Obama suspends campaign to visit sick grandmother in Hawaii

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Obama suspends campaign to visit sick grandmother in Hawaiiby Roxy-Publishingon.Obama suspends campaign to visit sick grandmother in HawaiiBarack Obama’s grandmother is gravely ill. My temptation yesterday was to say nothing. And then, this morning, I came across this picture at Andrew’s place. I’ve reflected a lot–personally–on Obama’s campaign and the values of parenting. I often think about how his Dad left him, and never knew that his son would be within days […]

Barack Obama’s grandmother is gravely ill. My temptation yesterday was to say nothing. And then, this morning, I came across this picture at Andrew’s place. I’ve reflected a lot–personally–on Obama’s campaign and the values of parenting. I often think about how his Dad left him, and never knew that his son would be within days of the presidency of the greatest power in history. Think about this–what else could a father want? My own Dad often says that too many black men see child-rearing as “responsibility” and not “personal investment.” They forget about the joy that children bring, and instead focus on the bills, or on stupid, petty beefs with women. As my own son creeps past eight, I’ve been reminded of that.

Obama’s mother, a relatively young woman when he was born, will not be here to see him inaugurated, should he win. Whenever, I think of that I just get sad–mostly because she did know the rewards of parenting and threw herself at her kids. There’s something unjust in the fact that she won’t get to see the results of all her work.

But now, more than anyone, I am thinking of Barack Obama’s grandparents. One of the big mistakes we make when we look at the history of race in this country is to focus on big people and big events. What should be remembered is that, though our racial history is mired in utter disgrace, though the deep cowardice of post-reconstruction haunts us into the 21st century, at any point on the timeline, you can find ordinary white people doing the right thing. Frederick Douglass, himself a biracial black man, is a hero of mine. But arguably more heroic, is Helen Pitts, his second wife–a white woman, who traced her history back to the Mayflower, whose ancestors founded Richmond Township, NY, and who was cast out for marrying Douglass. Here is a white woman who spent the best years of her life fighting for suffrage and racial justice. After Douglass died, she dedicated the rest of her life to seeing him honored, when everyone else was on the verge of forgetting. Please read up on her. She was the truth.

Likewise, I was looking at this picture of Obama’s grandparents and thinking how much he looks like his grandfather. And suddenly, for whatever reason, I was struck by the fact that they had made the decision to love their daughter, no matter what, and love their grandson, no matter what. I’d bet money that they never even thought of themselves as courageous, that they didn’t give much thought to the broader struggles in the the world at the time. They were just doing what right, honorable people do. But the fact is that, in the 60s, you could be disowned for falling in love with a black woman or black man. There is a reason why we have a long history of publicly biracial black people, but not so much of publicly biracial white people.

We often give a pass to racists by noting that they were “of their times.” Fair enough, and I know Hawaii was a different beast, but still, today, let us speak of people who were ahead of their times, who were outside of their times. Let us remember that Barack Obama learned the great lessons of life from courageous white people. Let us speak of those who do what normal, right people should always do when faced with a child–commit an act love. Here’s to doing the right thing.
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10 Responses

  1. oswald perkinsMay 23, 2016 at 8:11 am


  2. luis mMay 23, 2016 at 8:31 am

    El Presidente Obama es un gran individuo……solo que encontró a USA en condiciones no agradables…..en dos guerras y con crisis……..Su reelección en la Casa Blanca creo que va a darle oportunidad de implementar programas que mejoren la economía en beneficio del pueblo Americano…Gran Nación de inmigrantes….GOD BLESS AMERICA….

  3. Abraham PeggMay 23, 2016 at 8:34 am

    darn didn't realize that. thank you for telling me. I'll be extra sure to look at dates and descriptions more carefully XD

  4. Steven PantinMay 23, 2016 at 9:08 am

    you realize this was back in 2008 right?

  5. swan156May 23, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Still feel the same?

  6. hakudoshisamaMay 23, 2016 at 10:18 am

    damn bitch you look like a fucking man.

  7. ryansistah74May 23, 2016 at 11:01 am

    @GVbroker2 what a sick-ass retarded shitbird you are. Get some help fucktard.

  8. David DominguezMay 23, 2016 at 11:57 am

    yeah that is not breaking news for the campaign trail !!!! its worthless material. Obama needs to stop this type of scheme to get the seat aka presidential seat…

    bad drive by media; bad drive by media; your stations shall faltered for delivering us horrible stories. Journalist has no value because you fail to dig deeper in this scene.

  9. GVbroker2May 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Pretty convenient for him that she dies before she can be interviewed in a weak moment and divulge something inconvenient – like a truth! Were any of his Chicago friends with him while he cleaned up the apartment?

  10. GVbroker2May 23, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    How convenient for her to die before he was elected. The Hawaiian news reported that he spent almost every moment in her apartment; not at her bedside. Cleaning up?