Barack Obama said his grandmother died Monday – according to multiple reports.
According to NBC News, Madelyn Payne Dunham, who just turned 84 years old, helped to raise Obama, and had not been well for a long time.
In a campaign ad this year, Obama described Dunham as the daughter of a Midwest oil company clerk who “taught me values straight from the Kansas heartland” — things like “accountability and self-reliance. Love of country. Working hard without making excuses. Treating your neighbor as you’d like to be treated.”
Obama recognized Dunham when he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Denver.
Obama last visited Hawaii in August for a week’s vacation after he clinched the nomination.
(NBC / YWN-Lipas / YWN-112 / YWN-782)