WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (CNN) – Senator Barack Obama will leave the campaign trail Thursday afternoon and travel to Hawaii to visit his grandmother, who is seriously ill.
Robert Gibbs, a senior advisor to Obama, told reporters on the flight from Orlando that 85 year-old Madelyn Dunham’s health “has deteriorated to the point where her situation is very serious.” Gibbs would not elaborate on the severity of Dunham’s condition, but said the fact that Obama was traveling to see her “underscores the seriousness of the situation.”
Dunham was released from the hospital late last week.
Obama had been scheduled to appear in Wisconsin and Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday. Those events have been canceled. Instead, Obama will do a morning event in Indianapolis, Indiana and then head to Hawaii. He will return to the trail on Saturday with a campaign event in a western state.
His campaign will continue to function normally and in no way is being suspended.
Obama often speaks on the stump about his grandmother, what an integral figure she was in his youth and how she struggled against the glass ceiling in her career. He and his family traveled to Hawaii in August to visit Dunham.
In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Obama said of his grandmother: “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.”
God bless the Obama family and Mrs. Durham. May she have a speedy recovery and be able to see her beloved grandson be elected President of the United States.
(And it's not even worth stressing you self out over by going to look at the threads at FOX. It is unbelievable how twisted some people are.)
Which of the candidates is the best moral example: the one who takes time off to visit his ailing grandmother, or the one who dumped his ailing wife to marry his vacuous Barbie-doll mistress?
I'm sure Mrs. Dunham appreciates her grandson at her bedside.
Barack Obama kepts mentioning how he's able to withstand these smears from the Republicans but it never occured to me about what all these smears do to his ailing Granny.
Senator Obama, God bless and heal your grand mother. Be of good courage.
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Our prayers are with you and your grandmother Mr. Obama. My whole family voted early for you sir, go with God.
You know,I love Barrack Oboma.He embodies everything that I am, I went to see my grandfather this past weekend because he has been ill and he is 79 years old.I told my job that I was taking off 2 days to go and see him because he was so important in my up bringing and because i love him that much.Nothing means as much as family,especially grandparents.He's been dealing with Altminers disease but I told him, I said "POP", thats what we call him,We're going to have a Black president in November.If I could paint you a picture of the smile on his face it would be on the front cover of every major paper.Even he understands the significance of this election and what it means to this country and the world.So Senator Oboma take out this time to share this moment with your grandmother.Send her home with her head high and proud of this generationn.
Our family is praying for you and your grandmother.
Our hope is that you will find your grandmother improving. Bless you.
my prayers are with the obama family
I have no doubt that Obama's grandmother is extremely proud of the man he became. I am thankful for all she poured into him and I pray she will live to see him become our next president.
You are truly a man of honor and integrity. May God be with you on your trip and put his arms around your grandmother so that she may see you become our next president and know what a part she played.
Judge a man not only by his words but by his actions.
Obama is an honorable man and I look forward to his Presidency.
God bless Barack and his family. Go with him and keep his safe.
Sen. Obama, all of your supporters wish you and your family the very best during this difficult time.
Senator Obama our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
May the Lord keep you and bless her as she recovers. You are surrounding with abiding love, prayers and GOD's hand. We will lift her in the spirit of our LORD. You are a true inspiration, NO WEAPON
FORMED AGANIST YOU SHALL PROSPER!!! Thank you
God bless you senator Obama and God bless your grandma. You exhibit the best in a grandson that America's forefathers truly nod their heads in approval
God bless you adn your family keep it strong Obama we love you and support you keep fighting hard for us
May the Lord guide you and encourage you through your grandma's illness. I pray God stretches his hand and heals her and washes her with his blood and make her whole.
I pray for the healing of your grandmother. YOU ARE A VERY GOOD MAN and you have a good heart. I pray that God would spare her life so that she can see you in the White House.Sen Obama you are part of my family.WE LOVE YOU.
Senator Obama our prayers are with you and your family.
Dear God please watch over Senator Obama's Grandma and keep her well so that she be there to see her beloved Grandson become our next President.
Sen. Obama, I hope your grandmother is able to recover soon. She must be an amazing women to have been able to raise such a respectable man. I hope America wakes up and sends you to the White House.
My Prayers are with you and your family and may the Lord allow her to see you finish this race for the President of the United States.
My Praise go out to Barack and his grandmother.
I hope Barack sees these comments and the support he and his family have. My thoughts are with them all.