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Obama Leaving Campaign To Be With His Ailing Grandmother

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Her health is one of the reasons he took that week long vacation early in the year in Hawaii. But, of course, the pundits didn’t know that so they hammered him for vacationing in a “foreign” locale.

I doubt they’ll criticize him now.

From Chicago Tribune:

Madelyn Dunham, 85, was released from a hospital late last week and returned to her home in Honolulu with a health condition the aide described as “very serious.”

Obama’s decision to cancel campaign events “underscores the seriousness of the situation,” senior aide Robert Gibbs told reporters during an evening flight after a campaign event in Orlando.

As the Illinois Democrat recounted in his memoirs, Dunham, his maternal grandmother, acted in many ways as a surrogate parent.

At one point in his youth, Obama left his mother and sister, who were living in Indonesia, and returned to Hawaii to attend private school and live with “Gramps” and the grandmother he called “Toot.”

“She poured everything she had into him,” Gibbs said of Obama’s grandmother.

To my knowledge, she’s the last close family member he has left. Certainly not something you’d expect to be facing when you’re 47, but there it is.

My thoughts and prayers are with them.