Farewell to a Memorable Woman

We want to bid a heart-felt aloha to Madelyn Dunham who passed away just one day before the election of her grandson to the highest office in the Nation and across the globe.  We were all devastated that it happened just one day too soon.  Sigh. 

She was a heck of a lady and one that no one ever forgot.  She left her mark on people she worked with and on people, like me, who only heard about her.  Apparently, from what I’ve read and followed (thank you, CNN); she left her mark on her grandson as well.  He will carry on her drive and determination — we’re counting on it!  I’ve read about things he has done in the past and I don’t doubt it! 


I don’t know who to give credit to for this photo.  I have seen it everywhere.  I have to send a huge mahalo out to whomever it was that took this picture.  I chose to include it here because it shows, not only her maternal adoration of her grandson, but it also confirms that she really was the support that Barack has always claimed her to be.  Most significantly, it shows how very proud she was. 

Many of us, me included, were devastated when she passed away the day before his election.  But, I took comfort in Obama’s acceptance speech when he stated that he knew she was watching.  He’s a strong man but that had to hurt.   

To the likes of Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh, I hope you guys are pleased with yourselves.  Here is what Limbaugh said:

“Who announces days in advance they’re rushing to the side of a loved one who is deathly ill, but keeps campaigning in a race that’s said to be over, only to go to the loved one’s side days later? See, I think this is about something else… This birth certificate business, this lawsuit that a guy named Phillip Berg filed in Philadelphia in August for Obama to produce his genuine birth certificate, and he still hasn’t replied, he hasn’t done so.” 

As much as I hate to admit it, I used to listen to Limbaugh because I thought he was an informed and gifted speaker.  I don’t know what happened but he’s become nothing more than a no-class loser!  To compound the felony, I actually bought Michael Savage’s book because I thought he was intelligent.  Again, what happened?  

Personally, I hope Barack Obama makes them all eat crow! 

You raised a heck of a man, Mrs. Dunham!  I personally thank you for your accomplishment in that regard.  I also thank you for the example of leadership you set for those in your line of business.   Quality leaders one and all!  Yours is one bloodline that I am very happy to have leading my country!

Aloha, Madelyn, may your memory stay with us always!   

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Flo // Nov 6, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    While I’m no Obama fan, I can’t believe this garbage over the birth certificate. It is so ridiculous and I can’t believe Limbaugh and Savage are buying into that bull. A few months ago someone had posted what was supposed to be Obama’s birth cert. and they were saying how it didn’t look real. My husband was born in Honolulu and it looked just like his. This is all a load of rubbish. And, as I said, I’m no fan of Obama but my heart goes out to him. Losing a parent is always hard no matter how old you are or who you are. He has done amazing things and his grandmother should be very proud of him.

  • 2 Evelyn // Nov 6, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you, Flo. I agree with you and, for the record, I was born in Honolulu and my birth certificate looks EXACTLY like Barack’s! They shouldn’t talk about things they know nothing about!

    Madelyn raised a very fine grandson and if she can see him, she is very proud indeed!

  • 3 Becky // Nov 6, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    I am a big Barack Obama fan. When they declared him to be our next President, the goose bumps and a few tears flowed freely. I feel he will do good. Just have to give him a chance. He is being left with a lot on his shoulders, no thanks to who he will be replacing. I know that his grandmother was looking down on him that day and was one very proud woman. Like Barack says, “Yes we can” and I feel we will.

  • 4 Evelyn // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Hiya Becky! I was crying listening to his acceptance speech and watching the other people in the crowd. It was a very emotional moment. You’re right, he is carrying quite a heavy load. I have faith in his abilities and, “Yes we can!” 🙂

  • 5 Rod // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    “Yes we can, yes we can, yes we can! Oops!! YES WE DID, YES WE DID, YES WE DID!!!!!!!”

  • 6 Evelyn // Nov 6, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Yes we did, Rod! Now we’ve got to continue with the long road ahead, knowing that “yes we can!” We proved it. 🙂

  • 7 Keahi Pelayo // Nov 7, 2008 at 9:28 am

    I am sorry she did not live to see her Grandson’s election.

  • 8 Evelyn // Nov 7, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Hi Keahi! It was a sad thing. I think we were all hoping she would make it. But, a higher power had other ideas.

    Good to see you, Keahi, thank you for stopping by!

  • 9 cloudia // Nov 18, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Yes we did!
    Mahalo for your honesty about your own growth (re: Rush).
    A great post! Aloha from Waikiki-

  • 10 Evelyn // Nov 18, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Hi Cloudia! Thanks for checking out the article and for leaving your comment. 🙂 That was nice!

  • 11 HawaiiVacationGifts // Dec 7, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    The birth certificate issue should never have come up. Obama was running for President of our country. I am sure the government has done a thorough background check already. It is degrading to have to prove to the public who you say you are. Was it because he was non-white, or because he was from Hawaii? No other candidate has had to show proof of his or her citizenship.

  • 12 Evelyn // Dec 8, 2008 at 6:22 am

    You’re right about that, HVG. It was pretty inexcusable. I think that so many people came up with guilt-by-association ways of attacking Obama, that these guys had to dig even deeper to try to find something to use against him. “Why not use something that people won’t check? Hawaii is too far away — they won’t go there to confirm anything.”

    Sarcasm: Guess what? Hawaii is part of the United States! Honest! You don’t even have to pay customs to ship stuff here! /sarcasm

    Definitely stupidity at one of its finest moments.

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