Just a quick post for Senator Obama, who lost his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, yesterday in Hawaii. Apparently Ms. Dunham was still able to vote for her grandson through the use of an absentee ballot, although she will obviously never see the results of the election. Obama's grandmother helped to raise him, and he cited her often in his speeches, pointing to her as an inspirational example and as the cornerstone of their family.
At any rate, my thoughts and sympathies go out to Senator Obama and his family as they deal with this loss, even in the midst of the election day hoopla.
It just kind of keeps things in perspective, doesn't it? Even as he faces the possibility of being elected into one of the most powerful offices in the world, we can all relate to the fact that Mr. Obama must be undergoing some personal suffering at the same time. Family and our relationships with them are just one of those great, shared human experiences, and the loss of those who are close to us is always painful- even for the potential President of the United States.