If you haven’t heard the sad news, Barack Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham died today. In a statement, Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, said:
It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. 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.
I’ve also been meaning to offer condolences here to my other senator, Dick Durbin, who lost his 40-year-old daughter Christine on Saturday, from complications related to a lifelong congenital heart condition. I’m a huge fan of Durbin’s, to the point of remarking a couple of times during this election season (like after last summer’s FISA vote, ahem) that the wrong senator from IL was running for president. He’s not the one who gets the glory, but he’s seriously cool.
I cannot even imagine what a mindfuck it must be for these men to be grieving right now, when they should be celebrating (knock wood) well-deserved victories tomorrow. There’s not really much else to say, except I’m so sorry for both families.