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Obama Gets Personal, Cites Grandmother's Death

(Newser) - Now it's personal. President Barack Obama invoked his own anguish over the death of his grandmother as he challenged the notion that Democratic efforts to overhaul the nation's health care would include so-called death panels. "I just lost my grandmother last year. I know what it's like to watch... More »

It's Time for 'The Talk' About Rationing Care

At end of life, openness reduces stress for all: Goodman

(Newser) - Two weeks before she died, Barack Obama’s terminally ill grandmother had a hip replacement. Obama said he’d have paid for the operation, but questioned whether society should have to. “I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues,” he said. But maybe morality and... More »

Obama Bids Farewell to 'Toot' on Hawaiian Shore

He scatters ashes of beloved grandmother who died 2 days before election

(Newser) - Barack Obama said a final goodbye to his grandmother at a memorial service in Hawaii yesterday, Reuters reports. Madelyn Dunham, whom Obama affectionately called "Toot," helped raise the president-elect when his mother went to work in Indonesia. Obama left the campaign trail to rush to her bedside when... More »

Talk About Bad Timing...

GOP files complaint over funding of Obama visit to grandmother— the day she died

(Newser) - Just hours before Barack Obama announced that his grandmother had died, on the eve of the election, the California Republican Party filed a complaint against him for visiting her on his campaign’s dime, reports the Washington Post. The press release announcing the complaint may have been the worst-timed of... More »

Obama Granny Missed Nov. 4, but Her Vote Will Count

'Toot' voted absentee days before her death

(Newser) - Madelyn Dunham didn't live to see whether her grandson would become president, but ABC News reports that the absentee ballot of Barack Obama's grandmother will be counted. An elections official in Hawaii said that the ballot was received on October 27, meeting the requirements for a valid vote. Dunham died... More »

Obama Weeps as He Mourns Grandma 'Toot'

'Bittersweet' time for candidate who loses beloved relative as campaign ends

(Newser) - Tears rolled down Barack Obama's cheeks as he spoke at one of his last campaign rallies about his beloved grandmother, who died yesterday at the age of 86. "This obviously is a bittersweet time for me," Obama said. The candidate often credits his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham—whom he... More »

Obama's Grandmother Loses Battle With Cancer

Madelyn Dunham passes away at 86 on eve of historic election

(Newser) - On the eve of Election Day, Barack Obama's maternal grandmother died today in Honolulu after a long struggle with cancer. Madelyn Dunham, who helped raise Obama, had been in hospice care, the Chicago Tribune reports. The senator and his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng released a statement calling their 86-year-old grandmother "... More »

Obama Credits His 'Grit' to Grandma

Wants chance to speak to 'Toot,' who may not make it to Nov. 5

(Newser) - Barack Obama plans to give his ailing grandmother "a kiss and a hug" and do some chores today during his pause from the campaign trail in Hawaii, he told ABC’s Good Morning America. Madelyn Dunham, 85, is “gravely ill,” Obama said, and she may not live... More »

How Obama's Grandma Visit Could Help Him

Humanizing move could warm ex-prof's 'aloof' image

(Newser) - Is it risky for Barack Obama to step off the trail so close to the election? No, writes Carl Lavin in Forbes, and here’s why: first, the move humanizes the former law professor, showcasing his “compelling family story.” Second, opponents can’t really attack a guy who’... More »

Obama's Grannie Trumped Bias

Madelyn Dunham took on Hawaii's barriers to women, whites

(Newser) - Barack Obama wasn’t the first in his family to defy convention: His grandmother bucked prejudices in Hawaii against women and whites in the 1960s and '70s, USA Today reports. Madelyn Dunham, now 85, fought to become one of the Bank of Hawaii’s first female vice presidents. “Was... More »

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