Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham, died today after a battle with cancer. A statement released by Obama and his sister said:
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.
Last month, with only two weeks to go before election day, Obama took two days off from campaigning to make a final visit to his ailing grandmother in Hawaii. Now, with the sad news coming only one day before the presidential election, the Obama family must be filled with many emotions. Our thoughts go out to them.