Barack Obama visits his grandmother

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Barack ObamaIf your beloved grandmother got very sick, surely you would rearrange your schedule to go and visit her, yes? You might even cancel some meetings or skip the kids' swim lessons. Maybe, depending on the timing, you might have to cancel a vacation. But, most people, if they have a good relationship with their grandparents, would make whatever sacrifice they need to, in such a situation.

But what if you were in the middle of something so important that canceling to visit a sick relative could very well change the course of history? Would anyone blame you for not dropping everything to rush to your grandmother's bedside? That's the situation Barack Obama found himself in. His grandmother, Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham, has fallen ill, two weeks before the election that might just make him President of the United States.

So what does he do? He cancels his campaign events and heads off to be with his grandmother. He's canceled nearly all events later this week, with only a few remaining to be handled by his wife, so that he can fly to Hawaii. Obama spoke of his grandmother, who helped raise him, when he accepted the democratic presidential nomination, saying "She's the one who taught me about hard work. She's the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. She poured everything she had into me. And although she can no longer travel, I know that she's watching tonight, and that tonight is her night as well."

I'd say she did a pretty darn good job of raising Obama. I just hope that I can do as good a job so that someday, when one of my kids is running for president, if I should suddenly fall ill, they'll come visit me too.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.