• OH THAT IS SAD: Barry’s white grandmother died today. Since this happened one day before the election, we are currently too scared to check out the Free Republic reactions. [Washington Post]
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  1. The Freepers are showing an unusual amount of respect. Just kidding, they think he’s making the story up to get votes. They’re nothing if not classy. Actually, they’re just nothing.

  2. Sorry for Barry — it seems she played a huge role in his life, with the elite Hawaiian school, etc. No doubt the wingnuts will call this an “October surprise.”

  3. Awww, crap. I was hoping she’d be around at least through tomorrow. Blessings and prayers from my little corner of the Universe to the Dunham/Obama families.

  4. “Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.”

  5. As expcted from RedState:

    “While it is never a great thing for someone to have died, I predicted a month ago that this would happen, right before the election.

    Is it coincidence that he was just there?

    Sympathy vote anyone?”

    Dick, anyone?

  6. ANYbody who would say something disrespectful at a time like this is scum. Don’t look at the Free Republic comments; you already know what they’ll say.

    Maybe Grandma Obama went ahead to see if she could do anything to help on the other side.

  7. [re=161684]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Yeah, they’re already on their retard blogs, saying that this is a plot because gramma knew that our Barry was born in Muslinistan.

  8. I did go to Free Republic…this is what I found:

    “Oh how convenient that she kicks the bucket the day before the election so he can get the sympathy vote.”


  9. I, on the other hand, am not afraid to check out the free republic reaction, so here are some of them. Jesus Christmas these people are COLD.

    – Oh how convenient that she kicks the bucket the day before the election so he can get the sympathy vote

    – Perfectly timed terminal sedation…….

    – cyanide?

    – I think all of us are thinking the same thing. A bit too convenient.

    – I think she was just being kept alive on life support until now, start of the next news cycle. Just took a phone call to pull the plug. Never forget the type of people the Rat are and what they will do to win.

    – Disgusting.
    There is nothing this man won’t do to win.

    – She was swindled into raising someone else’s child. I do not believe that hussein is half white.

  10. That is very tragic that it happened just one day before her grandson’s likely victory. There must be some seriously complex emotions today and tomorrow in Obama’s family.

  11. On this very sad occasion, McCain and Palin have an opportunity to act dignified and say something halfway human – an opportunity that they thoroughly don’t deserve.

  12. [re=161709]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: These people are beyond comprehension. They are pure political animals with no conscience or sense of decency whatsoever. I can only imagine the graceful and compassionate response Obama would have made if there were similar news about McCain’s ancient mother. Gad.

  13. [re=161720]Monkey[/re]: That people believe that Obama would KILL his own GRANDMOTHER in order to win an election he would have already won leaves a seriously painful knot in my stomach. I hope those sick people are just saying this for attention, because they just can’t really BELIEVE that!

  14. We are in a highly divided and cynical society right now.

    Today the repub pundits were complaining that he waited a couple of days before seeing her so it was a political ploy his going back to Hawaii. And then they criticized him for using the plane saying it was illegal.

    Watch now for:

    People to claim that she died days ago (and of course they want proof) and Obama didn’t release the info until one day before the election for the sympathy vote.

    I hate myself for even saying it, but i’m sure some asshole (Rush? Hannity?) will at least HINT to it.

  15. Not just suggesting that he made the story up, a few are outright accusing him of offing her.

    Example quote from the first page- “So Barry goes and see’s granny. Granny dies day before election. She is probably one know who really knows where he was born. Well as the church lady used to say.”isn’t that special””

  16. Whatever. Without sounding too overconfident, Obama’s grandmother died knowing her grandson was about to become president. The Freepers will go to their pathetic little graves denying that Obama won, insisting on an ACORN orchestrated gay-crypto-nazi-islamo election conspiracy. I think we know who got more out of life.

  17. [re=161732]Viva la Cynthia[/re]: These people have been raised in a TV society, and they feel a corresponding lack of culpability for their statements. They dehumanize and are dehumanized by the machine. I doubt you would pre-70s people showing this kind of disrespect and not feeling the least bit of compunction.

  18. Well, we already know the assholes think it was planned. Anyone want to take bets on how the assholes are going to say it was all his grandma dying if he wins?

  19. KevoTron is on the verge of being laid off (company announced the first round this morning and more are expected in two weeks), Hopey’s nana died, no money right now….

    But the man’s gonna win tomorrow and I feel fucking good!

  20. [re=161719]Gopherit[/re]: No, that would be too easy. Preferably they have to watch their families die in a fire, then they live with that for the rest of their lonely, biggoted, hateful lives.

  21. Senator Obama’s family is with him in spirit. His maternal grandparents and his mother are all watching over him. They will keep him safe and shepherd him to greatness.

  22. [re=161737]Teasdale[/re]: Sigh. I don’t have enough rage left to be angry at these people. Let’s just help win it for her, folks. GOTV.

  23. Hey why the sad faces, gang! He got to say a loving goodbye, and she got to see him almost all the way. We just need to finish the job for her. Make that snark more biting than ever – Tutu would have wanted it that way!
    /santorum-laced dick joke

  24. [re=161737]Teasdale[/re]: Contrary to what one might think, this disgraceful backlash is not going to go over well with the Bubbas. “Ya don’ mess with mama, ya’ll, especially when mama done died.”

  25. [re=161755]Dave J.[/re]: What’s sad is that there’s always a few lone voices in the wilderness saying vaguely reasonable things like, “Hey guys, maybe we shouldn’t be a bunch of paranoid, hateful lunatics who are seriously suggesting a presidential candidate killed his own grandmother for sympathy votes, huh guys? Guys?”

  26. Surely you are jesting Wonkette. Rush Limbaugh has been saying for the last week that she is faking and this is just a plea for sympathy or a cover so Obama can kill the few remaining people that know the true origin of his birth.

    It’s in the Bible People!

  27. At least one Freeper is having second thoughts, hopefully it wasn’t an early voter:

    To: All

    For God’s sake, people! Show some class!
    I don’t care what you think of HIM, but that is beyond LOW to attach political meaning to his grandmother’s death!
    How DARE you!
    (And you can check the day I joined FR. I’ve been here a while. After this, I’m not sure I WANT to be associated with some of you!)

    posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 4:57:51 PM
    by hoagy62

  28. – I think she was just being kept alive on life support until now, start of the next news cycle. Just took a phone call to pull the plug. Never forget the type of people the Rat are and what they will do to win.

    I think that is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard a person say about the dead. What an asshole! No really, why would ANYONE suggest such a thing. Grrrr… This guy is angering the fuck outta me. I hope someone punches him in the back of the head.

    How sad. I was kind of hoping she could hang on until Jan. 20. I knew it wouldn’t happen, but she should have seen her grandson sworn into office.

  29. Well, one freeper said something nice:

    To: Phemone
    I’m glad he went to see her.
    I know it meant a lot to her.
    50 posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 2:08:47 PM by carenot (Proud member of The Flying Skillet Brigade)

  30. [re=161719]Gopherit[/re]: Firey death may be too good for them. Let’s bring back drawing and quartering.

    So incredibly sad. I’m just glad he got home one last time. Hopefully there’s a next world where granny is partying with MLK Jr., proud as punch at her little boy.

  31. John McCain had better say something during one of his last campaign stops today, or I’m done with him. Actually, I’m done with him anyway, but it would be the gallant thing to do.

    And fuck FreeRepublic.

  32. I really dig how they can be such absolute scum and cry about how they are victims and “the other side is full of hate” all the fucking time.

  33. [re=161751]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: Good luck on surviving the layoffs. They just eliminated a department at my own place of employment today, so the ax is swinging mighty close all over these days. Here’s hoping we’ll have something to celebrate tomorrow.

  34. [re=161772]tunamelt[/re]: he also said this so dont give him credit

    Even she couldn’t stomach the thought of her ungrateful, SOB grandson as the President.

  35. While freepers rend their garments over the “timing” of Obama’s grandmother’s death, I was reminded of James Wolcott’s recent blog: “Moreover, [McCain would] be upstaged every step of the way by Sarah Palin, a hottie in a hurry. She’d be popping balloons behind him and encouraging him to lean over the railing, unable to wait her turn in the electoral line. It’s clear she’s loyal to no one but herself, believes that she deserves everything she desires, and is determined to restore Tara to its former glory.”

  36. I liked the idea of a President having a living grandparent. That woulda been cool. Actually, Obama has a living Kenyan grandmother who is, as we all know, SO MUCH AWESOME.

  37. [re=161711]Texas2Step[/re]: Too late. What a bunch of sleezy scumbags. These people will writhe tomorrow and that will be punishment enough. And fuck ’em all to hell.

  38. “People should be careful about the insensitive remarks they are making on this subject. As a member of the media, I can tell you that reporters at this moment are monitoring remarks here and there is a possibility that stories will crop up on the heartlessness of Freepers. This will generate more sympathy for Obama and I know you don’t want that.

    I am just saying: Be very, very careful about what you say here. And remember, what you give out comes back to you.”

  39. I don’t believe in Hell, but if there is one, yes, these Freepers are going to it.
    The inability to feel human sympathy is pathetic.

    I do believe in a heaven, though, and if it’s there, she’ll be applauding him from there.

  40. [re=161778]Neilist[/re]: I know…who’d have thought Chandler? I think the best quotes are the ones that are most unexpected from the mouth/pen of their owner.

  41. I can’t remember the comedian-I think it was Dennis Miller-who said in a show that if you have any sexual urges toward children, this is your time to take one for humanity and kill yourself now. Any hope that we can get the Freepers-Creepers to do the same thing? Now? To take one for the nation in a painful manner? Clearly, the American gene pool needs a chlorine tablet to take out the scum buildup.


  42. [re=161709]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: I must agree with that “it is generally not a good thing when someone dies.” I generally feel that way about myself.

  43. [re=161795]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]: Thanks. I work for a small firm and it’s a very close knit and fun place. I work in sales and we quickly went from moving $20,000 a day to about $2,500. About two weeks ago we saw our benefits all but eliminated. The writings been on the wall for quite a while and two people got their walking papers first thing this morning. Pitiful severance as well. This recession is destroying my company. It’s very sad. Well fuck it – I was looking for an excuse to go to happy hour today. What is it they say? “I think, ergo I drink”?

  44. Oh no! I’m so sad – she should have been given another day to see the results come in. How fortunate he was able to see her so soon before her passing.
    There’s got to be a special place in hell for Limbaugh, Savage, and the Freeper klan. Hasn’t there?

  45. More gems from the Freeper:

    “Do deaths come in threes? Obama campaign director in Nevada dies at 44 (Sudden Heart Attack in Las Vegas). One more to go.” 48 posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 4:07:47 PM by Fred

    I think that “one more” is you, Fred.

  46. [re=161796]Worlds End[/re]: No, the layout on Free Republic is just confusing. The name at the top is who they are responding to… the name at the bottom is the person posting.

  47. Right now I could knock a Freeper clean the fuck out. I haven’t resorted to violence in a long time. People better watch their mouths when I go vote tomorrow. If anybody slings dirt at Madelyn Dunham in my presence we’re gonna make the fucking newspaper.

  48. Going to see her when he did makes me respect Obama’s judgement, integrity and leadership all the more. And if he hadn’t, the Freepers would be using it as evidence of what a heartless, power-mad guy he is. Screw them, either way. I wonder if McCain will propose suspending the election.

    [re=161751]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: Shhh, the Ueberlords will up your comment production quota. Having been there, good luck. Trust that things happen for a reason, and for the best.

  49. Here’s a great comment from Freeperland:

    “Will this swing the election to him?”

    Uhhh, you mean swing it from the 10 point lead he’s enjoying?

  50. [re=161746]Monkey[/re]: You give the human species too much credit. You believe modern technology has made society decay, I say modern technology just makes finding the dredges of said society easier.

  51. [re=161719]Gopherit[/re]: Personally I’m hoping they all live in Ohio, and are carpooling to the polls together, and their car explodes on the way.

  52. [re=161786]Nathalie08[/re]: Is it too much to hope to see them join a real cult in their despondency and pull a Heaven’s Gate?

    and, that poor, stressed family.

  53. At least now, when he wins, the acceptance speech will be SUPER EXTRA MEGA EMOTIONAL and I will cry, and Barry will cry, and you will all cry, and it will be transformational or something.

    Seriously when he starts crying (and he will) I will cry so much. I am crying right now a little bit just thinking about it.

  54. Too bad she couldn’t hold on for one more day. In “Dreams From My Father” it seems that she is the person who is most responsible for bringing him up. It was her connections that got him into private school and her salary that supported the household.

    R.I.P. Toot.

  55. I’ve been tearing up all day for no apparent reason—at school in front of my students, in the hallways, in the cafeteria, etc.—and I thought I was all done when I got home. Guess not! Thanks, Wonkette! I need a hankie.

  56. RIP, this has got to be rough for Barack and his family.

    And I read some of the Freeper responses, and it literally made my chest hurt.

  57. On the brighter side, at least we can imagine John McCain getting the news and going “Well, that’s just … FUCKING … GREAT!! … FUCK!! … CAN’T A MAVERICK GET A BREAK AROUND HERE? EVER? HENGGH?! HENGGH?! Fuck. Fuck. Fuckfuckfuck. Whatever. Fuck this. Cindy, where’s that 100 year old scotch I been saving? An’ call Joe Lieberman. We’re gonna get drunk as shit RIGHT NOW!”

  58. Also I hope every Freeper asshole’s grandchild runs for office, and then callously has their loony old Wingnut grandparent euthanized the day before the election, fo’ da votes. It’s the only justice there can be.

  59. I hope Obama does his victory speech tomorrow night from Hawaii. Really, it needs to occur in Hawaii. I can’t think of a better place.

  60. It’s time for the decent Republicans–there have to be a few–to step up and tell their knuckle-dragging friends to show some home training.
    If they can’t even manage that, then they should STFU.
    And they wonder why they are losing.

  61. [re=161876]Rodney Badger[/re]: Ugh, what fucking dicks. I’m just gonna go back to playing Fallout 3 until this stupid election is over. . .

  62. Very sad indeed… Though I did have to read this post a second time… I couldn’t figure out why the death of Barry White’s grandmother would be in the news – other than that she’d have to have been quite old…

  63. Listen, in advance, I’m sorry for a long and probably badly formatted post. Ban, ignore, whatever. Below is a poem that has brought me a good deal of comfort…and uncomfort…over the years. Never thought they’d be so many apt observations in it to relate to a single post here, from basic human decency to the terror of mob mentality. So, enjoy or don’t. It’s cathartic for me to post it with tears in my eyes over this soul-bruising news.

    by Wislawa Szymborska
    (translated from the Polish by Joanna Trzeciak)
    Go to:
    An Audible Anthology
    Poetry Pages

    Out of every hundred people,

    those who always know better:

    Unsure of every step:
    almost all the rest.

    Ready to help,
    if it doesn’t take long:

    Always good,
    because they cannot be otherwise:
    four — well, maybe five.

    Able to admire without envy:

    Led to error
    by youth (which passes):
    sixty, plus or minus.

    Those not to be messed with:

    Living in constant fear
    of someone or something:

    Capable of happiness:
    twenty-some-odd at most.

    Harmless alone,
    turning savage in crowds:
    more than half, for sure.

    when forced by circumstances:
    it’s better not to know,
    not even approximately.

    Wise in hindsight:
    not many more
    than wise in foresight.

    Getting nothing out of life except things:
    (though I would like to be wrong).

    Balled up in pain
    and without a flashlight in the dark:
    eighty-three, sooner or later.

    Those who are just:
    quite a few, thirty-five.

    But if it takes effort to understand:

    Worthy of empathy:

    one hundred out of one hundred —
    a figure that has never varied yet.

  64. [re=161861]Mel_David[/re]: He cannot cry. He can NOT cry, no matter what. Those extra special folks at Freeper and elsewhere cannot be given that pleasure. Fortunately, Obama appears to be so tough that you could probably cut off his arms with a shrimp fork and he still wouldn’t let you see him tear up.

  65. [re=161861]Mel_David[/re]: It will probably be the most emotional thing ever in American politics. Seriously. It will be off the charts amazing.

  66. “Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
    – Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr., famous community organizer

  67. i was raised by my grandma.

    hadn’t visited her the last years of her life.
    still have some guilt about that.

    barrack hussien obama will crack the darkness.
    let some light in.

    i’m grateful wonkettes.

    don’t think i’d have gotten through this batshitery with out you.
    unless i was retarded or lived under a rock DOWN BY THE RIVER.
    the end

  68. Such sad timing. I’m consoling myself with the fact that she obviously followed the election avidly and would have died knowing her beautiful boy Barry was a shoe-in. Unless of course the GOP manage to somehow “win” this election, in which case I’ll be glad Toot didn’t have to see that.

  69. Jesus these wingnuts are the most horrible people in the world. Grandmamaba dies and they get to live. Life is just not fair. Obama must win. He just has to.

    RIP Toot.

  70. [re=161751]Kev-O-Tron[/re]:

    Hey bud, keep the faith. All usually works out, unless you are a bitterz.

    And RIP Granny O. We sorta like your grandkid.

  71. [re=161763]problemwithcaring[/re]: Good points. In the otherwise not-so-good movie “Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keilor says a true thing: the death of an old man is not a tragedy. To die in beautiful Hawaii with your loved ones around you is about as good as it could be. To think that your son might become president the next day?–wow.

  72. [re=161866]loquaciousmusic[/re]: I have been crying for like a week. I cried reading the New York Times this morning. I am just planning on being a mess tomorrow.

  73. I have a little girl at home, and I’m thankful that I’ll have the chance to point with pride to my president–President Obama–and his family as role models for our family, and as examples of how great this country can be when it works for people.

    Ms. Dunham has my gratitude for helping to raise her grandson the way she did. May she rests in peace.

  74. My grandmother died a few years ago and I was gutted. It’s a lot tougher when you grow up with a grandmother and she becomes part of your adult life as much as your childhood. I still miss her loads. But she, like Granny Dunham, lived a fine old age. Mind you, I was not about to become President of the free world at the time (I was robbed!), so I can’t claim to know exactly how he feels, but still . . .

    Spare a thought too for Sasha and Malia. Their emotions must be all over the place right now.

  75. How cruel is fate that she should go the day before the most amazing day ever. It does make an agnostic like me hope she, his grandpa and his mom are somewhere and “know” about this.

    I’ve been going through a lot of serious stuff with my senior parents (am in fact in their hometown tonight). I could totally relate when he made the decision to drop everything and visit her recently.

  76. [re=162076]TalentedButHumble[/re]: I’m so sad she didn’t live to see him become president. She tried so hard to hang on. I’m a sap so of course I cried even though she wasn’t even my grandma. I’m trying to think she just wanted to be with him tomorrow and she could only do it if she was with him in spirit. (I write, event though I’m kind of an agnostic. (God? Maybe. Ghosts, Definitely!)

    If you really want to cry about interracial love, bonding, and death read this: It’s about Bernard Hopkins and the cancer-stricken kid he befriended. I sobbed like a baby, and I hate boxing. Basically, death totally fucking sucks.

    Rest in Peace, Granny Toot! Your Bear is going to do it for you tomorrow!!!

  77. [re=161882]Oh hell to the no[/re]: I got “home training” from my South Carolina-raised mother, who got it from her grandmother, “Mama Amy.” I love that phrase too!

  78. [re=161882]Oh hell to the no[/re]: Um, many black people talk about “home training” or “good home training” to describe African American etiquette and social mores. There’s even a book (or more) about it. Are you black? If so, where have you been? Growing up in Hawaii with Barry with no other black folks?

  79. Does anyone think that she really needed the election results to validate her belief in her grandson?

    Does anyone doubt that she already knew that he’s someone who has engaged, emboldened and heartened tens of millions, that he has achieved what no one would have thought possible even today, that he has made a difference in a way we’ve not seen in 40 or so years?

    MLK said long ago: “I may not get there with you…”

    She didn’t need another day to make her (or his) life and victory complete.

  80. Oh great–now I’m gonna cry too.

    No matter what happens tomorrow, I’m going to feel good about how it has turned out because all of you have created this remarkable campaign. She is gone home. And she died peacefully in her sleep, with my sister at her side. And so, there is great joy as well as tears. I’m not going to talk about it too long because it is hard, a little, to talk about.

    I want everybody to know though a little bit about her. Her name was Madelyn Dunham. And she was born in Kansas in a small town in 1922. Which means she lived through the Great Depression, she lived through two world wars, she watched her husband go off to war, while she looked after her baby and worked on a bomber assembly line. When her husband came back they benefited from the GI bill, they moved west and eventually ended up in Hawaii.

    She was somebody who was a very humble person, a very plainspoken person. She is one of those quiet heroes we have all across America, who are not famous, their names are not in the newspapers, but each and every day they work hard. They look after their families. They sacrifice for their children, and their grandchildren. They aren’t seeking the limelight. All they try to do is do the right thing. And in this crowd, there are a lot of quiet heroes like that, people like that, mothers and fathers and grandparents who have worked hard and sacrificed all their lives and the satisfaction that they get is in seeing their children or maybe their grandchildren or their great-grandchildren live a better life than they did. That is what America is about. That is what we are fighting for.

  81. Seeing him in the VA rally he looks really sad – my heart breaks for our future president. The timing is devastating. May he and all of Toots’ loved ones find peace & comfort.

    In his grandmothers memory we will work harder and put special emphasis on getting out the vote.


    Watched the Manassas, VA rally (15 minutes down the road from me) on CSPAN. Estimates are that 90K showed up for the speech. Our guy looked like a dude who has kept an insane work schedule and also got hit with a horrible personal tragedy.

    But, you know what? He also…still….looked like the first person I will ever really feel proud to have knocked on doors and made phone calls for.

    Worn down as he looked, he managed to give a speech that was everything the other team isn’t…positive, proactive, looking toward the future and intelligent.

    Completely snarkless tonight, darlings. Drive someone to the polls tomorrow; contact your local campaign office and see if they need help of any kind if you’re available. Let’s all do everything we can to be proud of what we’ve done tomorrow at this time.

    Oh, and David Frum can suck it.

  83. at times like this i wish i believed in heaven so i could believe she can watch him win tomorrow. either way, she’ll have known what an awesome dude she brought up and we can all thank her for doing such a wonderful job.

  84. Fuck Free Republic and their like.

    I’ve seen a grown man, a man about to become the head of one of the most powerful and well-known nations on earth, cry in front of the world. I’m glad I tuned in for this election- it’s been full of idiocy and insanity and it’s been hilarious, but now we have a moment that reminds us… them’s human beings up there, trying to do what they think is right for the world.

    America, good luck. I think you’ve made the right choice.

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