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Monday, November 3, 2008



Barack's "Toot" has died:
It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.

Our family wants to thank all of those who sent flowers, cards, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time. It brought our grandmother and us great comfort. Our grandmother was a private woman, and we will respect her wish for a small private ceremony to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to any worthy organization in search of a cure for cancer.

In a presidential campaign, we the voters can have a false sense of intimacy with people that we don't know. We fight for them, we volunteer for them, we advocate their causes. But we don't know them. That said, many of us, myself included, know the pain of losing a grandparent. I know the sadness of knowing a grandmother did not live to see your life unfold. At the precipice of the moment which could change Barack Obama's life forever, at which he can attain heights that you and I could only dream about, we have never had more in common with him than today.

I send my prayers to Mrs. Dunham on her ascent, and my sincere condolences to her family left behind. Mahalo.

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