In the closing days of the campaign– like most other people who follow politics– I have given thought to things like whether Barack Obama or John McCain is going to win Colorado, who will serve in the next President’s cabinet, and all the rest of those things.
But most pervasive in my thoughts was my hope or prayer that Barack Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, would still be alive on election day, to see the grandson that she raised elected President of the United States. In the end, she probably knew that he would win– whether or not she made it to election day or not.
Even at age 86, she was called home too soon for anyone who had the life she had. She might have been one of those “quiet Americans”, but because of her quiet act of raising one grandchild the way that she and her husband did, she has already changed the lives of 280 million Americans…
Here is what Barack Obama had to say tonight about the passing of his grandmother: