“I can no more disown [Rev. Wright] 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 by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”
Senator Barack Obama
A More Perfect Union Speech
March 18, 2008
Barack Obama threw his ailing grandmother who raised him under the bus today.
Obama equated her with the racist anti-Semitic “G-Damning America” preacher he chose for himself and his family- Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, a bank vice president, and grandfather, Stanley Dunham, a salesman, lived in a two-bedroom apartment in downtown Honolulu and helped raise their grandson along with his white mother until he graduated from high school. (Washington Post)
Both Dunhams were upset when their daughter Ann married Barack Obama Senior, particularly after receiving a long, angry letter from the graduate student’s father in Kenya who “didn’t want the Obama blood sullied by a white woman.” Madelyn Dunham took care of Barack’s mother Ann in Hawaii in her last months before Ann died of cancer at age 53.
Today Obama’s grandmother continues to live in what CBS News has described as the same “non-descript highrise” in Honolulu, Hawaii where she raised Barack Obama (then known as “Barry”), with the same telephone number now as then. Madelyn Dunham’s last interview was in 2004, on the occasion of Barack Obama’s keynote address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention- Wiki.
On March 18, 2008, in his speech on race and the controversy surrounding comments from his former pastor Jeremiah Wright, Obama stated that his grandmother confessed to him about “her fear of black men who passed by her on the street,” and he would cringe at her use of “racial or ethnic stereotypes.”
“I am not giving any interviews,” Madelyn Dunham told a reporter who phoned in March 2008. “I am in poor health.”
** In over a year of speeches, I don’t recall Obama talking about his grandmother who raised him and that she was ill- not once. I don’t recall any special trips over to Hawaii to see her.
That doesn’t say much about the young senator.
Scott Johnson is also disgusted by this abuse of his grandmother.
Judith Apter Klinghoffer agrees.
Doug Ross writes on the speech that did not make the cut: “My parents came from a diverse background, he a Muslim who ended up in Kenya; she a professional synchronized swimmer with a penchant for erotic macrame. Their stories haven’t made me the most conventional candidate, other than the typical shady land deals you’d expect of any Democrat…”
Steve Sailor compares what Barack said about his grandmother yesterday to what he wrote about her in his first book.
More from Micky Kaus, via Instapundit– “The most disastrous sentence in the speech (on his grandmother). If Obama’s saying that those who fear young black men on the street are racists, the equivalents of Rev. Wright in offensiveness, then he’s just insulted a whole lot of people.”
Michelle Malkin adds, “Well, you can’t pick your grandma, but you can pick your pastor. And Obama picked the wrong one if he aspires to be the president of all America.”
Melanie Phillips discusses Obama’s bomb at The Spectator.
MORE… Ann Coulter also writes about poor grandma under the bus.
UPDATE: (April 10, 2008) No Quarter has more on Obama’s relationship with his white grandmother who he threw under the bus.