Obama On Grandmother and Campaign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In what was clearly a very difficult portion of his address Monday night in North Carolina, Barack Obama spoke for several minutes on this grandmother’s death from cancer Sunday night. At one point, it seemed, he was moved to tears.

 

 

In what was clearly a very difficult portion of his address Monday night in North Carolina, Barack Obama spoke for several minutes on this grandmother’s death from cancer Sunday night. At one point, it seemed, he was moved to tears.

Calling it a “bittersweet time” in his life, there were moments when one could detect the sadness in his voice and face. The crowd in Charlotte did its best to pull him along, screaming out words of support as he detailed Madelyn Dunham’s life and drew from it threads that weaved into his candidacy and message. It was a poignant moment: the woman who helped raise him passing away just hours before the election.

No matter what happens tomorrow, I’m going to feel good about how it has turned out because all of you have created this remarkable campaign. She is gone home. And she died peacefully in her sleep, with my sister at her side. And so, there is great joy as well as tears. I’m not going to talk about it too long because it is hard, a little, to talk about.

 I want everybody to know though a little bit about her. Her name was Madelyn Dunham. And she was born in Kansas in a small town in 1922. Which means she lived through the Great Depression, she lived through two world wars, she watched her husband go off to war, while she looked after her baby and worked on a bomber assembly line. When her husband came back they benefited from the GI bill, they moved west and eventually ended up in Hawaii.

 She was somebody who was a very humble person, a very plainspoken person. She is one of those quiet heroes we have all across America, who are not famous, their names are not in the newspapers, but each and every day they work hard. They look after their families. They sacrifice for their children, and their grandchildren. They aren’t seeking the limelight. All they try to do is do the right thing. And in this crowd, there are a lot of quiet heroes like that, people like that, mothers and fathers and grandparents who have worked hard and sacrificed all their lives and the satisfaction that they get is in seeing their children or maybe their grandchildren or their great-grandchildren live a better life than they did. That is what America is about. That is what we are fighting for.

One Response to Obama On Grandmother and Campaign

  1. sharon kelly says:

    Barack—You inspire me for many reasons. This message about your grandmother had a particular personal touch. She sounds like a phenomenal person to me.
    I endorse you because I like your mind and your courage. My hope is for standardized fair grandparent rules for all states. I have children (grandchildren too) that I’m not allowed to see or even hear about in Florida. I’m in New York state near the Canadian border. I’m wondering if my daugter-in -law in bipolar. My son feels trapped at this point as he works as an air conditioning and heating tech.
    I know you have many fish to fry, but I’m asking for some consideration from you in enacting laws to help grandchildren and grandparents. I just retired after more than 40 years in nursing (case manager). I will continue to support you. You ARE the man….
    Sincerely,

    Sharon H Kelly
    119 Tom Miller Road
    Plattsburgh, NY
    519-563-5119

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