The New York Times has reported that Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama interrupted his campaigning to take a trip recently to Honolulu, Hawaii to visit his terminally ill grandmother, Madelyn Dunham. Dunham, 86, has been battling cancer, while managing to stay on top of her grandchild’s campaign efforts. However, reports state it was important for Senator Obama to shift his focus to her during his recent trip. Senator Obama’s advisors were reassured that this trip was not negotiable by any means.
“One of the things I wanted to make sure of is that I had a chance to sit down with her and talk to her,” stated Obama on ABC’s Good Morning America. He went on to state that, “She’s still alert and she’s still got all her faculties, and I want to make sure that — that I don’t miss that opportunity right now. She is getting a sense of long-deserved recognition at — towards the end of her life.”
Obama is known to credit his grandmother for his upbringing. Mrs. Dunham, who Obama refers to as “Toot,” can be heard speaking during a nationally aired campaign commercial to reassure voters of his American roots.