The death of Barack Obama’s grandmother raises new doubts about the candidate
Grandmother’s death reveals Barack Obama’s difficulty with the truth: Andy Martin on the death of Barack Obama’s grandmother: after sympathy, questions remain about the manner in which Obama concealed his relative’s illness
The death of Obama’s grandmother: a new mystery
With Obama, even family tragedy is be manipulated to conceal instead of reveal
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Internet powerhouse Andy Martin expresses his sympathy to the Democratic presidential candidate, but then raises new doubts about Obama’s fitness to serve as president
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(CHICAGO)(November 3, 2008) With Barack Obama, the truth is always the first casualty. Even in the case of his beloved grandmother’s final days, Obama could not bring himself to tell the truth about her condition. Is there an insight in his evasiveness, once again, into the man’s character and how he would govern? You be the judge.
First, let me express my deep sympathy and empathy to the senator for the loss of his grandmother. I sincerely believe he loved her deeply, more deeply than he could realize when she was alive and even more deeply in the days ahead than he expects.
Madelyn Dunham was indeed what Obama described her as being: the rock in his life. She was stable, hard-working and reliable, qualities lacking in all of the other adults in his life. Madelyn Dunham was also an extraordinary woman of accomplishment. She started at the bottom and she worked her way to the top. I salute her.
I don’t think we can overestimate the delayed impact her loss will have on the senator. Having studied Obama for the past four years, and having worked tirelessly to separate the truth from his fictions, I believe he told the truth about his grandmother’s influence on his life, and I believe he will feel her loss very deeply.
Yet despite the sorrow at his loss, Obama revealed himself once again as a man whose own personality is completely antithetical to that of his grandmother. He described her as non-nonsense, above-board and Midwestern straight. He is none of those.
He is secretive to the point of paranoia, and manipulative to the point of distraction.
When Obama visited his grandmother in August she was described as suffering from “osteoporosis.” No mention of any other illness was made.
In October, the Washington Post reported that his grandmother had “recently [been] released from the hospital with a broken hip and heart condition.”
No mention was made of any other illness in the extensive media coverage of his sudden trip to Hawai’i.
In fact, as recently as this weekend (November 2nd) the Washington Post was still under the impression Obama’s grandmother was suffering from some sort of hip injury. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/02/AR2008110200784.html
Today (November 3rd) it was announced she died of cancer.
It is a long road from a broken hip to cancer, and from osteoporosis to cancer. Is there some significance in Obama’s changing and ultimately deceptive family narrative?
Obama’s grandmother died of cancer. His mother died of cancer. He has an addiction to smoking, which is perhaps the worst medical symptom for developing cancer.
Obama’s supporters, though not the candidate openly, did not hesitate to raise doubts about Senator John McCain’s age and health problems, with a particular emphasis on McCain’s history of skin cancer.
Was Obama trying to conceal his own family history of cancer, while seeking to exploit McCain’s past health problems? It appears so.
Barack Obama has problems with the truth. He seeks to control the truth, manipulate the truth and deny the truth, even where his own grandmother’s final days were concerned. Political manipulation took precedence over the truth.
With all due respect in his hour of bereavement, Barack Obama is not the kind of man we need in the White House. We need a man who is open, candid and can deal with us from the heart, not merely through the lens of a teleprompter.
Even as I was preparing this column the e-mails had already begun arriving, raising doubts about the manner of his grandmother’s death. The reality, sadly, is that Obama has excited a lot of people, and raised a lot of money, some legal and some illegal, but he has failed to achieve the ultimate requirement for serving as our president. He has failed to establish a bond of trust and confidence with the American people.
We may admire him and his accomplishments. We may share many of his aspirations. But we do not trust the man. The way he handled his grandmother’s final illness shows why. Without trust, all is lost in a leader. This is a painful truth, but it is the truth every American must face when voting tomorrow.
Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He is currently based in New York selling his new book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin comments on regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.
His columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. Andy is the author of Obama: The Man Behind The Mask, published in July 2008, see http://www.OrangeStatePress.com.
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