Bear with me today, friends, as we layout the timeline of the grief-stricken President-Elect Barack Obama’s mournful concerns for his loving maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who raised him from 1971 through 1979 (when he left Hawaii). He lived with his grandmother while his mother returned to live in Indonesia.
As you can see from the photo this kind-hearted lady, who he affectionately called “Toot”, cared deeply for the young man she raised. The photo is from his high school graduation in 1979. She passed away from a long battle with cancer two days before his election (October 26, 1922 – November 2, 2008) and she was laid to rest yesterday (2008-11-14).
March 18, 2008 …
The first that most of us had heard of Madelyn Dunham was on March 18, 2008, in a speech on race relations in Philadelphia in the wake of controversial videos of Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright surfacing. Obama described his grandmother,
October 20, 2008 …
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s campaign announced Monday (2008-10-20) that he would suspend his campaigning for two days (Thursday and Friday) to visit his ailing grandmother in Hawaii. He was expected to resume his campaign on Saturday (2008-10-25).
Madelyn Dunham, 86, raised Obama during his teenage years in Hawaii, while his mother was living in Indonesia. The campaign reported she was gravely ill in Honolulu.
The following excerpt is from WTOL 11 in Toledo, OH as reported by the AP.
And, here’s a clip from the MSNBC broadcast which announced Obama’s unexpected departure from the campaign trail to visit his seriously ill grandmother.
Behind the scenes …
Coverage of Obama’s heartfelt emergency visit to Hawaii during the peak of the general election received ubiquitous MSM coverage. But, what was far less known was that on October 17, 2008 (three days before Obama’s campaign departure announcement), Andy Martin, an American journalist, filed a suit against the state of Hawaii calling for the public release of Barack Obama’s birth certificate and other vital records. Martin’s lawsuit sought a copy of Senator Obama’s long-form birth certificate. On October 22, 2008 (the day before Obama arrived in the Aloha State) the Hawaii Supreme Court denied Petition 29414 calling for the release of Obama’s vital records.
According to KITV, the Hawaii Department of Health director released a statement on October 31 verifying the legitimacy of Senator Barack Obama’s birth certificate. The state had received multiple requests for a copy of Obama’s birth certificate. State law does not allow officials to release the birth certificate of a person to someone outside of the family.
November 2, 2008 …
As reported by the Washington Post, Madelyn Dunham, 86, grandmother of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, whose personality and bearing shaped much of his life, died of cancer November 2 at her home in Honolulu, on the eve of an election in which her grandson was the leading presidential candidate. Until her death, she lived in the same Honolulu apartment building where she raised Obama. “She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility,” Obama said in a statement released by his campaign.
According to the Honolulu AP, Obama announced the news from the campaign trail in Charlotte, N.C. The joint statement with his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng said Dunham died late Sunday night after a battle with cancer. “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.
As reported by the Chicago Tribune, Dunham “left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure,” said a statement released by Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng. The statement said Dunham’s family would hold a small private ceremony for her at a later date yet to be determined.
November 14, 2008 …
The late grandmother of President-elect Barack Obama was eulogized Friday as a strong, vibrant woman who was dedicated to her profession and her family. About 150 friends, former co-workers, and others gathered to pay their respects to Madelyn Dunham at a 45-minute ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Neither Obama nor his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, attended. A private family ceremony is likely to be held in December when Obama is expected to visit the islands.
First, if there ever was evidence proving Obama was not a citizen of the USA, it was probably corrected long ago. But, it is quite peculiar that Obama left for Hawaii to visit his ill grandmother at precisely the same time Martin’s first investigation was underway. That timing is particularly puzzling in hindsight given that he did not go to Hawaii when she died and he did not go for her official memorial service.
One could understand that he would be challenged to leave the campaign two days before the election; but there certainly was plenty of sympathy for him here in the contiguous 48. However, what truly baffles me is that he is just too busy now to have attended her memorial service.
Let’s review. Ms. Dunham raised him for 8 years while his mother essentially abandoned him. She takes ill in late October and he leaves the campaign trail to visit her for two days.
His spokesman Gibbs said Dunham “has always been one of the most important people in Obama’s life”. Obama says she taught him values “straight from the Kansas heartland.” On the day she died, Obama reflected “she was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility.” He added, “she left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.”
But … he is just too busy today to attend her memorial service … the woman who raised him and who he claims to have loved so dearly. What has him so preoccupied? This man who derided Senator McCain during the campaign two months ago mocking that “Presidents can do more that one thing at a time”, is somehow too consumed with preparation for his Presidency 10 weeks from now. How many hours would it have taken him to fly to Hawaii and back for the 45-minute service?
“You can tell a lot about a person by the way he treats the dead — especially the dead who are close relatives without whom he would be nothing. And, it certainly says a lot about Barack Hussein Obama,” Debbie Schlussel (reported by Exposing Liberal Lies).
On July 24, 2008, in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, Germany Barack Obama disparaged the USA,
I wonder, today, if Mr. Obama laments that his actions did not live up to his best intentions. Let us hope that he considers his absence a mistake at the memorial service of the woman who raised him AND “sacrificed again and again for him, a woman who loved him as much as she loved anything in this world” AND “who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so he could have a better life”.
If this is the respect he has for the woman who raised him, what is in store for the rest of us? He doesn’t know any of us and most of us have never done anything personally to help him … and … he’s about to lead our country!!! What say you?
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