Obama Pays Homage to his Mother

By Rigel Anderson

Aug 14, 2008 6:17pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: On his last day of vacation, Senator Barack Obama paid tribute to his mother, who passed away in 1995 from ovarian cancer.

Along the scenic overlook on the South Shore of Oahu – Obama visited the exact spot where he scattered his mother’s ashes after her death.

Obama stood quietly for a moment, then sprinkled the flowers from a lei a few times into the ocean, as some rough surf crashed up to where he was standing. The Senator was accompanied by his childhood friend, Bobby Titcomb who he grew up with on the island.

Obama has said that his most cherished possession is a photograph of the spot where her ashes were scattered.

On his week long vacation to the island – Obama also visited his grandfather’s grave in Punchbowl Cemetery – a WW II veteran who fought in Patton’s Army. Obama brought his wife, Michelle and his two daughters Malia and Sasha to lay a flower lei at his grave.

Obama lived with his grandparents while attending the Punahoe School in Honolulu – his grandmother still lives in the small apartment building he was raised in near the school. Obama has visited his grandmother – who is in poor health – almost every day while on the island.

In addition to reconnecting with his family roots on the island, Obama has also visited some of his old stomping grounds – body surfing at Sandy’s beach, playing basketball at his old school, and snorkeling at Hanauma Bay.

Obama leaves the Island on Friday – and will gear up for his return to the campaign trail on Saturday.

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