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Barack Obama's final goodbye to beloved grandmother
NY Daily News ^ | Dec.24, 2008

Posted on 12/24/2008 7:45:59 AM PST by COUNTrecount

Michelle and Barack Obama attend a seaside memorial for his grandmother, "Toot."

HONOLULU - President-elect Barack Obama gathered with family and friends on Tuesday for a private memorial service for the beloved grandmother who helped raise him.

Madelyn Payne Dunham, known to her friends as "Toot", died Nov. 2, two days before Obama won election to become the nation's first African-American president. She was 86.

Obama did not speak to reporters at the small home that had been converted into the First Unitarian Church in the neighborhood of Nuuanu. Aides said Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and her husband, Konrad Ng, also were present.

Following the ceremony, Obama drove to cliffs east of Hononulu. He and about 20 members of his family climbed over a stone wall and down onto rocky ledges to scatter Dunham's ashes at Lanai Lookout.

Obama earlier this year left flowers at the same cliffs, in memory of his mother.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: 2phony4words; belovedmyarse; birthcertificate; bs; creep; creepy; dunham; hawaii; obamafamily; obamatransitionfile; toot

1 posted on 12/24/2008 7:46:00 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

Beloved? Don’t they mean “typical white woman”?


2 posted on 12/24/2008 7:48:07 AM PST by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: COUNTrecount

The Obamas really look broken up over Granny’s death.


3 posted on 12/24/2008 7:48:22 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Since it’s Christmas Eve, I hope people have enough class to not make fun of someone’s dead grandmather.


4 posted on 12/24/2008 7:52:28 AM PST by stuartcr (If the end doesn't justify the means...why have different means?)
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To: vladimir998

LOL! It wasn’t the first time zerO threw Granny off a cliff.

“beloved”- not. Granny’s autopsy report (sarc) may RIP along with her knowledge of the truth about her daughter’s behaviors and zerO’s birth and upbringing.


5 posted on 12/24/2008 7:53:57 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: LottieDah

relieved is more like it now that she can’t spill the beans about his birth....


6 posted on 12/24/2008 7:55:46 AM PST by tatsinfla
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To: stuartcr

i don’t think we are making fun of the grandma’s death...we make fun of zero.....

why didn’t he take the family to say goodbye to her when she was alive...??...but he takes the family to a memorial service....makes one wonder...


7 posted on 12/24/2008 7:58:45 AM PST by tatsinfla
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To: COUNTrecount
"Maya Soetoro-Ng, and her husband, Konrad Ng"

You would think the least Obama could do is to buy his sister and her husband a couple more vowels...

8 posted on 12/24/2008 8:00:21 AM PST by billorites
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To: COUNTrecount
"beloved grandmother"

He shows up two months after she died to pay homage, and she is described as "beloved"?

That takes care of the stateside leaks about his birth certificate, and Emanuel is in Kenya taking care of the leaks over there...so, the "one" is safe.
9 posted on 12/24/2008 8:01:44 AM PST by FrankR (“Turtle up”, economically, for the duration of the 0bamanation.)
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To: vladimir998

Being thrown under a bus can be hazardous to your health.


10 posted on 12/24/2008 8:02:44 AM PST by csmusaret (Congress hasn't got anything right since they declared war on Japan.)
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To: tatsinfla

Good. It’s too good a season to be saying mean things about people.


11 posted on 12/24/2008 8:05:46 AM PST by stuartcr (If the end doesn't justify the means...why have different means?)
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To: FrankR
Did he make a cross out of rocks on the beach? See, now that would've showed
he really really really cared.
12 posted on 12/24/2008 8:08:13 AM PST by MaxMax (I'll welcome death when God calls me. Until then, the fight is on)
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To: LottieDah

When I went to the funeral of my grandmother or other elderly relatives who had been sick a long time, I wasn’t broken with grief either. Sad, yes, more about the decline and cruelty of old age than about the release. I was still happy to see other family members and friends, and we even laughed sometimes talking over our memories.

Is it nothing but sackcloth and ashes and tears and keening and rending of garments at the funerals you go to?


13 posted on 12/24/2008 8:09:21 AM PST by heartwood (Tarheel in exile)
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To: COUNTrecount

Honey, are those breasts on your back?

14 posted on 12/24/2008 8:09:26 AM PST by MaxMax (I'll welcome death when God calls me. Until then, the fight is on)
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To: tatsinfla
"...but he takes the family to a memorial service....makes one wonder..."

At least worn a tie, maybe...

15 posted on 12/24/2008 8:15:53 AM PST by Does so (Got Pirates? Use von Luckner's SEEADLER technique—perfected in WW1.)
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To: heartwood
Some people thought I was heartless the way I acted after my dad died. We made the typical dark jokes, not about him, but about media and the situation. I had told myself I would never give the media the satisfaction of seeing me cry. Also, my dad had said he wanted a party for his funeral, so the visitation was a lot of laughter. All started because my six month old decided to start laughing while playing with his socks.

My issue with Obama is the two month time span.

16 posted on 12/24/2008 8:16:28 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: COUNTrecount
Work-in-progress timeline based on a Larry Sinclair article and revised with alternate sources: Please add with pertinent succinct details. I added the time zones, please note that in 2008 daylight savings time ended on 2 Nov. Daylight savings time begins at 2 am local time, when clocks are turned back to 1 am. Hawaii does not observe daylight savings time.

In the scope of the timeline: Hawaii is 5 hours behind New York after 2 Nov, and 6 hours before that.


Open Questions and Issues:
17 posted on 12/24/2008 8:19:09 AM PST by bvw
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To: Calpernia; All

Calpernia says that Andy Martin talked with Dunham while Martin was in Hawaii, which overlapped when Obama was there in October.


18 posted on 12/24/2008 8:22:25 AM PST by bvw
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To: COUNTrecount

The celebratory leap. Yeah, I always JUMP into the air into my husband’s arms at a funeral.

http://bauergriffinonline.com/2008/12/bfm_enlarged/enlarged-obama-remembers-his-grandmothe.php?bfm_index=18&bfm_page=2


19 posted on 12/24/2008 8:36:11 AM PST by autumnraine
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To: COUNTrecount

Nice that he takes time out of his busy Christmas vacation to have a funeral for Grandma.

Hey, I have an idea! Why don’t we just store up all the dead family members and have funerals for all of them together at Christmas. Would certainly save money for airfare.


20 posted on 12/24/2008 8:42:21 AM PST by autumnraine
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To: COUNTrecount
She dies and he waits a MONTH to have a funeral.

What a creep.

21 posted on 12/24/2008 8:45:29 AM PST by Centurion2000 (To protect and defend ... against all enemies, foreign and domestic .... by any means necessary.)
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To: bvw

Good point. Death certificates are blocked I assume?

If she died on November 3, where are the coroners report of picking up a body?


22 posted on 12/24/2008 8:45:33 AM PST by autumnraine
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To: bvw
Thu 23 Oct, night in Hawaii: Obama arrives and rushes to Dunham's apartment [via Reuters]

Fri 24 Oct, morning in Ohio, EDT: Michelle Obama claims "I spoke with tutu last night and she is strong and in good health." [alt source]

Fri 24 Oct: [Sinclair] Dunham is cremated according to coroner's office sources

Hmmmmmm!!!!

23 posted on 12/24/2008 9:02:17 AM PST by Uncle Chip (TRUTH : Ignore it. Deride it. Allegorize it. Interpret it. But you can't ESCAPE it.)
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To: COUNTrecount

He threw this old bag under the bus during the campaign saying she was just a typical white racist!! You’re an A-hole Barry!


24 posted on 12/24/2008 9:40:08 AM PST by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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To: stuartcr

Whats a grandmather?


25 posted on 12/24/2008 11:43:04 AM PST by jarofants (Obama wants to bailout Kenya and other nations.)
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To: silverleaf
That's funny right there It don't matter who you are.
26 posted on 12/24/2008 11:45:01 AM PST by jarofants (Obama wants to bailout Kenya and other nations.)
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To: jarofants

I believe it’s called a typo.


27 posted on 12/27/2008 8:38:29 PM PST by stuartcr (If the end doesn't justify the means...why have different means?)
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To: bvw

Fri 24 Oct: [Sinclair] Dunham is cremated according to coroner’s office sources


Sun 02 Nov: This is the date of Dunham’s death as reported by Hawaiian officials and Maya Ng some time after the initial announcements and news reports on the 3rd [alt source]
Mon 03 Nov: The date of Dunham’s death as initially announced by Obama and reported by media on this same day

How can she be cremated in Oct. and die in Nov.?


28 posted on 08/15/2009 8:20:09 PM PDT by Marmolade
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To: Marmolade

I don’t know. Note that the source is Sinclair. Need a better source.


29 posted on 08/15/2009 8:24:01 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Marmolade
It's the new Zer0-Care way to cut health care costs. Cremate the old alive. Maybe he tested it on his typical white woman gramma.
30 posted on 08/15/2009 8:58:12 PM PDT by 1ofmanyfree ((No jobs, licenses,mortgages,bank accounts or amnesty for any illegal alien criminals ! ))
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