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Obama's grandmother dies of cancer in Hawaii
Ruetershttp://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE4A26GV20081103 | 3 Nov 2008 | John Whitesides

Posted on 11/03/2008 1:55:58 PM PST by Phemone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's grandmother died of cancer, he said in a statement on Monday, a little more than a week after Obama interrupted the White House race to say goodbye to her in Hawaii.

"It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer," Obama said in a joint statement with his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng. "She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility."

Dunham helped raise Obama from the age of 10 while his mother was working in Indonesia, and Obama took an emotional 22-hour trip to Hawaii to visit her on October 23 and 24.

(Reporting by John Whitesides; editing by David Alexander


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: dunham; elections; hawaii; mccain; obama; obamafamily; obituary; smilingfromheaven
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1 posted on 11/03/2008 1:55:58 PM PST by Phemone
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To: Phemone

Nice timing. That’ll pick up a few sympathy votes for sure.


2 posted on 11/03/2008 1:57:13 PM PST by PeterFinn (Sarah Palin for President in 2012.)
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To: Phemone
Gettin’ ready for the deletions....
3 posted on 11/03/2008 1:57:45 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Phemone

Thoughts and prayers to the Obama family.


4 posted on 11/03/2008 1:57:45 PM PST by Carling ("I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won't have to worry about my mortgage.")
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To: Phemone

Will this swing the election to him?


5 posted on 11/03/2008 1:57:45 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: PeterFinn

.......and it looks as though where “The ONe” was actually born goes to the grave given that Hawaii authorities will produce a birth certificate


6 posted on 11/03/2008 1:59:28 PM PST by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: Carling

prayers.. folks, let’s keep it respectful.


7 posted on 11/03/2008 1:59:28 PM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: Phemone

RIP.


8 posted on 11/03/2008 1:59:48 PM PST by neither-nor
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To: Phemone

Cancer patients usually pass away from a planned terminal sedation.
This may be the first politically timed terminal sedation ever, though.


9 posted on 11/03/2008 1:59:53 PM PST by counterpunch (It's the SOCIALISM, Stupid!)
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To: Phemone

prayers for the humanity but

suspicion for the “right on cue.”

trust but verify as the great one said.

respectfully there is no immunity tottem for Obama.

(BTW watch his face during the NFL show)


10 posted on 11/03/2008 1:59:54 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Phemone

Another article printed entire statement from Obama and 1/2 sister that said Mrs. Dunham was a private person and there will be a small private service at ‘a later date’.


11 posted on 11/03/2008 1:59:54 PM PST by uvular ("...Obama's let them eat urinal cake moment with Joe the plumber".. Dennis Miller)
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To: Phemone

She was a typical white cornerstone of our family...


12 posted on 11/03/2008 2:00:24 PM PST by wally-balls
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To: nickcarraway

As I pull my tin foil hat a little tighter on my head read what Maya Soetoro Ng said about how long her grandmother has made HI her home found here:

http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20081103/BREAKING01/81103073


13 posted on 11/03/2008 2:00:34 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: PeterFinn

It would be ridiculous if anyone were to cast a sympathy vote for Obama because of this. My theory is that for every sympathy vote, there will be another voter who compensates by NOT casting a sympathy vote. (Actually, it would have made more sense for someone to vote for BO to give the old lady one last thrill. Too late now.)


14 posted on 11/03/2008 2:01:13 PM PST by Genoa
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To: Phemone

RIP for Obama’s granmother.

Did he say that she would not live to see Election Day?


15 posted on 11/03/2008 2:01:21 PM PST by Biggirl (Throw The Bums OUT!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: nickcarraway
Will this swing the election to him?

It certainly won't hurt him.It *will* be interesting to see how hard the lamestream media runs with this story tonight and tomorrow.

16 posted on 11/03/2008 2:01:26 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Carling

Yes, thoughts and prayers to the Obama family. She did so much for him. Grandma’s are the best.


17 posted on 11/03/2008 2:01:26 PM PST by steve0
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To: nickcarraway

Will this swing the election to him?

Are you serious? What planet are you living on?


18 posted on 11/03/2008 2:01:34 PM PST by palady
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To: Phemone

May God rest her soul.

This is odd, kind of surrealistic.


19 posted on 11/03/2008 2:01:59 PM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Phemone

A PUMA in my office said she died last week and that this is a set up.


20 posted on 11/03/2008 2:02:25 PM PST by Frantzie
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To: Phemone
"She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility."

Sounds like a good woman. Maybe she deserved better than to be called out as a racist by her grandson in a national speech.
21 posted on 11/03/2008 2:02:27 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: steve0

Did he have power of attorney over her? Did he decide to stop any kind of life support?


22 posted on 11/03/2008 2:02:49 PM PST by nikos1121 (The first black president should be another Jackie Robinson)
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To: steve0

Second it.


23 posted on 11/03/2008 2:02:53 PM PST by Biggirl (Throw The Bums OUT!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: Phemone

Will Barack deliver a “Win one for the Tooter” speech?


24 posted on 11/03/2008 2:03:04 PM PST by Nonperson (Cut off Obama's nut! Prosecute Acorn!)
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To: counterpunch
This may be the first politically timed terminal sedation ever, though

..I think they did that to King George V of England--in order to get the news into the evening papers in time...

25 posted on 11/03/2008 2:03:04 PM PST by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: Phemone

Hey Phemone - did it escape your notice that this has been posted under breaking news a couple times? And you decided to post it again because??


26 posted on 11/03/2008 2:03:13 PM PST by Minn. 4 Bush
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To: Phemone

What’s this? He’s not going to raise her from the dead?


27 posted on 11/03/2008 2:03:19 PM PST by Oratam
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To: Phemone

Unbelievable. Unreal. WTH.


28 posted on 11/03/2008 2:03:54 PM PST by KansasGirl (READ MY LIPSTICK, OBAMA IS JUST CREEPY!)
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To: counterpunch

You’re right. My mother passed away like that this past June. My prayers go out to the family.


29 posted on 11/03/2008 2:03:59 PM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: palady

American always vote with sympathy. Remember how after Mel Carnahan died, people switched their votes to him and he won?


30 posted on 11/03/2008 2:04:19 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Phemone

Prayers for the family. The timing may be interesting, but regardless, this is a loss for them.


31 posted on 11/03/2008 2:04:30 PM PST by ozaukeemom (Nuke the ACLU and their snivel rights)
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To: Genoa

“It would be ridiculous if anyone were to cast a sympathy vote for Obama because of this. My theory is that for every sympathy vote, there will be another voter who compensates by NOT casting a sympathy vote.”

I live in Missouri ... a state where you can still see “Still For Mel” ... people who voted for a dead man so yes, sympathy votes are real and timing is everything.


32 posted on 11/03/2008 2:04:42 PM PST by mgc1122
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To: Phemone

Wow, just before the 6:00 news. How convenient


33 posted on 11/03/2008 2:04:49 PM PST by NYC Republican (PLENTY of time for analysis/I-told-you-so in 2 days. Now, Infuriate the MSM--- Support McCain/Palin)
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To: Phemone
Bless her soul!

If it has been my grandmother, I would have "set the world on fire" to use any option to fight the cancer by all means available!!

I have a strong feeling hat she did NOT approved his marriage with Michelle (racists???) because at seems that she and the kids did NOT visit granny the times the visited Hawaii, hmmm!!!

34 posted on 11/03/2008 2:04:49 PM PST by danamco
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To: counterpunch

So.....does Grandma’s vote count?


35 posted on 11/03/2008 2:04:53 PM PST by growingpains
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To: Phemone

...moving right along....


36 posted on 11/03/2008 2:04:58 PM PST by Ikemeister
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To: PeterFinn

Not only pick up sympathy votes but neutralize fear of him and anger. It sucks when grandparents and love ones die, it’s the worst. But damn it why now?


37 posted on 11/03/2008 2:05:10 PM PST by toddausauras
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To: tiki
This is odd, kind of surrealistic.

Just think of it as a metaphor.
38 posted on 11/03/2008 2:05:32 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Biggirl
Did he say that she would not live to see Election Day?

Ironically, yes, he did. A few Freepers said a couple weeks ago they wouldn't be surprise if there was an announcement the day before the election that Toot had died.

39 posted on 11/03/2008 2:06:21 PM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: Phemone

RIP


40 posted on 11/03/2008 2:06:21 PM PST by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: Phemone

Prayers for the Obama family, it’s good he saw her when he did.


41 posted on 11/03/2008 2:06:26 PM PST by Mjaye
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To: Genoa
It would be ridiculous if anyone were to cast a sympathy vote for Obama because of this.

Don't underestimate the breathtaking stupidity of a very substantial percentage of this country's voters.

My theory is that for every sympathy vote, there will be another voter who compensates by NOT casting a sympathy vote.

I refer you to the reply I gave immediately above.

42 posted on 11/03/2008 2:06:59 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Phemone

Even she couldn’t stomach the thought of her ungrateful, SOB grandson as the President.


43 posted on 11/03/2008 2:06:59 PM PST by jpl (Does anybody have seven hundred billion dollars I can borrow?)
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To: PeterFinn

Can he have a televised rally like they did when Wellstone died?

Did this woman ever speak to the press? Her grandson is a mystery to this nation and he said some nasty things about her (and white people in general) during the campaign.


44 posted on 11/03/2008 2:07:13 PM PST by weegee (Fight Global Socialist CHANGE. vote NO on Obama-Biden. Say NO to Sen. Government)
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To: growingpains

Like those who have said above - let’s keep it respectful. No doubt she lived through some tough times and my prayers go out to this woman. Whether we like Obozo or not, she raised this kid under tough circumstances. Sounds like she was a tough woman.


45 posted on 11/03/2008 2:07:22 PM PST by GerardKempf (Let's Get Over This)
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To: Phemone

I am sorry that BO lost his grandmother but just because something sad happened to this guy doesn’t change the fact that he’s no good. i don’t think many people will give the sympathy vote and if they do, they shouldn’t be allowed to vote-PERIOD!


46 posted on 11/03/2008 2:07:26 PM PST by MountainWoman
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To: Chief Engineer
I'm going to hell for saying this, but why did the paper put this in the article:

The statement did not say when Madelyn Dunham died or who was with her. Her 86th birthday was Oct. 26.

47 posted on 11/03/2008 2:07:29 PM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: Phemone
Do deaths come in threes

Obama campaign director in Nevada dies at 44 (Sudden Heart Attack in Las Vegas)

One more to go
48 posted on 11/03/2008 2:07:47 PM PST by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nihilism and OBAMA IS A MARXIST)
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To: Phemone

Just another “TYPICAL WHITE PERSON”


49 posted on 11/03/2008 2:07:59 PM PST by tsali
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I'm glad he went to see her.
I know it meant a lot to her.
50 posted on 11/03/2008 2:08:47 PM PST by carenot (Proud member of The Flying Skillet Brigade)
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