUD, WHO WOULD THROW YOUR OWN SICK GRANDMOTHER UNDER THE BUS JUST TO TRY AND WRIGGLE OUT OF YOUR RACIST REV. WRIGHT, BACKGROUND, DON'T YOU? OF COURSE, MICHELLE IS RIGHT THERE WITH YOU-I BET SHE HASN'T SAID 10 WORDS TO YOUR GRANDMOTHER THE ENTIRE TIME YOU ALL HAVE BEEN MARRIED!

YOU DISGUST ME, YOU NO ACCOUNT EMPTY SUIT-GET THE HELL OUT OF MY SIGHT! AS A VERY LOYAL DEM. WHO LOVES MY COUNTRY-I COULD NEVER VOTE FOR A STINKING FRAUD LIKE YOU!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 3, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Condolences to Sen. Obama and his family !

Posted by: ythitran | November 3, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Good point about Obama being a "closet smoker". He refuses to show medical records because it has his place of birth and father's name on it, which he is covering up because he was born in Kenya and can't be Prez. if he was.

Let's see: Obama is black, a heavy smoker, in his mid-late 40s. He's a significant cancer risk according to medical studies.

Hmmm. Let's see. He wants to create more welfare policies and give everybody a check. I guess those checks will go for liquor and cigarettes in the poorer communities. Obama is a cancer risk; he wants to give teaser checks to poor people to buy cigarettes and booze. A pattern?

Posted by: b_eden | November 3, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Lets see, I've seen more cowardly behavior in the blog sphere lately than any place besides, network tv.

The vile and utterly disrespectful comments made by many of the former overseer class demonstrates that the same ignorant mob mentalities that enslaved before still attempt to continue that now.

Many who call themselves conservative can't even honestly live up to what they proclaim much less understand it.

Ahhh shucks! I shouldn't have gone off and said that, but I did. Many of you... good ole boys who are challenged in the pants measure reality with the same length of your average manhoods.

Little "dick" mentalities, you know? Like Richard "Dick" Nixon and our all time favorite... sacrifice little white boys.... Dick Cheney.

Yup... you think you got big ones... but science says... maybe 4 inches? Maybe... so you harass the world with your vile perspective on reality, while all the while performing the very thing... you are projecting.... coming up short.

Would the real n-word stand up.

Right now racist whites are really showing the world --- America's true colors. Or, lack thereof....

VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN 08, 12

Peace and Blessings to Mrs. Dunham and her daughter, they raised excellent human being.

Posted by: prayer100 | November 3, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Average Jane wrote:

TYPICAL WHITE PERSON" THAT'S WHAT OBAMA CALLED HIS POOR SICK GRANDMOTHER A FEW MONTHS AGO WHEN HE WAS TRYING TO EXPLOIT HER WHITENESS IN ORDER TO GET OVER THE LIE HE TOLD ABOUT THE RACIST REV. WRIGHT BEING HIS SPIRITUAL ADVISOR.

A REAL DISINGENUOUS PIECE OF WORK, YOU ARE, BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!

I HOPE TO GOD YOU AREN'T ELECTED!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
And I hope you seek out the help you obviously need.

WHAT THE HELL'S THE MATTER WITH YOU AVERAGE JANE? YOU CAN'T ACCEPT THE TRUTH, CAN YOU? THIS IS A FACT, WHAT OBAMA DID, OR DO YOU HAVE OBAMA CULT AMNESIA? HOW COULD ANYONE SUPPORT SOMEONE WHO WOULD TREAT HIS POOR SICK GRANDMOTHER THIS WAY! DON'T YOU REMEMBER ALL THE NEGATIVE COMMENTARY ABOUT THIS? I GUESS NOT-IF YOU ARE A STEPFORD OBAMABOT, THAT JUST DOESN'T COMPUTE, THE TRUTH THE FACTS, RIGHT?

GOOD GOD! WE REALLY ARE IN ORWELL'S ANIMAL FARM! OBAMA IS THE SECOND COMING OF HITLER, A DEMAGOGUE WRIT LARGE!

THANK GOD LIEBERMAN AND I ARE DEMS. WHO HAVEN'T DRUNK THE KOOL-AID -THIS MAN OBAMA IS A SCARY EMPTY SUIT DEMAGOGUE OF THE FIRST ORDER!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 3, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey schmetterlingtoo, you're a real Shakespeare.

I'm being sarcastic if you're wondering silly fool.

Posted by: tqkelley | November 3, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Darin, you may be sorry to hear about this and condolences. But, it is you who will be the sorry one in the end. Obama will give you your teaser check to get his vote, but he'll throw the lower income back under the bus and waste another $11 TRILLION like what has been wasted under the Great Society and other failed welfare plans. I guess blacks and other minorities like to be thrown under the bus so they can get their small monthly stipends and remain in poverty for another 40-50 years and another $11 TRILLION in taxpayers monies wasted.

Obama wants to end Iraq for this nonsense? He'd better stay the course there to get the oil from them so he can get more tax monies in the end to run his failed welfare policies.

Posted by: b_eden | November 3, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

"Typical white person- she deserved it."

B.H. Obama 11-03-08

Posted by: rpatoh | November 3, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

SORRY TMC, YOU'RE TOO BLINDED BY THE MESSIAH OBAMA LIGHT. IT'S NOT AT ALL NOT AT ALL ABOUT HIS POOR GRANDMOTHER-IT'S ABOUT OBAMA EXPLOITING HIS POOR DYING GRANDMOTHER BY THROWING HER UNDER THE BUS, CALLING HER A "TYPICAL WHITE PERSON" AND A "RACIST" BECAUSE HE WAS CAUGHT IN A LIE ABOUT KNOWING REV. WRIGHT!

BUT YOU CAN'T SEE THAT-YOU ARE BLINDED BY THE LIGHT COMING FROM YOUR MESSIAH-THE SECOND COMING! THE RAPTURE OF OBAMA!

AND WHO GIVES A DAMN WHAT OBAMA THINKS? I'M WITH LIEBERMAN, AS A DEM. I COULD NEVER VOTE FOR THIS DECEPTIVE, MANIPULATIVE FRAUD THAT WOULD THROW HIS OWN GRANDMOTHER, THE WOMAN WHO RAISED HIM-UNDER THE BUS LIKE HE DID!

GO TO HELL OBAMA! YOU WILL NEVER BE MY PRESIDENT!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 3, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

While we all send condolences to Obama and his family...

Why are we just now hearing that she died of cancer? Didn't his mother die of cancer as well? He's a closet smoker. And, why hasn't he released his full medical records? A one page report from his family doctor is all we have. What are his cancer chances? Just doesn't seem fair.....

Posted by: jusme828 | November 3, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

so sorry to hear about this-- condolences --

Posted by: darin_holmes | November 3, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the Democrazies had to cheat to get where they are and have to cheat to try and win. ACORN and voter fraud comes to mind quickly. Obama has refused to show his actual place of birth, and is hiding his birth certificate and school and medical records showing his place of birth--Kenya (not USA as required by the US Constitution, Article II, Section 5) because he can't be Prez. if he's not born here. Obama's covered up the $200 Mill. in donations he's gotten from Hugo Chavez and over $150 Mill. from the Mideast Arabs. He's supposed to reject those monies but he didn't and took it anyway, committing felony election fraud that would put anyone in jail for 5-10 years or more.
Now he wants to implement a civil military force. The Nazis had the brownshirts. Obama will have the brownskins.

Posted by: b_eden | November 3, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Who couldn't see this coming? Obama's as bad as Hitler, Stalin, Mao, or any other politician running as a populist. Hope for anything, especially that you don't get thrown under his bus.

One question though: Why when Obama is attacking McCain for questioning Obama's plan to share the wealth does Obama change the subject by saying that people should have equal opportunity?

Posted by: rpatoh | November 3, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

If you believe the horrific "libel" of some comments, then why is it O.K. to rip McCain, Palin, Bush, Joe the Plumber with your hateful rhetoric. It's o.k. to do it to the other side, but when it's you who is the target, you stamp your feet and throw a tantrum.

If it's "libel" sue me, sue me, sue me. I'd love for you to sue me. This way I can countersue and open all records, and expose you left wingnuts for what you are, plus I get to see how much I can take when you show me what you own, including taking your dogs, cats and goldfish.

Posted by: b_eden | November 3, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey jagoff 11: Obama is the black Hitler. Watch and wait. You'll see. You can call us nazis or hateful, or whatever you want, but when it comes time to jump in the foxhole for protection, you'll come running to us conservative taxpayers who bust their "you-know-what" in order to make this country run.

Posted by: b_eden | November 3, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Please reach into your own humanity and share Senator Obama's grief about the death of a beloved member of his family. To be unable to do this is a chilling incictment on your inhumanity.
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Very touching, but unfortunately, its' best to accept it's done deliberately, in part to shock and affect.

Don't waste your time.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | November 3, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the horrific level of libel in some of the comments. Actually comparing Obama to Hitler etc. at a time when Obama's grandmother has just died.Some of us true conservatives worry that the Republican party will have to reap what it has sown in this election. Shame on the real Nazis who engage in such demonic rhetoric.

Posted by: jag11 | November 3, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama hates America. He only loves HIS "people." That's a fact, Jack.

Posted by: greg3 | November 3, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

The left wingnuts want to name call conservatives trolls and other names. That's O.K. You know the old saying: "Sticks and stones...."

But, it's O.K. to rip conservatives and Bush. You left wingnuts are too stupid to realize it's the Congress full of far-left Democrats that created the financial mess, with George Soros running the show. Barney Frank and his gay lover and Fannie (now that has a nice ring to it), Dodd, Schumer, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the cabal.

Congress never does anything by accident. It's always done with a purpose. They want Obama in office, they have a purpose. Congress is the puppet master controlling the strings. We'll see how it turns out and maybe some of us conservatives will take a liking to bashing the heads in of some of you liberal pukes, since you are all screaming we're going to have race riots if the Messiah doesn't get in.

Posted by: b_eden | November 3, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry for the Obama family's loss. She obviously did an exceptionally well with her grandchild. Life flits by and we should all aspire to support and inspire our families so much as she did.

Posted by: jryan758 | November 3, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I am convinced that somewhere in America there is an insane asylum that is allowing its residents to use their computers for occupational therapy and schmetterlingtoo, davec701, and greg3 are taking advantage of it.

"Oh, so THIS is where you guys have been hiding," says the night attendant at the asylum where he found the three of them in the computer lab. "Sorry fellows. It's time to take your meds and return to your bed straps and strait jackets. Lights out!"

Posted by: luvmynaturalhair | November 3, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I am so sorry to hear that a woman -- someone who has been a loving wife,someone who has been a loving mother and grandmother, someone who had the grit and determination to succeed in her chosen profession -- has died. It is even more sorrowful that this woman is the grandmother of a man whose possible election to the presidency of the United States of America will occur a day or two after her death. When I read this news, I cried. Yes, I am a Democrat, but I am also a mother and a grandmother. For all of you who have posted some hateful comments, I wish to say to you that I am so very sorry that you are devoid of human kindness. This is not the time to jeer the misfortunes of those you despise, but it is the time to share our common humanity with all it's sadness. Please reach into your own humanity and share Senator Obama's grief about the death of a beloved member of his family. To be unable to do this is a chilling incictment on your inhumanity.

Posted by: marmac5 | November 3, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

In America ignorance is bliss. And the fools are Kings. I hope McCain wins. The USA is going down the tubes and he will speed-up the slide down.

Posted by: otto1961 | November 3, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain would be sickened by vitriol expressed by some of these posts in response to someone's tragedy. These posts were not from true Americans but from pond scum.

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I agree with you, no one of any meaning would be anything less than sympathetic to the Obama family.

"Trolls," right, left, or professional, in the end, are really dull, aren't they, they can't write, they can't think, never ANYTHING original, it's the same old garbage, over and over and over.

They also kinda get bogged down in their own stench, too, after awhile, sometimes it just pays to observe, lest we stagnate, too.

They're not bright people.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | November 3, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

My grandmother, Nonny, died at the age of 88. Today would be her 112th birthday! And I still miss her more than anyone... My heart goes out to Barry and to Toot... "The time has come to pass the torch to a new generation!" (JFK, 1960). But I still have a hard time letting go of that greatest of generations of our grandparents...

Posted by: sbyrd2004 | November 3, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Barack, my heart goes out to you and your family.

Your mother and father produced you and I am grateful to them. The kindness of your mother was passed on to you.

I hope and pray you will be aware of their continued presence in your life...and see it in your children.

Your journey will take you to them someday...and they will welcome you home.

Please be open to letting them into your daily life and remember all they shaped you to be.

My love goes to all of them - you are a part of them and your strength will be enhanced from their influence genetically as well as the nurturing, teaching and loving you.

Posted by: wilkestraphill | November 3, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Fear not the republicans vile words as they are in there most dark hour. Obama has the commanding lead and will become our next president. The republicans message anti immigration, anti minority and anti middle class is no longer effective in the 21st century and they know it. They have no platform, they are fiercely angered by the fact Obama has brought together people of all races, something they can never do.

My condolences to Barack and family.

Peace to all the junior Bill Oreilly's, Rush Lintballs and Karl Rove's of this great country.

Posted by: liberite | November 3, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry that Barack Obama's grandmother did not get to see the promised land where we will arrive on January 20th, but I am glad that she could see from the mountain top where we are headed. I am sorry that Dr. King did not live to see this, and James Chaney, and Violla Liuzzo, and a host of others who gave their lives long ago for voting rights. We are truly blessed tonight to be on the threshold of confirming the wonderful vison of our founding fathers, when it was finally extended to all those who should have been included from the beginning of the United States of America. God Speed to Senator Obama as he prepares for his inauguration on January 20 and his difficult work in the years ahead. All Americans should pray for his grandmother, for him and his family, and for the success of this wonderful country. God Bless America!

Posted by: karlanne1 | November 3, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain would be sickened by vitriol expressed by some of these posts in response to someone's tragedy. These posts were not from true Americans but from pond scum.

Posted by: browneri | November 3, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Number one, there's people on both sides who've said inappropriate things. Doesn't justify demeaning this loss. Just because some "lefties" insulted people doesn't mean you should sink to their level. Really if you think they were horrible for insulting Palin's family why would you do the same thing?

Number two, despite what you may think most of us "liberals" are decent people, not only that, we really do love America and looked at troop deaths not with glee, but with sadness, some with personal pain. There are democrats AND republicans dying in these wars. I have three close friends who are liberal enough that they wouldn't flinch at being called socialist, but who signed up to fight despite disagree with the war, because they felt it was their duty. And you know what, I disagreed with their choice, but I respected it. And I worry that they won't make it back.

We are ALL Americans and we ALL deserve respect. This seems to be hard for people to remember during the heat of an election, but for God's sake, TRY! America's a big place with lots of people, of course we don't agree and some of us don't get along, but how can America remain a great nation if we can't even respect each other? Whether you like it or not "lefties" are Americans, "righties" are Americans. Accept it, EMBRACE it, no where else in the world has the kind of diversity that we have. It's something that makes this the greatest nation on Earth. Why so much anger about it?

My condolences to the Obamas and anyone who has lost a loved one. It is a painful thing to bear and I wish everyone who has to strength.

God bless America, and EVERYONE in it.

Posted by: toldu17butilied | November 3, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey schmetterlingtoo: go crawl in a cave, and maybe the rest of us won't decide to punish all you unrepentant Bushies with a good spanking. We'll spend the next four years repairing everything you right wingnuts screwed up. Go look at your 401K reports, sit in a dark closet, and wait for the end of times. We'll be celebrating the Obama victory.

Posted by: SharptonVoter | November 3, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I tnink that McCain would be genuinly ashamed of the vitriol of the many of the posts in response to this article. It's one thing to disagree with someone but to spew the slime seen on many of these posts in face of someone's tragedy is truly dispicable. You are not Americans; you are pond scum.

Posted by: browneri | November 3, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

To supporters of John McCain, please show appropriate respect for the statement from him and his family:

"We offer our deepest condolences to Barack Obama and his family as they grieve the loss of their beloved grandmother. 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."

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 3, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I just love seeing how indignant you lefties are when you get a taste of your own medicine.

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

davec701: America is doomed to socialism by demographics. Democrats in 1965 decided to elect a new people by imposing a law that says we must admit one million immigrants every year, no matter what. The majority of them are from the third world and they don't care about liberty and free markets. They want the comfort of a government welfare check and the guarantee of section 8 housing, just like Obama's illegal alien auntie Zeituni.

Posted by: greg3 | November 3, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

SORRY TMC, YOU'RE TOO BLINDED BY THE MESSIAH OBAMA LIGHT. IT'S NOT AT ALL NOT AT ALL ABOUT HIS POOR GRANDMOTHER-IT'S ABOUT OBAMA EXPLOITING HIS POOR DYING GRANDMOTHER BY THROWING HER UNDER THE BUS, CALLING HER A "TYPICAL WHITE PERSON" AND A "RACIST" BECAUSE HE WAS CAUGHT IN A LIE ABOUT KNOWING REV. WRIGHT!

BUT YOU CAN'T SEE THAT-YOU ARE BLINDED BY THE LIGHT COMING FROM YOUR MESSIAH-THE SECOND COMING! THE RAPTURE OF OBAMA!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 3, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

@davec701

It's funny, by spewing the vitriol that you do you are saying that you think it's ok to be so disrespectful to the other side that it reaches the level of indecency, which means you think the very actions of the "lefties" who disrespected Republican and/or conservative figures is also ok.

Personally, I don't think that kind of behavior on either side is ok. I strongly dislike Bush, but I would never want to see him die or "burn in hell."

Posted by: paulflorez | November 3, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

*sigh* Do not feed the trolls, please.

My sympathies to Obama and his family.

Posted by: twp3p | November 3, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

You know, this election has shown us vitriolic hate on the right and on the left. I'm not sure why some people have to take it to the level of posting negatives about someone's grandmother who has passed away. It is not about who you are voting for -- it is common human decency to express sympathy.

Posted by: tmcd | November 3, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

hEY, IDIOT SAGE, HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY OBAMA EXPLOITING HIS GRANDMOTHER, WHO AT THE TIME WAS SICK IN HAWAII, BY DISINGENUOUSLY CALLING HER A TYPICAL WHITE PERSON WHO WAS "RACIST" HUH? JUST BECAUSE HE WAS CAUGHT IN A LIE ABOUT REV. WRIGHT?

HOW THE HELL DO YOU JUSTIFY SOMETHING LIKE THAT, HUH? I'M SURE YOU DO, OF COURSE, BECAUSE HE'S YOUR MESSIAH, SO HE CAN DO ABSOLUTELY NO WRONG!

YOU ALL HAVE REALLY DRUNK THE KOOL-AID! THANK GOD LIEBERMAN AND MYSELF HAVE SOME SENSE HERE!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 3, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

In 2012 people will wonder what the hell they were thinking when they voted for Obama, and us Republicans are going to take our country back.

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama squeezing a tear for his "racist" grandma. How touching. Well, at least we know for sure he has cancer genes. Perhaps God will activate them before he has a chance to destroy the Constitution.

Posted by: greg3 | November 3, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Good lord. The vitriol from both the left and the right is sickening. We are one screwed up country when people use the blogosphere to denigrate the candidates or past public servants on a posting page tied to an article about the passing of one of the candidates family members. Take the political speeches to other locations on the WP. Take the denigrating comments about those who have passed and keep them to yourselves. Have some respect and show some dignity. Grow up!

Posted by: sagedutch | November 3, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey Omyobama - the extent of my "hate" is that I hate you left-wingers as much as you hate Republicans. Earlier this year I saw a bumber sticker that said "Bipartisanship: I'll kiss your elephant if you kiss my ass." Well, fine. After eight years of vitriol, you guys are now going to reap what you have sown. Obama is no doubt going to be the worst joke this country has ever had a President. Never has such an inexperienced loser been voted into office.

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

She couldn't bare to see the son she raised...

LIE LIE LIE

Posted by: StarsAndStripesForever | November 3, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I'll give an example of what's not the "real America" - earlier this year some left wingers tried to shut down the Marine Corps recruiting office in Berkeley, California. REAL AMERICANS are proud of their armed forces and support them. REAL AMERICANS think it is honorable and noble to serve in the military, if one so chooses.

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

OH GREAT ONE, MY MESSIAH, MY SAVIOR, LET ME BOW DOWN TO YOU, TELL ME, TELL ME HOW I MAY SERVE YOU-YOU HAVE TO SAVE US ALL - ALL WHO DO NOT BELIEVE- YOU WILL SMITE THEM WITH YOUR SWORD, IT DOESN'T MATTER IF THEY ARE DEMS. THAT CAN'T BEAR THE SIGHT OF YOUR DISINGENUOUS LYING TYPICAL WHITE PERSON SELF! WHO'S NEVER DONE A GD THING IN YOUR LIFE! TELL US OH GREAT OBAMA! OUR MESSIAH! HE IS COME! THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST, THAT IS OBAMA!

GOD, YOU IDIOTS! I SWEAR, IT'S ENOUGH TO SWEAR ME OFF THE DEM. PARTY FOREVER!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 3, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

If there's a God in Heaven, the voters will spare us the agony of having this Marxist demagogue in the Oval Office. Obama refuses to put his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. Why? because people in other countries don't like America and he doesn't want to appear to be "taking sides." Jesus H. Christ, he wants to be President but he doesn't want to appear to be taking America's side?? WTF????

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

To davec and the other haters: freedom of speech also provides us all with the freedom to have some judgment. We expect to see your vile drek on the normal Trail posts, but you've topped yourselves here. It will make tomorrow all the more sweet. I have begun to revise my opinion: I think I am beginning to agree with Sen. McCain that some of us ARE the "Real Americans" the "real patriots." And here's a hint ... it's not the divisive, hating forces on this blog. Vote Hope, not Hate: Obama/Biden '08.

Posted by: Omyobama | November 3, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

If every anyone needed conclusive evidence that Rush Limbaugh is a super ass, it's here. Last week, while driving through Nevada, I listened in while Maha Rushie riffed on "whatever happened to the 'sick grandmother'". Well, Rush, this is what happened...

Posted by: scottcarlson1218 | November 3, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

That GD no good OBAMA THREW HIS POOR GRANDMOTHER UNDER THE BUS BY EXPLOITING HER AS THE "TYPICAL WHITE PERSON" SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, IN AN EFFORT TO DISINGENUOUSLY TRY TO SAY THAT SHE WAS LIKE THE RACIST HATE-MONGER REV. WRIGHT, WHEN HE TOLD THAT WHOPPING LIE ABOUT NOT KNOWING WHAT HE WAS ALL ABOUT!

YOU'RE A REAL PIECE OF WORK, OBAMA, I HOPE TO GOD YOU AREN'T ELECTED!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 3, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

schmetterlingtoo... really ignorant post to this article. I'm a McCain supporter but completely offended by your placement. Same as the idiots posting derogatory comments about William Rinquist. Completely classless!!!!!

Posted by: sagedutch | November 3, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Trolls know no right, trolls know no left. Trolls troll for the sake of trolling.

No one wins any points on earth let alone in heaven by fighting here.

Peace and sympathy to the family.

Posted by: kiosk | November 3, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama will be the Worst.President.Ever


21 Jan 2012: Obama's Last Day.

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Please, WaPo, in the name of decency, and on behalf of everyone who ever lost a grandparent they loved, delete nasty messages from this blog. Or at least move the vitriolic posts to another part of the website.

Our condolences to the Obama family.

Posted by: jonesey1 | November 3, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

It's sad that Barack's Grandmother will not be here to celebrate his victory. But she will be celebrating it with his Mother, and Grandfather at a bigger celebration. Our prayers goes out to their family.

Posted by: eldwan | November 3, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Very sad that the woman who raised him is not now with him in the final days of his historic candidacy -- win or lose.

But, after reading comments about alleged comments from people on the right and reading through the comments that have been posted, the worst is:

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What a contrast - Here's Democratic operative Alan Dershowitz on the Huffington Post. He says "good riddance" to the death of conservative Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-dershowitz/telling-the-truth-about-c_b_6844.html

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse
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In Alan's defense, Rehnquist was an old racist and the world is a better place without him. Well Mrs. Dunham was a very good woman.

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Seriously, can people be this crass?! How can you put this filth and lies up about one person and turn around a praise someone you only learned of in the past 6 or so months!?!? Hypocritical to say the least! And blatantly false -- Rinquist was not an old racist and this type of post has NO place anywhere much less in this forum on Obama's grandmother. Have you no shame at all!!!! (Btw, quite interesting how non ONE Obama supporter has noted this post as offensive and inappropriate. Shame on you all for your blatant partisanship.)

Posted by: sagedutch | November 3, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

To those who are complaining of being delete...maybe it would be nice that you keep outrageous comments on another post! This is a post to send our sympathy...If you have no hearts and still want to fight, do it somewhere else, be civilized.
My prayers to you M.Obama

Posted by: stella5 | November 3, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

"Toot" and her husband, and Obama's mother and father will all celebrate, in Heaven.
I'd bet my life Barak Obama and Joe Biden
(and families) have absolutely NO doubt about that.

Just because WE can't see THEM doesn't mean our departed loved ones aren't very much present in our lives.

Posted by: drjillshackford | November 3, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

You guys, everything is cool...life goes on and Acorn gots her vote. We be cool on dis. She voted before she died..in honor of all those who died before they voted, be cool. We will still steal this......
ACORN sends.

Posted by: 65apr | November 3, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

We extend our prayers and condolences to President Barack Obama, his sister and their families after the passing of their grandmother, Mrs. Madelyn Dunham. We will continue to work toward our shared goals and we will vote for you and Vice President Joseph Biden tomorrow. And we look forward to working with you during your first term as our President and Vice President of the United States of America. May God in the name Lord Jesus/Yeshua bless and keep you.

Posted by: lisabww | November 3, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

My suggestion for donations:

American Cancer Society- They do GREAT things.

https://www.cancer.org/docroot/DON/DON_1_Donate_Online_Now_Auto_Custom.asp?don_promo=WebMem

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 3, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

God bless the Obama family. Rest easy, Toot.

Posted by: gsross | November 3, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans' comments on this blog are really sickening. And these are supposed to be "compassionate"?! They accused Obama of dirty game when he went to visit her, and now accuse him of lack of passion.

Republicans = Fascists Light (like Coors Light)

Posted by: thought1 | November 3, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Great News!! Sarin Palin has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the overhyped "Troopergate" inquiry. Let's all congratulate her. Lefties, now's a great time for you to send in your apologies for all the mean-spirited crap you spewed about this issue.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D947PVBG0&show_article=1


Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

My heart truly goes out to Mr. Obama, Michelle, and their entire family. She saw her son make history, and I'm certain she died knowing he would be the next president of the United States.

To you heartless right-wingers who are out to somehow scoffing at this horrible death, you really personify what this new Republican party is about. Instead of taking the high road and recognizing her accomplishments and her wonderful job in raising Barack, you jeer at her. I simply do not understand. I hope your children grow up to be more mature than you are.

Posted by: rdacker | November 3, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear that news.

Posted by: johng1 | November 3, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

His Grandmother lived to see the best and not the worst of what Barrack campaign has brought to America. It really isn't about whether you win or loose to a mother or grandmother, but with what dignity you play the game. Barrack has run his campaign with with careful calm and class. Politics is not Sunday school, and the religious right really ain't "religious" so he had to hurl some of their own dirt back at them.

Cancer is still with us. Let's find a cure.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 3, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Something seems very out place. A lot of these crude and meansprited remarks, that show a lack of a moral compass, in the comments I have read about this woman's passing, are attributed to right-wingers. It must be some conspiracy because right-wingers are God's children from the Real AmeriKKKa and God through His Son, Jesus, preached about compassion and loving one another. So I believe that these most awful comments, which lack simple human decency, must be from some left-wing commie organization that is trying to make the RepubliKKKan base look like members of some such radical hate-group and we know that God-fearing, bible-toting, right-thinking Real AmeriKKKans would never behave in such a way as to make their Savior frown.

Posted by: JudgeRoyBean | November 3, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey dave -

"Hey borntorun45 - spare me the violin!! You lefties have no standing whatsoever to whine. Over the past eight years you have made the most vile, obnoxious, unbelievable comments about Republicans (check out the left-wing commentary on Sarah Palin's daughter). How does your own medicine taste? Its pretty bitter, huh? Get used to it."


Guess what? I'm not a leftie, just a human being. Sorry for the confusion.
Bet you feel kinda dumb now, huh? Get used to it - seems like a lifelong problem...

Posted by: borntorun45 | November 3, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

My heart goes out to Senator Obama and his family. May she rest in peace, knowing that her grandson will be the 44th President of the USA.

I cannot believe the what some are posting. Have they no shame, no heart?

God bless the Obama family, keep him safe from harm and God bless the USA.

Posted by: phirokawa | November 3, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

The loss of your loving Grandmother, leaves you an orphan in this world but one who has been blessed with her character and strength to sustain you now and through eternity. God grant you and your family peace in your grief.

Posted by: SolutionOriented | November 3, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

My deepest condolences to Barack and his family during this difficult time. I wish that his grandmother could have survived a few more days; especially if he was to be elected. Now if he wins, he victory will be bittersweet.

For all those on both sides who are classy enough to offer condolences and not make this a political thing; bravo.

To all those whole chose to insult Obama, shame on you. You people are truly dispicable and I find it quite hypocritical when majority of you people claim to be "pro-life".

Posted by: RedVox | November 3, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

What a contrast:

07 Jun 2004: On his Web site (www.rall.com), cartoonist Ted Rall said of Mr. Reagan: "I'm sure he's turning crispy brown right about now."

from
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2004/jun/07/20040607-115612-2904r/

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

There are lots and lots of pages to post yoru screeds on.

This isn't about free speach.

This is like defacing a condolence book at a funeral.

If you look at this blog, it starts out wonderfully.

Then the Republicans come into this place where people were trying to have just the smallest amount of humanity and decency and they ruin it.

Editors should edit.

Just as we have rules and regulations aginst shouting "fire" in a crowded theatre.

If you are loud and obnoxious at a resturant or a comedy club you will be asked to leave.

The right to free speech is not absolute in time and space.

There are many other pages on this site and you can post what you want on any of time, subject ot exclusions against profanity, etc.

But this page is, or at least started out to be, a place where people could say "I'm sorry for your loss"

I pity the people who post hate messages on a condolence page like this one.

They are truly sick and twisted individuals.

I hope our paths never cross.


Posted by: svreader | November 3, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey borntorun45 - spare me the violin!! You lefties have no standing whatsoever to whine. Over the past eight years you have made the most vile, obnoxious, unbelievable comments about Republicans (check out the left-wing commentary on Sarah Palin's daughter). How does your own medicine taste? Its pretty bitter, huh? Get used to it.

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

GreenHornet1 | November 3, 2008 4:44 PM wrote:

"I don't support Obama, but this is sad. Too sad. Condolences. "

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As an Obama supporter, I thank you. You truly exemplify maturity and class.


Posted by: luvmynaturalhair | November 3, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Please remember the comments below when you to vote tomorrow (or today). If these callous right wingers care so little about a woman on her death bed, how much do you think they care about your job, your house or your family?

VOTE OBAMA

Posted by: robertchoward | November 3, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

davec701 | November 3, 2008 7:49 PM wrote:

"You lefties make fun of McCain's age and laugh about how he might die in office, then you expect sympathy?"

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Actually ... no ... we expect nothing from people like you. And you never disappoint us.

Posted by: luvmynaturalhair | November 3, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

What a contrast - Here's Democratic operative Alan Dershowitz on the Huffington Post. He says "good riddance" to the death of conservative Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-dershowitz/telling-the-truth-about-c_b_6844.html

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse
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In Alan's defense, Rehnquist was an old racist and the world is a better place without him. Well Mrs. Dunham was a very good woman.

Posted by: question-guy | November 3, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Sad, sad news. Good news though, ACORN has her regestered and ready to vote tommorrow. Vote early, vote often and, please, please, being dead is not an excuse to not vote democrat.

Posted by: 65apr | November 3, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I DO expect Mr Obama to win the election, tomorrow, and I am sorry this will sadden what should otherwise be a historic moment.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | November 3, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

So any criticism of Obama is a "hate message?" Gee what ever happened to "dissent is patriotic?" What about my right to free speech? Yes, that's just a rhetorical question. We all know that you lefties only support free speech when you agree with it. Anything that you disagree with must be censored. Its for the good of the people. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Acually, us lefties believe that every American who dies in Iraq is a horrible unnecessary death and that's why we're trying to end the war.

But this page isn't about that. Its about Barack Obama's Grandmother dying.

Do you have any sense at all?

As far as the WP deleting hate posts, that's exactly what's their supposed to due under theor own published guidelines.

You might try reading them some time.

I hope that the WP starts folloiwng them, because it would make these boards far hetter and far more interesting.

Posted by: svreader | November 3, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Very, very sad. She must have been a wonderful person. Now, what of Aunt Zeituni, brother George and probably many other relatives in Africa?

Posted by: filoporquequilo | November 3, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

"lefties" do this and "righties" do that. Seriously, how old are you people?

Posted by: lifeisvertigo85 | November 3, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

You lefties make fun of McCain's age and laugh about how he might die in office, then you expect sympathy?

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

What a contrast - lefties used to gleefully talk about high casualties in Iraq because that was bad for George Bush. Now that we are winning decisively in Iraq, we don't seem to hear about it anymore.

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

You lefties disparage Sarah Palin's family and now you expect sympathy?

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I dunno.

We all have to make our own decisions, don't we?

But if you feel your rage, or reaction, is correct, more power to you.

I, and I would think, most of the world, thinks differently.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | November 3, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

If the WP doesn't feel comfortable editing hate messages out of this condolence page, may I suggest setting up another page, strictly for expressions of sympathy, that would be forwarded to the Obama family.

It is beyond belief that anyone would be so mean-spirited as to post messages of hate on a page like this one.

Posted by: svreader | November 3, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

You lefties disparage Sarah Palin's family and now you expect sympathy?

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey svreader - Spare us your whiny comments about "Have you no decency?"
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The comparisons are superficial, but then no one is surprised, really, that some have no decency.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | November 3, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

2tutus you are such a good person. It warmed my heart to read your post. This election has been really ugly and people on BOTH sides are behaving in a very inhumane manner. Obama's grandmother was a good decent woman and I think she raised Obama pretty well. Everyone, no matter their politcal affiliation should be able to relate to the death of a loved one. Naming examples of ignorant "liberals" who disrespected "conservatives" does not give you free reign to be ignorant.
I am 23 years old and I am smart enough to know that at the end of this election we are all still AMERICANS! In this country you go out and vote and sometimes you get the person that you wanted in office and sometimes you don't. But no matter what you deal with it in a RESPECTFUL manner! During this presidential race I have seen middle aged people act like children. It's sad really. I am an Obama supporter and I really want him to win but if McCain wins I will RESPECT him as the president. I didn't agree with George W. bush but I would never say the ignorant things about him that people are saying about Obama! Both Obama and McCain are fairly decent people they just have different views on what's best for this country. It's to be expected. All of this negativity is ridiculous.

Posted by: lifeisvertigo85 | November 3, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey svreader - Spare us your whiny comments about "Have you no decency?" First of all, this is a political blog, not a "condolence page." Second, the left has broken all taboos over the past eight years in this regard (Bush is Hitler, Good Riddance Ronald Reagan, etc) so shut up and get used to it. Now that you lefties have taken America into the gutter, I'm happy to go down to your level and get dirty. Does it make you mad that I have criticized your precious messiah?

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm very sorry for this loss, may she rest in peace.

My condolences to the Obama family.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | November 3, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

TYPICAL WHITE PERSON" THAT'S WHAT OBAMA CALLED HIS POOR SICK GRANDMOTHER A FEW MONTHS AGO WHEN HE WAS TRYING TO EXPLOIT HER WHITENESS IN ORDER TO GET OVER THE LIE HE TOLD ABOUT THE RACIST REV. WRIGHT BEING HIS SPIRITUAL ADVISOR.

A REAL DISINGENUOUS PIECE OF WORK, YOU ARE, BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!

I HOPE TO GOD YOU AREN'T ELECTED!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
And I hope you seek out the help you obviously need.

Posted by: AverageJane | November 3, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

To those who post hateful, hurtful, things on a page of condolences for the dead I ask one simple question --

Have you no decency sir or madam?

At long last, have you no decency?

There are dozens of other articles to spread your venom on.

Place you stinger there.

Let the dead rest in peace and do not twist the knife in those that have suffered such a loss.

Have you no decency?

Posted by: svreader | November 3, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Toot for all the wonderful traits you passed on to your grandson. I and most of America are forever greatful for the hope that has filled us thanks to your actons. I'll be voting for your Grandson with a joyfilled heart, knowing that you are looking down to see him make history. Then together we will change the world, all thanks to you.

Obama/Biden 08
For Toot!

Posted by: GirlfromAlaska | November 3, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Real family values, shown by real people.

This upstanding American woman and her grandson have been inspirational to people all over the world.

Posted by: jaysit | November 3, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Maureen, honey you'll REALLY be sick in the tummy in a year from now, into an Obama presidency, because then you'll find out what he's REALLY like-and it won't be pretty!

Posted by: arrabbiato | November 3, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Here's a typical Lefty who made a whole website to show his glee over the death of Ronald Reagan. Now Lefties want us to show dignity and respect. Sorry. You will now reap what you have sown:

http://deadreaganlol.ytmnd.com/


Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I also send my condolance to Sen. Obama and his family.May I say this blog bought tears to my eyes I was so refreshing as I was just at Greta blog OTR what some where saying made me feel sick in the tummy.
Than you, all here for restoring my faith in the American people.

Maureen in Australia

Posted by: moseyon | November 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Out of respect for the dead and for the Obama family, I move that and and all negative, nasty, mean spirited, or insulting comments be stricken from this page.

Let them be posted somewhere else.

They have no place on this page.

May God grant the entire Obama family peace and strength during this difficult time.

Posted by: svreader | November 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Barack's Grandmother went to heaven today, tomorrow he goes to the White House.

God, Elohim, Adoni, Allah , Yahweh, does surely work in mysterious and wonderous ways.

Posted by: garygelormino1 | November 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Who cares ?
His wife and children must not have cared. They didn't even go visit her while she was on her death bed. Bet that made her feel real proud.
Besides, there were more important things to tend to like holding rallies for Barrack while he was gone so whitie din't gain ground.

Posted by: Royd1 | November 3, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Very sad. She was so close to seeing both a personal family achievement of the highest order and an historic moment ... also of the highest order.

She did a good job with her grandson, for which the whole world is grateful.

Posted by: terry1960 | November 3, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

What a contrast - Here's Democratic operative Alan Dershowitz on the Huffington Post. He says "good riddance" to the death of conservative Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-dershowitz/telling-the-truth-about-c_b_6844.html

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Our hearts go out to Sen./President Obama and his family. What a wonderful lady to have raised this very special human being; we know she's at peace now and is somehow aware of the great blessing this country has bestowed on her grandson. We hope our new president can temporarily set aside the pain of his loss to feel some measure of joy at his victory. We share a small degree of that pain, having lost loves ones of our own, but we're overjoyed Sen. Obama will soon be the president-elect and can begin the process of moving our country in a positive new direction.

Posted by: yogi11 | November 3, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

R.I.P.

Posted by: DariusSinclair | November 3, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Condolences, and thank you Toot.

Posted by: elroy1 | November 3, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

May God bless her soul.

Posted by: manny3 | November 3, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

So sad. It would have been wonderful if she could have lived long enough to see her grandson elected.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Obama family.

Posted by: laSerenissima2003 | November 3, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Our hearts go out to Sen./President Obama and his family. What a wonderful lady to have raised this very special human being; we know she's at peace now and is somehow aware of the great blessing this country has bestowed on her grandson. We hope our new president can temporarily set aside the pain of his loss to feel some measure of joy at his victory. We share a small degree of that pain, having lost loves ones of our own, but we're overjoyed Sen. Obama will soon be the president-elect and will can the process of moving our country in a positive new direction.

Posted by: yogi11 | November 3, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

youarestillidiots, the censor has to leave work at some time . . .

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 3, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

....Rest in Peace Toot....We'll pick up the torch and help carry him to VICTORY from here....

Posted by: benighse | November 3, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

That censor does make for some unlikely alliances of opinion, one must admit. Squelching political dialog is bad anywhere, but this is a CAMPAIGN BLOG.

I think the person behind this is now personally committed to a battle against certain usernames, and is too invested to admit he's making his organization look terrible.

Posted by: youarestillidiots | November 3, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

This announcement is very sad. At the very time her grand son is going to make history. But I try to think closely to what happened and try to think of the message behind this drama. It appears as a sacrifice for granting us with something incredible. The message is beyond this loss.

Posted by: bertrandgoue | November 3, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

To the Washington Post censor who is deleting all dissenting messages: you are a complete loser. No wonder your paper's circulation is sinking like a stone. But don't worry, when your paper finally goes under Obama will "redistribute" money away from people who actually work and give it to you.

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

dave: check FreeRepublic and RedState threads before you draw such conclusions

Posted by: youarestillidiots | November 3, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

What a contrast. When a Republican-affiliated person dies the Left drips with contempt and "good riddance" messages. For example, During Ronald Reagan's funeral, Ted Rall made it a point to say that Reagan would go straight to hell. And now we're supposed to fawn over Obama. Sorry lefties, you broke the taboo and now you are going to reap what you have sown. Obama might get elected, but no Marxist "community organizer" will ever be my President.

Posted by: davec701 | November 3, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

My prayers to the Obama family. It saddens me that his grandmother did not live to see the end of this election. I hope that in the midst of all this work Senator Obama (and as President elect Obama) he will find time to grieve with his family at his side.

Posted by: zenaby56 | November 3, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

*sigh* What horrible timing on top of their loss. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

And how ironic (and rather disgusting, to be honest) that today the Republican National Committee in California filed suit against the Obama campaign for using the campaign plane (and allegedly campaign funds) for making the personal visit to see her last month.

Posted by: Gayle_in_NY | November 3, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

How sad that she didn't live long enough to see tomorrows result. She's a true American hero in my book. Thanks Toots.

Posted by: thebobbob | November 3, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Mes condoleances pour BARACK OBAMA et la famlle

OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!


NETHERLANDS

Posted by: fu_buki | November 3, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I guess she felt he was alright, and she could go.
I feel sorry for this loss. She was the only family he had left, apart from the family he built. And he must be extremely sad.

Peace to this lady, and this family.

Posted by: think-of-it | November 3, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Dear Obama Family,

My blessings for you and the family. God is blessing Grandmother Toot as well as she has given you a strength that she will continue to instill in you over your lifetime.
My father passed yesterday and today I lost my job. But I have the blessings of God and my father on my side, and I pray they pray for you as well.
My father immigrated from Ireland and I remember a tear in his eye when I finished my Ph.D. You inspire people of my generation and hopefully open the eyes of the people who do not see your special strength calm and quiet as it is.

Rath Dé ort! (The grace of God be with you)

Posted by: kare1 | November 3, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Very sad.

Let's win one for Toot.

Posted by: WillSeattle | November 3, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Sincere Condolences to the Barack Obama Family. May Grandmother Toots have passed away with a smile on her face from the certain knowledge that her grandson will be President come tomorrow.

Posted by: csfoster2000 | November 3, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

lIFE HAS A WAY OF DEALING OUT SORROW JUST BEFORE A GREAT GIFT OF JOY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN.

MY SINCEREST WISH FOR OBAMA'S GRANDMOTHER'S LIFELONG HOPES, DREAMS AND SUPPORT COME TO FRUITION. OBAMA WILL KNOW IT, IN HER PASSING SHE WILL KNOW IT AND AMERICA WILL KNOW IT.

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | November 3, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts and prayers to Sen. Barack Obama and his family.

Posted by: loveconquersfear | November 3, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to the Obama family, but she will have a better view of the magic to come. Maybe she and Russert will have a nice chat when she gets up there.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | November 3, 2008 4:55 PM
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This one made me smile through my tears. I can imagine Russert now, "Right here, one full hour (or all of eternity) with Tutu Dunham? Tell me, how does it feel to see your grandson become President?"

The rest of us have to wait to hear this interview!

Posted by: meldupree | November 3, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh, how cruel!

My prayers go out to Barack. So sad that no one who raised him can see all that he has accomplished.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | November 3, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

There in heaven Toot’s at rest,
Knowing well the days to come,
She saw him through many a trial,
And now she watches from above.

What a gift she gave this life,
A daughter who knew to dream.
And as she changed the world her way,
Barack sat at Toot’s knee.

Two women have guided this boy,
To the destiny the man now ascends.
And as he looks back upon this day, sadness rushes in.

But discipline and practicality passed,
Barack won’t concede the fight.
As the world awaits with bated breath,
And naysayers are held at bay,
The sacrifices of spirits old carry us all into a new day.

May God Bless and be with the Obama Family.

Posted by: CharacterCounts | November 3, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

God Bless the Obama family during this difficult time.

Obama/Biden 2008 & 2012!!

Posted by: bobby20 | November 3, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Its heartwarming to see so many postings of sympathy.

I'd like to offer my condolences as well.

Glancing through, I didn't seen anything nasty or mean spirited from the other side.

Maybe there's hope for us yet.

My God grant Barack and his family peace.

May they always remember her with joy.

God bless them all.

Posted by: svreader | November 3, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

It is sad to learn that Toot has died. It is even sadder that she did not live another day to see her grandson elected President of the United States. My sympathies to the entire family.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | November 3, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

My deepest condolences to Obama and his family. I share in his grief with the rest of the world. May God give him strength to overcome this sorrow. May his grandma's soul rest in peace.

Posted by: jisantiago | November 3, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I am a McCain supporter, My family sends their deepest symathy to the Obama family for such a sad loss. Best of luck tomorrow. I would absolutely prefer a McCain win, however, we will support our president even if it is Barack Obama, we must be civil, we are all "American First." Sorry for your loss!

Posted by: 2tutus | November 3, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I am so thankful for the fruits of her work, exposed through Obama. Bless her and her grandson. She really took care of him, very well, and he appreciates it. I was so anxious for her to see through to tomorrow. I am thankful that she did see this far. I look forward to them having a private ceremony. It is sad to lose the "rock" of the family, and the last one. Perhaps her "work" was done. God bless and bless you Obama. I am thankful he got to spend time with her one last time. I'm sure this is quite a disappointment.

Posted by: Obama2008 | November 3, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Any mention of "censoring" is also getting deleted. Interesting indeed.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 3, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Rest In Peace Toot. Now on to Jesus; His good and faithful soldier. You did all that he expects from all of us...you left a deposit in the earth for the next generation!

May God's Peace and Blessings be with the Obama/Durham family at this most difficult time.

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: Beingsensible | November 3, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

My heart goes out to the Obama family at this critical juncture in their lives.

Sure, as one poster said: people die every day. BUT it's not every day that your grandson is about to be elected president of the United States.

And it's not just any day, the day before an election that will determine how America and the world faces the challenges ahead, that Senator Obama could 'take off.'

How crude of anyone who thinks that. Give your politics a rest - it has NO bearing here.

Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the Obama family at this time. And sorry his grandmother didn't get to see him make history on November 4th.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | November 3, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Rest in Peace Miss "Toot". You did a marvelous job raising a marvelous individual. Eventhough you didn't make quite to the finish line, in fact you will be there in spirit to see your grandson complete one remarkable journey that you are mostly responsible for.

Prayers go out to Barack Obama and family. I'm sure this is a very emotional time for all involved. I think Miss "Toot" would want you to finish the race and you shall grant her wish.

I am reminded that I lost both of my grandmothers almost 1 year apart from each other before graduating from High School and they were as influential in my life as my mother if not more and tomorrow, if Obama is elected, it will be about the both of those wonderful ladies as well as my mother if given another three years would have witnessed something none of them ever believed would happen.

Thank you Miss Dunham for sharing your gift to all of us.

Posted by: rmattocks | November 3, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU GRAND MOM! YOUR LITTLE BARRY WILL BE A GREAT PRESIDENT.

Posted by: blueyes1 | November 3, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Our hearts are with Senator Obama (soon to be president). We know his gramdmother is with him in spirit and she will celebrate from heaven with him tommorrow.

Posted by: eagle5 | November 3, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Grandparents are a gift to their grandchildren -- they give love, guidance, and care. They do so with the hope and dream that will grow into well rounded people who treat others well. Grandma Dunham your hope has been realized. Your grandchildren are exceptional people.

Rest in Peace.

Posted by: kathiewe | November 3, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

god has come for another angel. expressing my deepest of sympathy to you and your family. the lost of a love one is never easy but being as we all know you are a man of faith, god will help you through this most difficult time. We will all remember her in our hearts as the woman who helped raise and blessed us with the next commander in-chief who will put this country back on its feet and bring us all a little closer and realizing as you have always said we are all one and in this world together.. We thank god for her time and service here and for giving us you...

Posted by: lawsonchandlerp | November 3, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

It is wonderful that she lived long enough to see her grandson come to represent the dreams of many people in this country. It is sad that cancer has taken both Obama's mother and grandmother. Best wishes to the family.

Posted by: AsperGirl | November 3, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Rest in peace lady. You did an excellent job bringing up your grandchildren. How sad that you will not see him in the White House.

Posted by: truth1 | November 3, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I am saddened she passed, but certainly very Glad she raised her Grandson!

A life well lived is always a cause for somber celebrating, and I am smiling this evening thru a few tears.

Posted by: pvogel88 | November 3, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Yes, very sad news indeed coming so close to victory. Leonardo da Vinci wrote that just as a day well spent brings peaceful sleep, a life well spent brings a peaceful death. Guiding, supporting, and loving a grandchild is certainly a life well spent.

Posted by: FellowTraveler | November 3, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Madely Dunham entered into the new world to hear our Heavenly Father saying, "WELL DONE!"

Posted by: Jamesdstill40 | November 3, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Just wanted to say condolences to the Obama family. The fact she raised a Presidential candidate and possibly the future President is amazing.

Posted by: jamie814b | November 3, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't know a soul who's not been battered,
I don't have a friend who feels at ease.
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
Or driven to its knees.

But it's all right, it's all right,
For we've lived so well, so long.
Still, when I think of the road we're traveling on,
I wonder what's gone wrong.
I can't help it, I wonder what's gone wrong.
--Paul Simon, "American Tune"

Tomorrow! Obama '08


Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope tomorrow she can look down from heaven and see her grandson win. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Obama family. The down to earth morals she possessed are quite evident in Obama. There is no free ride, but if you work hard and sacrifice you can reach your potential was a life lesson for Barack.

Posted by: jameschirico | November 3, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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What a sad day this is... she raised a great human being.

With a heavy heart we will celebrate her life by electing her grandson as our next president.
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Posted by: A-Voter | November 3, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to Barack Obama and Maya Soetoro-Ng and families.

God Bless you Mrs. Dunham. You have not only raised an exceptional leader, you have raised an exceptional human being.

Aloha

Posted by: Rachel10 | November 3, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

The loss of a loved one is something that all people can relate to regardless of circumstances or beliefs, and I don't think any of us are immune to the tragedy of this particular loss.

My heartfelt condolences go out to senator Obama and his family. I am sure that your grandmother knew when she looked at you that she had done good work in her life. Most of the people that meet you know it as well.

Posted by: TRACIETHEDOLPHIN | November 3, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

This is terribly sad news, and I feel sorry for Senator Obama and his family. Thank goodness that he took the time to say a proper goodbye, campaign or no campaign. As others here have said, she must have been one wonderful woman, given the way her grandson turned out.

Posted by: lydgate | November 3, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Madelyn Dunham - This vote is for you!

Posted by: BasicInstinct | November 3, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Im so sorry for your loss, Mr. President Obama.

Posted by: justanurse42 | November 3, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I so hoped she would make it through Tuesday to share in his success.

Posted by: ScoutieDog | November 3, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to Senator Obama and his family. I am sure that she is at peace and her spirit is guiding him.

Posted by: LABC | November 3, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family........your dear grandmother (& mine was Meemie) will be with you tomorrow and everyday of your life and with your loved ones......I am sure she is looking down upon you, showering you with her strength and love. Our God holds us all in his hands..........close you eyes, breathe deeply, exhale slowly.......this too will pass with glory.
Sheri

Posted by: sheryl1 | November 3, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

How sad. I can't help thinking of that old saying....

"When one door closes, another one opens..."

You raised a good one, Toot.

Posted by: mavisdarling | November 3, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama's got this one wrapped up. God called mom home. Job well done.

Posted by: RealNthisWorld | November 3, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

She is just one of many who died today. Disease, Accident or natural causes. I want to say sorry for all you folks who lost a loved one.

Not just Obama

Posted by: grandus11 | November 3, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Barack Obama during this difficult time.

Posted by: ms_victor | November 3, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Im so happy that Obama visited her recently. It says so much about the man,
and his family.

Aloha...

Posted by: bushieisa | November 3, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Too bad she didn't live another day or two to see his victory, but I think she knows.

Posted by: AbolhassanBaniSadr | November 3, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

What a tragedy. She dies the day before her grandson wins the presidential election.

Tomorrow we celebrate the election of Barack Oboma, and then we can let him morn the loss of his beloved grandmother.

Posted by: maphound | November 3, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I wish she could have seen her grandson become president, but where she is now, she already knows it. God bless.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | November 3, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

She raised a fine grandson. Her dream will be realized tomorrow.

Posted by: hamishdad | November 3, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

so sad to suffer two loses!

Posted by: JWx2 | November 3, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

SHE saw him get Elected for the DNC Ticket.
SHE knew Barak would win the Presidential Election.
If there was a way to pass away peacefully.
Hope it was with a proud smile on her face.

Madelyn Dunham RIP

Posted by: Fei_Hu | November 3, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mrs. Dunham.

Posted by: martymar123 | November 3, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

From Eastport, Maine supporters. Our deepest sympathy for your family's loss, but she must have known how much your presence and leadership will be to our nation as President. Metta, Al and Kelle Erikson

Posted by: dancingdogspottery | November 3, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to the Obama family. What a remarkable woman to have raised a truly remarkable man!

Posted by: sgarney | November 3, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I am sure that she will be cheering all those on high come tomorrow night. May our heart felt sorrow go to the family. I know first hand how it is to loose someone to cancer.

Posted by: david79 | November 3, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

It's sad news. I join Obama in his grief. Twice sad since she won't witness Obama's performance to the end. Win or not, Obama is living example of a well brought up child. Thanks to her grandma for giving to America and the world such a guy like Obama! Requiem in Pace!

Posted by: adiantrrosa | November 3, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I was so sorry to hear of the death of his grandmother. I was hoping for just one for day for her. She did a great job raising Barack.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis once said, "If you fail at raising your children, nothing else you do in life matters." Baracks mother and grandmother were great successes.

Posted by: DougH1 | November 3, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow...this is so sad, may she be at peace with no more pain and suffering. Our condolences to the family of Madelyn Dunham. We will all have the pleasure to feel the applause of her spirit like a gentle wind blowing when they announce Obama's Presidential Victory.

Posted by: qorbell71 | November 3, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama probably told his grandmother the truth: That barring a great catastrophe he would be elected POTUS. God will probably give her a front seat at the inauguration. As for our next president: He more than likely prepared himself for this news. Most of us have noted a more subdued Obama on the trail the last few days. I wonder if Bush will make Air force 2 available to him to go to the funeral. It would be a nice gesture.

Posted by: Opa2 | November 3, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

असतो मा सद्गमय तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय मृत्योर् मा अमृतं गमय ॐ शांति शांति शांति

From Falsehood to Truth
From Darkness to Light
From death to immortality

Peace!

Posted by: lauriemehta | November 3, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I cannot imagine a greater sense of pride then what she must have felt for her grandson. There is no better gauge of how well someone raised their children (or in this case grandchildren) then what those children are able to do with their lives. Win or lose Obama has achieved more than most people dream of ever achieving, and he has done it with an amazing sense of peace. He must have grown up in an environment where he felt safe to take chances to have dreamed so big.

Posted by: bjuhasz | November 3, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Aloha and mahalo nui loa to you, Tutu. A life well lived.

Many condolences to the Obamas, Ng-Soetoros and Dunhams.

Posted by: Roselani | November 3, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Now she belongs to the ages. Grab your copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Pull your loved ones close. If they are not nearby, think of them. Read "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry". We will all stand eye to eye and watch the Sunset together.

Posted by: Willmagnus101 | November 3, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

LeRiverend, no one could have said it better.

Posted by: mvm_ffx | November 3, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

In some ways, I think by the timing of her death she was saying "Ok, Barack, I helped you to get you to where you are. I've prepped you for your next journey, and my work is done. You are ready to separate and be a man, and to be President."

Barack Obama's family and his life are really quite extraordinary.

Posted by: VictoriaBalfour | November 3, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the Dunham and Obama’s families. Two powerful women shaped the man that many people turn to for a CHANGE that is so desperately needed in America today. Incidentally, cancer took their lives before they had the opportunity to rejoice with their son and grandson for his extraordinary accomplishments!

Take heart Obama for we share in your loss. Your grandmother has given America and the world a parting gift that will be felt and appreciated in America and beyond. We mourn with you and stand ready to celebrate your success tomorrow night. Go OBAMA!!!!

Posted by: ifedigbo | November 3, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham - rest in peace.

You gave the world two beautiful grandchildren - Barack and Maya.

Condolences to the family.

Posted by: DOlivervelez | November 3, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

How sad. Bless this woman for sacrificing so much of herself and showing so much love for another human being, her grandson. What a wonderful woman.

Posted by: tmaffolter | November 3, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama, Michelle and family - Please accept my heartfelt condolences. We have been truly blessed by Madelyn Dunham, who raised and gave to the world such an incredible grandson.

This election is for you, Tutu!

Posted by: CEckert | November 3, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

God bless the Durham and Obama families during this time.

Posted by: lnj1908 | November 3, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I was so sorry to hear that she didn't get to see her Grandson win, but I'm sure she will have a ringside seat in heaven....

Posted by: ksmoneal | November 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

How terribly, terribly sad. I'm so glad she had a chance to see that her grandson turned out to be a world-class guy. I wish she had lived to see the outcome tomorrow.

I have already encountered some very mean-spirited comments from the wingnuts and Freepers about her death. And here I thought you claimed to be Christians. Not so much, eh? Family values, anyone? Nope. Hearing a big echo there, too.

Posted by: bjalexa | November 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

She must have been an outstanding person. I hope she understood what her years of self-sacrifice on Barack's behalf contributed to our nation.

Posted by: AtltoPDX | November 3, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to the next President of the United States and his family. My adopted mother died at 85 from cancer. My words to the family are simply, "Be strong." In the mean time, how does one distinguish between tears of joy and tears of sadness? Pardon me, but at the moment, I need a mask for my tears.

Posted by: wastheword | November 3, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

She see you baby, go to your destiny!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: zippergyrl | November 3, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for what you have done for America, Madelyn.

Posted by: mtobias1 | November 3, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

At least it was expected. Certainly condolences to Obama and his family...

http://www.political-buzz.com/


Posted by: parkerfl1 | November 3, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

May she rest in peace. I am very thankful for giving the world someone with the strength and talent such as Barack Obama.

I am sure he will be the next Prez.

Posted by: vjusa | November 3, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

She left the world a better place than she found it. She gave us a remarkable man, poised to accomplish remarkable things.

Posted by: robin5956 | November 3, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I am so sorry to hear this news. I'm sure she died knowing, like all of us, that no matter the election result, her grandson is a true winner.

Posted by: hartogold | November 3, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I am very sorry to hear that--my she rest in peace. She will watch from Heaven with your parents and ancestors.

Also: you have just gained another Guardian Angel--may they and God be with you.

Cheryl C.

Posted by: cherylc1 | November 3, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

The greatest compliment a grandmother can recieve is how well her grandkids turned out. Toot how your grandson has turned out speaks volumes about you.

I'd like to think she wanted to join her daughter in sharing the most historic event of our lifetime. RIP, my family's condolences and prayers go out to the Obama family.

Posted by: AverageJane | November 3, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

How tragic that she would pass the day before the election. My condolences to Sen. Obama and his entire family.

Posted by: Gavin082 | November 3, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Very sad that she didn't get to see her grandson on Tuesday. I hope she didn't suffer too greatly. My condolences to the family.

It occurred to me that Obama would have been the only President (or even President-elect) with a living grandparent.

Posted by: cyberfool | November 3, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to the Obama family.

Posted by: ecostarr | November 3, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to the Obama family, but she will have a better view of the magic to come. Maybe she and Russert will have a nice chat when she gets up there.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | November 3, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry. She sounds like she was a wonderful person to have been around.
Sen. Obama is so fortunate as to have had her around for so long. I miss my grandparents each day they are no longer here. I hope she rests in peace, and that she got a great amount of joy seeing her grandson on the cusp of doing something remarkable.

Posted by: Meepo | November 3, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

My sincere condolences to Obama's family.

But I still do not wish for an Obama presidency.

Posted by: alutz08 | November 3, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I am so sorry that this wonderful strong woman did not get to see tomorrow. She has given us all a gift in the person of Barack, whose courage and character come directly from her. Rest in peace.

Posted by: pjwhite530 | November 3, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The most important and formative role model in my life is my mother. For Senator Obama, it seems pretty clear cut that Toot held a similar role. Her love and support for him has unexpectedly presented this nation with a man who symbolizes the American Dream and offers us leadership and hope.

It is terribly sad that she could not hold on long enough to see her grandson elected, but I am certain that she went into the unknown with the knowledge that whatever outcome of the election, she had lived a life of amazing success. May flights of angels guide her to her rest, and may Senator Obama and his family gain strength in the years ahead from her memory.

Posted by: Josiwe | November 3, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

How sad that she will miss tomorrow's historic events. Thank you, Mrs. Dunham, for raising such a fine human being.

Posted by: caridee1 | November 3, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Truly tragic.

So sad that she could not have lived to see her grandson become President tomorrow.

Condolences.

Posted by: FivePlaneMcCain | November 3, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Very sad, second hand smoke kills.

Posted by: peterdaol | November 3, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Now go win this thing!
For everybody and for Toot.

Posted by: AB68 | November 3, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Condolences to the Senator, his sister, and all of Tutu's family.

Senator, you were very fortunate to know her, and have her as your grandmother.

Posted by: theyhatepoorpeople | November 3, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

May she smile upon him from heaven tomorrow night.

Posted by: giogg | November 3, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Our hearts are with you Sen. Obama--I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you Mrs. Dunham for your influence that has contributed to such a capable, strong and inspirational leader for our country.

R.I.P.

Posted by: DinahS | November 3, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Watch with Pride and joy from Heaven!
Rest in Peace, Grand'maa
(Thanks for Obama)

Posted by: MohamedL | November 3, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

May God Bless her soul. She has given a priceless gift to this country by seeding high values in Barak.

Posted by: yeda924 | November 3, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

so sad... but good that he got to visit her.

yes, dbitt. His success is also hers.

Posted by: chiquita2 | November 3, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Her legacy, her wisdom and spirit will live on and continue to help grow, teach and inspire now through her Grandson and our future. One chapter ends, and a new one begins. Yes we can, because of Madelyn.

Posted by: Hillary08 | November 3, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

How sad, my condolences go out to Barack and his family. I echo the sentiment of LeRiverend and thank this woman for her grandson.

I know his grandmother will be watching the election results and Barack's inauguration from heaven, with Barack's mother by her side.

Posted by: greatscott47 | November 3, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

May she smile upon him from heaven tomorrow night.

Posted by: giogg | November 3, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

This sad news will make Obama's victory tomorrow all the more bittersweet. I am reminded of all those who struggled for so long and who did not live to see this historic moment.

Condolences to the Obama family and thank you to Madelyn Dunham for raising such an exemplary grandson.

Posted by: dee5 | November 3, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

My condolences ...

Posted by: sseedragon | November 3, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

How terribly sad for Obama.

She must have have been a remarkable woman to raise such a fine grandson. Her contribution to this country has and will be incalculable.

My condolences to the entire family.

Posted by: amym2 | November 3, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Rest in peace, Tutu Dunham; you and your husband gave America a fine gift in the person of Barack Hussein Obama. Rest in peace [t].

Posted by: meldupree | November 3, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Very very sad news- I'm glad that Sen. Obama made time during the campaign to visit her and offer my condolences to him and his family on her passing. There's no doubt she was a powerful influence on him growing up, and his success in life is hers as well.
Rest in peace.
DB

Posted by: dbitt | November 3, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't support Obama, but this is sad. Too sad. Condolences.

Posted by: GreenHornet1 | November 3, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

My Condolences.

IF, Barack does win, I am sure she would have wanted to see it.

Or, at least I would like to think so!

I Really hope the ordeal of this election, did not in any way precipitate her demise.

God Bless!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 3, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Condolences to the Obama clan.

Posted by: ntlekt | November 3, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I had only wished two more days. Thank you for your grandson

Posted by: LeRiverend | November 3, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

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