Skip to comments.Obama hops off US election trail to see ailing grandmother
Posted on 10/23/2008 4:29:51 PM PDT by Shermy
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (AFP) Barack Obama on Thursday quit the White House trail for Hawaii and an emotional reunion with his gravely ill 85-year-old grandmother, 12 days before the US presidential election.
Madelyn Dunham, who raised the 47-year-old Obama for much of his childhood, is his sole remaining link with his tight-knit family after his mother died of cancer more than a decade ago.
The Democratic nominee's compassionate leave comes with Republican John McCain searching for a sudden lurch in momentum and new polls showing Obama well positioned in the vital battleground states set to decide the November 4 election.
Obama told CBS television that he decided to make the exhausting journey half-way across the Pacific to see Dunham -- nicknamed "Toot" -- despite the crush of campaign events as he "got there too late" when his mother Ann Dunham died.
"We knew that she wasn't doing well but, you know, the diagnosis was such where we thought we had a little more time and we didn't. And so I want to make sure that I don't -- I don't make the same mistake twice," Obama said.
"My grandmother's the last one left. She has really been the rock of the family, the foundation of the family. Whatever strength, discipline that I have, it comes from her."
Dunham is reportedly suffering from a broken hip and generally failing health.
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So who is keeping tabs on 0be’s whereabouts and visitations while in HI. Is he meeting John Edwards? Is the National Enquirer staking him out?
Broken hip? She’s out of the hospital. General health? That can wait.
I suspect he is going to Hawaii to film his half-hour network presentation, out of the mainland’s eye.
Are McCain people smart enough to tail Obama and see how much time he actually spends with Grandma, and what else he does, and leak it to the press? Doubt it.
Another mystery - why he isn’t running ads with that San Francisco “clinger” clip.
Oh really caring Bambi, anyone else would have started packing the momment they heard the news. Yet you waited how many days? Three or was it four.
Don’t come crying for sympathy with me and do not expect any either. Where is your heart?
Not his only living relative. He has a grandmother in Kenya and two half brothers. No one is allowed to talk to his grandmother in Kenya. Why?
The press corps will be accompanying him as per a story on “The Honolulu Advertiser” website from last night to record “the dutiful grandson”
This article in another Hawaii paper tells a somewhat different story of Christmas 2007 and quite frankly it makes me sick! (Scroll down for the story)
My thoughts exactly, see #3.
It’s sneaky. He vacationed in Hawaii earlier, only spent an hour with grandma. Will McCain’s people clock how much time he spends this time? What else he does?
“...his tight-knit family....”?
Riiiiight. Doesn’t he have a half-brother living in a cardboard shack on a dollar a month in Kenya?
No doubt, he’s going to make sure they get the “right” birth
records to give to the press.
There’s also a sister, Maya Soetero Ng, in Honolulu
“emotional reunion” “tight knit family” HUH?
Supposedly his kids have never met is grandmother and supposedly he spend all of 1 hr with her during his Hawaii vacation.
My employer, who is a Reagan Democrat strongly supporting McCain, has a theory which might seem like tinfoil, but she strongly believes it, and I am afraid she may be right.
She claims that this Hawaii trip is staged so we can see Obama next week weeping over the casket of his dead white grandmother. She feels the woman may even already be dead and held for Obamas return so the funeral will be the great photo op and play for sympathy. She loathes Obama and puts nothing past him or his people.
The only way to prevent Obama from using his grandmothers death to exploit sympathy votes is to speak about this openly before it happens, which may help innoculate us from it actually happening. How do we do this without seeming, um, how it seems?
The Kenyan grandmother is not his biological grandmother. She’s a step grandmother. Second wife of grandfather, whom he married late in life.
Cynical? Moi? (See tagline...)
You know...I think I’ll be sick if I hear the “tight knit family” stuff one more time. Let’s see, he admits he didn’t visit his mother before she died, he’s been planning for three days to “rush” to see his dying Grandmother, and he spent what..an hour?...with her last summer. I read that the kids didn’t even see her!
Sorry,...but tight-knit is not what I would consider Obama’s relationship with his ‘typical’ white grandmother
Not his only living relative. He has a grandmother in Kenya and two half brothers. No one is allowed to talk to his grandmother in Kenya. Why?”
Doesn’t he also have a half-sister, Maya???
...his tight-knit family....?
Riiiiight. Doesnt he have a half-brother living in a cardboard shack on a dollar a month in Kenya?””
Junk yard dogs get better treatment in this country.
“...his tight-knit family....”?
The campaign press secretary.
someone better be following him. No one gets off the campaign trail when the person they are going to visit isn’t really that sick. This man is up to something, period
Aria - SO TRUE!!! While Obamarama was in Hawaii on vaycay, he visited G’ma for a few hours - but NO MICHELLE and kiddies! Don’t they know/like G’ma or is she too blanco for Michelle? How sad that the woman who raised him isn’t visited by her great-grand children - no one brings THIS up in the MSM but we know ALL about Sarah Palin’s wardrobe - Stand by for PRAVDA USA!!!
Good point but I think this is a ploy for hands off Obama for two days. Watch McCain state how sad this is and we’ll be off Obama for two days so Bmabi gets a free pass and McCain momentum is stalled. Mark my words...
He's going there to secure his fraudulent birth records, or make sure that they are destroyed.
Because she remembers that he was born in Kenya.
It is crass to have to speculate about such a thing, but I for one believe nothing at this late stage of a campaign happens benignly.
Point 1- Grandma gravely ill, Obama announces he is going to suspend his campaign and visit 4 DAYS LATER
Point 2- At the same time as this announcment, media propaganists begin a 3 day pounding of the Sarah Palin 150K clothing story.
Point 3- Obama does some sob story interviews with DBM about why he’s going to see grandma. Interviews occur in close proximity to appearance on Ellen where he dances around like urkel.
Conclusion: Obama internal polling shows they are having trouble with women and/or elderly. Grandma story is designed to “soften” his image for that demo. Power hungry marxists don’t stop campaigns for matters of the heart. It just doesn’t happen in that character type.
Kids were there, Michelle wasn’t.
I have thought the exact same thing. We first heard about her "grave" illness on Monday and that Obama was going to put his campaign on hold, but that didn't happen. She must not be too gravely ill.
New and Improved.....C.O.L.B ! This one....will be “real”
I have been saying this for days. Grandma is already on ice. You heard it here.
Maybe he's not even going to Hawaii. Maybe he's doing something REALLY sinister, like meeting privately with some comunist leader to cause some upheaval during election day. (Should I be a novelist?--just kidding)
So is CBS going to follow him around in Hawaii and give us a minute by minute like they usually do?
What a pile of crap!
His tight knit family, WHAT????
Obama’s mother dumped him on her mother and didn’t see him for years!
Obama’s alleged father dumped Obama and the mother after a few months for a freash ride on a new horse, so to speak!
Obama has dumped his GRANNY under the bus and tried to squash her several times in the last couple of months calling her a Racist and GOD knows what else!
OBAMA, cut the bullsh*t tears and faux emotions!OBAMA HUSSEIN You truly are a JACKASS! and a WHORE!!
Well good for the kids - again, what’s Michelle’s prob? Kinda like visiting the World Trade Center on 9/11? Just too American and white????
He went there this week because Andy Martin went there this week and filed a petition for his birth records to be released. Guess he’s worried about that.
Like he gives a crap about his ‘typical WHITE grandmother’.
If, as Ed Hale posited yesterday, BHO is not actually the son of BHO, Sr., but rather actually the son of Frank Marshall Davis........who he actually LOOKS LIKE, then Gramma Toot IS his only living relative. Because, although born in Kenya, with (supposed) Gramma Sara and others in attendance, he is NOT related to ANY of THEM; because he’s actually a Davis and not an Obama.
He is still NOT eleigible to be POTUS, because he is not a Natural Born Citizen; but he’s not an Obama, he’s a Davis. (Talk about WHITE trash!)
I know........it gives ME brain cramps, too!
Obama is as trashy as Bill Clinton! The whole family is trash just like Bill Clinton’s!!!
Part of the proof of this are the articles about BO’s “emotional reunion” with his “tight knit family”.
A real man would keep this whole thing quiet.
This trip came up urgently Monday afternoon after the Judge in the Berg Law Suit read HUSSEIN the Riot Act! Obama HUSSEIN iis running to Hawaii with his tail wrapped between his legs trying to salvage is candidacy with his screwed up BIRTH HISTORIES!!Just Who the HELL is this GHOST who has Hidden All of His Past Records? Obama HUSSEIN is the Illegitimate Son of Momar Quaddaffi and still Maintains His Libyan Citizenship and is the Secret heir to the Throne of LIBYA!! This, while possibly not true, is Most Likely much Closer to the TRUTH than anything Obama HUSSEIN has told the American Public to date!!
Pardon me, but the crumb crunhers were not with The Messiah when he met with His Racist Granny for slightly less than ! hour during his Hawaiian vacation this summer which was allegedly taken to rest and viist with his “Beloved Granny” to proe that he really Loved her and didn’t “REALLY CALL HER RACIST!” and throw her under the bus like a dead RAT!!
What about the half sister - the one his mother had with Indonesian??
I I thought BO Senior had a few more kids with his, what three, four wives too.
Ditto - as awful as it is, I really think that's what desperation has brought him to!
“This trip came up urgently Monday afternoon after the Judge in the Berg Law Suit read HUSSEIN the Riot Act!”
Do tell!! What did the judge say? I must have missed it.
Good News. Jerome Corsi is also heading to Hawaii. Hope he beats the Obamaskis to the courthouse.
Since the McCain campaign claims it didn’t know about Ifill’s book, I hope Corsi, Martin and the National Enquirer are on top of Barry’s every move.
See if you can keep yawning after you check out Youtube for footage of Obama campaigning all over Kenya with Commie-trained Cousin Odinga. Check out the $1Million campaign contribution from Obama to Odinga.
Check out the BBC footage of the massacres and wave of terror urged by Odinga after he lost the election, which he used to get himself named Prime Minister.
It's very likely that some of Obama's money paid for the gasoline and matches used to torch churches in the Kikuyu tribe's areas.
In other words, Obama financially supported and campaigned for a guy who burned Christians alive in their churches ... and whose platform promised Sharia Law to Kenya's Muslims.
A mysterious child-molesting black communist poet,
a ranting black liberation theologian who begs God to damn America,
a domestic terrorist bomber,
a foreign communist advocate of Sharia who burns Christians alive and ethnically cleanses rival tribespeople.
And their friend, their supporter, their ideological ally, their cousin becomes POTUS? WTF is wrong with this picture and how come supposedly 50%+ of polled Americans think that all of this is OK?
BTW, in re Michelle and the children not going to see Grandma? The book on Michelle is that she very rarely shows up for work and will not speak with white people unless absolutely necessary. One angry person! I would love to know if she invited Granny to the wedding.
You could be right on this one. I still don’t quite understand why in the homestretch he would be doing this unless the campaign sees so much trouble with the white vote that this was the best way they could try to pick it up.
Very strange. There is always a motive of Obama doing things so there definitely is a story I just don’t think anyone has nailed it yet.
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