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Obama Tears Up Over Grandmother: "She was a Quiet Hero"

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Uploaded on Nov 3, 2008

In North Carolina, Barack Obama speaks about his grandmother, Madeyln Dunham or "Toot," who passed away just this morning, one day before the election.

"She was a quiet hero," Obama said.

Toot, short for Tutu (grandmother in Hawaiian) died from cancer at 86 years old.

Obama stated, "She's gone home."

Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, issued the following statement:

"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.

Our family wants to thank all of those who sent flowers, cards, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time. It brought our grandmother and us great comfort. Our grandmother was a private woman, and we will respect her wish for a small private ceremony to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to any worthy organization in search of a cure for cancer."

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