Barack Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham passed away today, at the age of 86. A day before the election that could make her grandson the next President of the United States.
Barack Obama revealed the information to a crowd of supporters today:
“She’s gone home,” Obama said as tens of thousands of rowdy supporters at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte grew silent in an evening drizzle.
“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 for me to talk about.”
But he said he wanted people to know a little about her â€” that she lived through the Great Depression and World War II, working the latter on a bomber assembly line with a baby at home and a husband serving his country. He said she was humble and plain spoken, one of the “quiet heroes that we have all across America” working hard and hoping to see their children and grandchildren thrive.
Of all times for such a tragic loss, this must be especially poignant. Rest in peace, Mrs. Dunham. My thoughts and prayers go out to Senator Obama at this difficult time.