From the press release:
“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.”
I’m sorry she didn’t live to see her grandson win the election. But she lived to see her grandson win. (It’s times like these when I really do wish there was an afterlife.)
Barack Obama may not be the perfect candidate for President. And given what McCain and Palin are, it’s damning with faint praise to say Obama’s the best possible choice for the job. Obama is, though: not a perfect candidate, but a decent one, an effective politician, a hard worker, an intelligent and self-controlled persn who knows how to run a nation-wide campaign and pick good people to do good work. None of which is true of either McCain or Palin: and while bigots and other unhappy people will be miserable and enraged when McCain loses, the rest of us can hope that Obama wins with enough of a margin to overcome an election rigged against him.
Rest in peace, Madelyn Dunham. You did good work.