As most of you know, Barack Obama's Grandmother passed away one day before the election. He spoke about it yesterday, at his rally in North Carolina. He was clearly moved at the event, and teared up at one point. Here is an excerpt about what he said last night.
"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
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."
You can watch here.
Though she won't be here to witness her Grandson make history, good news comes from her home state of Hawaii today. Her absentee ballot was received in October, and will be counted in the election.
There are record turn-outs all over the country. Please, stay in line to vote.
Tiny Dixville Notch, NH, historically the first to vote in each election, voted at 12:ooam this morning. They have not gone Democratic since 1968, but last night voted overwhelmingly for Obama. Obama received 15 votes, while McCain received 6.
I'd say we are off to a good start.
Please vote today. Your country depends on you!