Terrance Heath


Filed By Terrance Heath | October 26, 2008 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, John McCain, LGBT families

That's the only word I can think of to describe this.

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I would much rather my money go to putting Obama on a plane to see his grandmother, than to buying Sarah Palin a new brassier.


Leaving aside the likelihood that the Secret Service would let him take a commercial airliner, when the 85-year-old woman who pretty much raised you falls down and breaks a hip, and is gravely ill, you don't waste time getting over there. Even if you're in the middle a presidential campaign, when any absence from the campaign trail is a huge risk.

Where family is concerned, especially someone who has been so important in your life, you do what you have to to be there. Especially if you missed the chance to be there at the bedside before, and grandma is the last one left.

Barack Obama heads to Hawaii this afternoon to visit his beloved grandmother, Madelyn Dunham. Dunham has become seriously ill, prompting the Democratic nominee to leave the campaign trail just 12 days before the election. This morning on CBS' "The Early Show", Obama told Harry Smith that he it was important for him to see his grandmother while she is still alert.

"My grandmother's the last one left," Obama said.

He also expressed regret for not being by his mother's bedside when she passed away in 1995.

"Yeah, got there too late. You know, I mean, it was sort of like this, in the sense that she had a terminal illness. We knew- she wasn't doing well. But you know, the diagnosis was such that we thought we had a little more time, and we didn't," Obama said, "And so I want to make sure that I don't make the same mistake twice."

The best the McCain campaign could have done would have been to simply say that their thoughts are with Obama, his grandmother, and his family during this difficult time.

But this? This is what they trot out?

Hell, I'm embarrassed for them.

Pitiful. Just pitiful.

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it's silly season in politics, as obama says. And these are the most desperate people out there, so they're going to be even sillier.

"Pitiful" is a very good description, I think.