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.”
Whether you are Repub or Demo, Obamas family needs your prayer. Regardless of your feelings towards him, put them aside if you are truly called by his Name (Jesus) and pray for strength for him and his families as well as others that may be affected by a sick loved one, God Bless
WE will keep your Granny in our prayers. I want her to see you get inaugurated Buddy.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Obama's grandma. We all know how important grandmothers are to our lives.
I hope Senator Obama's grandmother get well and live to see his gradson win the presidency. My prayers are with the Obama's in their hour of need. I pray Mrs. Dunham recover fully to cheer Obama on Nov. 4th.
May God Bless Obama's family at this time. My prayers are with him and his grandmother.
Our prayers are with you and your family during this time.
I pray she lives to see her grandson sworn into office.
Our country has suffered too long under the McCain/Bush generation of Republicans.
I'm in Georgia – and my friends and I are voting Obama + Biden.
Hope Shes Okay!
But Don't Worry Well Hold The Fort While Your Gone.
Senator Obama, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. We hope your grandmother comes through her illness and gets the amazing opportunity to celebrate with all of us on November 4th when you win the presidential election. We will be praying for a miracle and may God bless your grandmother!
God Bless Barack's Grandmother.... we should all pray for her highest good and that God's will be done. It is always hard to know in these times what God wills for the elderly. We lost our 93 year old grandmother a few years ago. Even when you know it is their time, it's hard. And you are never ready. My prayers for Barack Obama and all his family. And that if it is that time for the Grandmother that her crossing be an easy one.
I pray that the McCain Camp will be merciful in their ignorant and false attacks at this time. I'm sure that their merciless attacks have not been easy for the Grandmother of Barack Obama.
My prayers are with you and our grandma, Senator Obama. I pray for other members of your and grandma's immediate and extended family, too. Light, for the hiighest good.
My heart goes out to Mr Obama and I wish him and his family the best.
PRAYING FOR YOUR GRANDMA.
I HOPE SHE GETS BETTER.
WILL MISS YOU MR BARRY
LOVE YOU LOTS AND GOODLUCK
We pray for the old grandma who broughtup a future president!
What a touching relationship. I hope she gets better.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family, Senator Obama. Godspeed and God Bless you.
Our prayers are with you as you travel to see your grandmother and we will pray for you and your family. Stay safe.
I'm praying for a full recovery for you grandma.....we love you :)
I totally understand and agree with Barak's decision to be by his grandmother's side. Mrs. Dunham played a major role in his life; the time he spends with her is far more important & precious. This move tells a lots about his character and his love for family.
Let's all pray for Mrs. Dunham's swift recovery.
VA Republican turned Independent
My prayers are with you and our grandma, Senator Obama. I pray for other members of your and grandma's immediate and extended families, too. Light, for the highest good. AMEN.
Pay attention, John. *This* is a real reason to put your campaign on hold.
I wish Senator Obama and his grandmother well.
Our prayers are with you sir !
It must be a great feeling for a GRANDMA to see and meet the next president of the United States!!
Go and visit with your grandmother, Senator Obama. I wish you and your family well. You won't miss much just the same old lies and hate tactics.
to put aside politics for once....our thoughts and prayers are with you senator obama. and gods speed.