Obama’s Grandmama

By Nitya

Mar 31, 2008 7:19am

The Honolulu Advertiser fleshes out the tale of Madelyn Dunham, 85, the maternal grandmother of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, who in December 1970 was named one of the first two female vice presidents at Bank of Hawaii.

Dunham may be best known to voters as the woman Obama referenced in his race speech, when he said of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, "I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother — a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed her by on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."

Some people saw that as Obama making a moral equivalence and callously throwing his grandmother under the bus. Which, of course, Obama denies, saying he was just talking honestly about race.

- jpt

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