Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Obama, Grandmothers and Love

I didn’t think I could admire Senator Obama more than I did, but I was wrong. When I heard yesterday morning that he was leaving the campaign trail tomorrow to go and be with his very ill grandmother, my admiration for him spiraled out of control.

I know what it’s like to have such a love for a grandmother, because I loved my own that way. She was like a mother to me when my own mother wasn’t. She was the one person in my life who seemed to care about me. I was absolutely positive of her love for me. Had it not been for that love, I don’t know where I would have been today.

While the media asks, should Obama leave the campaign trail at this crucial time to be with his grandmother, I say, Hell yes, he should! That’s what you do when you are losing someone who gave you so much and loved you so much. You give back just as much of that love as you can for just as long as you can.


Blogger Fran said...

Beautifully put!

October 22, 2008 3:48 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

The thing is I am sure he didn't hesitate for a moment before making the decision even with all the logistical nightmares a change in his current schedule required.

October 22, 2008 4:00 AM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

Yes, as FranIAm said, beautifully put. I do not think it will have much if any negative affect on his numbers. In fact, this trip to pay his respects to his grandmother will probably result in more of an uptick as folks like you admire and respect that he is willing to drop what he is doing to be there for a loved one. Yeah, the man keeps on impressing me also.

October 22, 2008 4:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It just goes to show you where his priorities really lie and the humane leadership he will bring back to office of the President when he's elected.

October 22, 2008 5:23 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

I can't believe you people are falling for his exotic tricks!

October 22, 2008 6:13 AM  
Blogger Sherry Pasquarello said...

i think it shows terrific love and his priorties are right!

my grandfater was everything to me. if it were not for him i would have ended up, well, i can say, i would not be here and if he needed me i would be there like a shot!

i was able to help care for him in his last few weeks and that was a gift to me.

October 22, 2008 6:31 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Obama continues to reveal himself and show his integrity and humanity. Doing the right thing for all the right reasons.

October 22, 2008 7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


October 22, 2008 7:18 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I think it's great he's going. Shows real character.

Here's a cool idea I heard yesterday. Send a postcard from your hometown with your best wishes to the HI office and they promise to forward to Grandma.

Postcards are easiest to deal with, and the photos from across the country will certainly cheer her up!

Mrs. Madelyn Dunham
c/o Obama for America
Honolulu Headquarters
1050 Ala Moana Blvd Ste D2690
Honolulu, HI 96814

October 22, 2008 10:12 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm putting all positive energy to Mrs Dunham watching her grandson sworn in as President of the United States.

October 22, 2008 10:12 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

I agree, PoP. Nice to see a real feeling human being running for office.

October 22, 2008 11:09 AM  
Blogger Dean Wormer said...

Man Obama has his head on right.

Bless Mrs. Dunham for making him the man he is to today.

October 22, 2008 12:39 PM  
Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I've heard some on the right claim that he is going there not to be with her but instead to make sure no one can find the birth certificate that shows he was born in a foreign country.

October 22, 2008 1:36 PM  
Blogger Taradharma said...

I notice neither he, nor his campaign made a big deal on air about it. He did it, now he's back. Like you, my admiration continues to grow.

October 22, 2008 3:29 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

I've been offline for a while and haven't yet seen the other shoe drop:
have the far right wing-nuts accused his g'mother, yet, of getting sick right NOW in order to boost his ratings by bringing out the sympathy vote?
I wouldn't be at all surprised if they did.

October 22, 2008 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who was raised by my grandmother and knew all my grandmothers, I can only say how much my heart goes out.

We owe everything to the grandmothers and god bless you grandma and your wonderful grandson!

You should be very very proud!

Great blessings to you grandma!

October 22, 2008 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am delighted at the emotional intelligence exhibited by Senator Obama. I wish more of us would replicate that. There are too many elderly who are left to literally die by themselves because some believe that to grow old is to sin.One cannot get old if one dies young. Therefore people whereever grandparents are shower them with your love as often as possible and tell them in deed and words that you love them. The way to go up coming president. Family is priceless.No function in government outweights the vakue of tending to close family especially if they are in their senior years.

October 22, 2008 10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Total agreement with all.

Meanwhile Moose Girl drags her special needs infant into crowds of insane supporters....

Where are the family values there?

October 23, 2008 12:02 PM  
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