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Free Obama's White Grandmother
Newsmax ^ | 3/28/07 | Andy Martin

Posted on 03/29/2007 6:50:58 AM PDT by meg88

Free Obama's White Grandmother Andy Martin Wednesday, March 28, 2007

CHICAGO -- If anyone else running for president locked his granny away and refused to allow her to be seen, would the media complain? You betcha.

But America's media have supinely allowed Barry Obama to pretend he has no white relatives. He has paraded his step-grandmother in Kenya, who never saw him until the 1980s, as his "granny," and locked the grandmother who actually raised him away in a closet.

Now, the Chicago Tribune reports "the Obama campaign declined to make [his white grandmother] available."

Is she sick? Not apparently. Bedridden? Hospitalized? Not apparently. She is the "Prisoner of Obama," and of Obama's racist myth that he is "Black" and not "Black and White."

What a disgrace.

And like whimpering puppies the media do not protest, complain or demand access.

Free Granny Madelyn Dunham [Obama]!

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Barack Obama is one of the most racist politicians in America today. And we let him get away with it. We are afraid to confront Obama's reality, so we pretend that reality is not there, even though it is staring us in the face. Anyone remember "Miss Lillian?" Or Barbara Bush? Or Bill Clinton's mom, drinking, gambling card-playing gal that she was?

Noone else but Obama could get away with pretending that his paternal grandfather's second or third or fourth wife was his "granny" when she wasn't.

Maybe that's the core of the antipathy between grandson and grandmother. Maybe that's why Obama's white grandmother is locked in purdah. She is offended that Obambi shamelessly highlights his black relatives in Kenya and, equally shamelessly, pretends his white relatives in Hawaii who actually raised him do not exist. It would hurt me.

No one could get away with pretending his white grandmother didn't exist except a media witch doctor such as Obama.

I have been attacking Obama for months because of his racist exclusion of his white relatives from the campaign trail.

We finally smoked out a picture of Obama's sister in the Chicago Tribune. She had said she was his "adviser" but refused to be photographed. Did she plan to enter the White house with a paper sack over her head?

But the "segregation" of Madelyn Dunham, Obama's white grandmother, and only real grandmother, has to be one of the cruelest and most mendacious political kidnappings this nation has ever seen.

Mrs. Dunham lives alone in the same apartment where she has lived for many years. Thus, it is reasonable to assume she is not incapacitated or an invalid.

Granny Dunham told the New York Times she was not well enough to speak, but in reality the Obama campaign maintains Stalinist "control" over potential interviewees. Obama's minions tried to control access to Obama's friend who was recently released from prison. Since he became a candidate for U.S. Senator, Obama has locked his white relative away in his racist closet.

Madelyn Dunham raised Barry Obama. It was probably her money that got him admitted to the prestigious Punahou School in Hawaii and paid his fees. Her efforts were formative, perhaps even more so than those of Obama's mother Ann, Madelyn's daughter. And yet Madelyn is being hidden away.

All because she is white and Barry Obama is a "black" candidate for president.

What a lie. What hypocrisy. What cowardice. And this man wants to sit in the Oval Office?

Ironically, locking Madelyn away is going to hurt Obama more with African-Americans than with whites. Whites delight in drinking Obama's Kool-Aid. Reason and reality will only gradually descend on them.

But blacks are a lot smarter than whites when it comes to slights, because they have experienced racial slights all their lives. Blacks know who Obama is, and they know how he is trying to "pass" and ignore his past.

During the decade when crack devastated the African-American community it was the "Black Grannies" who were and are the backbone of the community. These grandmothers helped stabilize disintegrating families ravaged by drugs. Black grannies will not like the fact that their white counterpart is being treated badly by Obama.

Black and white grandmothers? My guess is they will stick together on this one. They will be offended by the way Obama is treating the woman who really raised him and was the stabilizing factor in his life, Madelyn Dunham.

I repeat: Free Granny Madelyn Dunham [Obama]!

Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.

© Copyright, Andy Martin 2007

TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: barakobama; dunham; election; nobama; obama; obamaiswhite; obamashame
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To: meg88

How old is his grandmother? She would at least have to be in her eighties. She may not want to go through all the trouble of campaigning. In any case, she can always pick up a phone and tell the press if her grandson is refusing to allow her to speak.

61 posted on 03/29/2007 7:57:56 AM PDT by LWalk18
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To: meg88

How old is his grandmother? She would at least have to be in her eighties. She may not want to go through all the trouble of campaigning. In any case, she can always pick up a phone and tell the press if her grandson is refusing to allow her to speak.

62 posted on 03/29/2007 7:58:06 AM PDT by LWalk18
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I thought she was Hispanic? Someone told me that, I dunno, I didn't care.

Never saw his dad, either. ;)

63 posted on 03/29/2007 8:00:15 AM PDT by Sols
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To: meg88

...."locked the grandmother who actually raised him away in a closet"...

What a kind liberal gesture. Let's see, abortion and now elderly confinement. It's all for the good of the "system".

No morals.

64 posted on 03/29/2007 8:01:49 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: Kimmers

Saving for '08.

65 posted on 03/29/2007 8:03:03 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: gathersnomoss

It's a figure of speech and it's a pretty bald-faced lie, so don't get too upset about it.

66 posted on 03/29/2007 8:03:10 AM PDT by Sols
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To: meg88

Illinois lawmaker goes big-time
Obama's appeal crosses racial lines
Kansas City Star, The (MO)
July 28, 2004
Estimated printed pages: 2

When Barack Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention last night, Madelyn Dunham was paying especially close attention.

But then, Dunham - a Kansas native who has lived in Hawaii for many years - is also the U.S. Senate candidate's grandmother.

During his speech, Obama, who is a state legislator in Illinois, nodded to his family's roots in Kansas. His mother, the late Ann Dunham, was born here. "She was born in a town on the other side of the world, in Kansas," Obama told the convention delegates.

Madelyn Dunham, who helped raise Obama, declined to say which town, specifically. She still was beaming over the speech, which she watched from Hawaii.

"I think he stood up with the best of them," she said.

A few months ago, Barack Obama was just an underdog candidate for a Senate seat, unknown even to many people in his home state of Illinois.

Now he's the newest star in his party, a black candidate with a strong following among white voters.

But Obama grew up in Hawaii and knows something about waves - like the wave of attention he is enjoying now.

"I love to body surf. If you're on a wave, you ride it. You figure at some point you're going to get a mouthful of sand," he said. "It doesn't last forever."


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67 posted on 03/29/2007 8:03:58 AM PDT by maggief
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To: ElkGroveDan

I'll bet liberals also would lie about their required bowel movements if they had to. I see a reissue of the McCartney/Jackson single coming.

68 posted on 03/29/2007 8:05:57 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: 3AngelaD

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69 posted on 03/29/2007 8:07:34 AM PDT by Dad yer funny (FoxNews is morphing , and not for the better ,... internal struggle? Its hard to watch)
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To: BufordP

"Where are the white women?"

70 posted on 03/29/2007 8:08:07 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: Sols

The true story will come through. Holding my .02 opinion for later.

71 posted on 03/29/2007 8:10:03 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: Sols
I never saw John Edwards' mom.

But edwards didn't run his campaign on the platform of not being born of woman. obsama is using the black platform.

72 posted on 03/29/2007 8:10:31 AM PDT by bannie
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To: Hildy
Tell me where I'm wrong (Like you guys wouldn't be happy to!). But wouldn't that be kind of a good thing for Obama? Maybe when they get behind the curtain, people who might not feel entirely comfortable voting for a black man might do so if they knew he was half black/half white. Does his true status make him a pariah in the black community? I'm confused as to what the downside is here My guess is that having a white granny doesn't help his "black authenticity" problem. Perhaps Obama has made the calculation of white gain versus black loss is not balanced in his favor.
73 posted on 03/29/2007 8:12:18 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (27 B stroke 6 required)
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To: bannie

He addresses black community issues. I'd hardly say they're his platform.

And even considering that, he has never pretended at any point that he doesn't have a white mother!

74 posted on 03/29/2007 8:15:15 AM PDT by Sols
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To: Sols

You're right.

I was just trying to figure out the "Why?" of it all.


75 posted on 03/29/2007 8:16:52 AM PDT by bannie
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To: bannie
I never saw John Edwards' mom.

But edwards didn't run his campaign on the platform of not being born of woman. obsama is using the black platform.

I just assumed that we never saw John Edward's mother because she was too busy working double-shifts in the mill to come out to wave to the cameras.
76 posted on 03/29/2007 8:18:40 AM PDT by philled ("Enshrine mediocrity and the shrines are razed."-- Ellsworth Toohey)
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To: Sols
This is silly.

Maybe to you. Are you trying to say that YOUR view of the family is the only valid view?

Family bonds are very important to some people even if they are not important to you.
77 posted on 03/29/2007 8:21:31 AM PDT by msnimje (True Conservatives will not support a pro-abortion candidate.)
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To: oyez
The MSN will get to the heart of this mater.

Yes, when the PIAPS tells them it's time.

78 posted on 03/29/2007 8:24:48 AM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Nothing witty here... move on.)
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To: LWalk18
Here's a longish piece from CBS News this month about the results of tracking down his Hawaiian schoolmates, etc. Note that his grandma is quoted.

But even more fun is his high school sweetheart who says a reporter talked to her and then stole some property. See the paragraphnumbered 17, below. You can see why folks might be less than enthusiasitc about being interviewed!


Until recently, the players on Hawaii's 1979 state basketball championship team thought their glory days were behind them, consigned to yearbooks and faded newspaper clippings.

Now lots of people are interested in helping graduates of Punahou School jog their foggy memories, trolling for revelations about a young man who spent much of his time that season riding the bench. The Los Angeles Times weighed in the other day. Vanity Fair is coming soon.

So far, the candidacy of the man known by his high school friends as Barry Obama has been good for the Hawaii economy and bad for newsroom budgets. Since January, more than a dozen news organizations from around the globe, from the BBC to TV Asahi to People magazine, have dispatched reporters to Oahu.

Most classmates and teachers recall an easygoing, slightly chunky young man, with the same infectious smile he sports today. Yet many say they have trouble reconciling their nearly 30-year-old memories with Obama's more recent descriptions of himself as a brooding and sometimes angry adolescent, grappling with his mixed race and the void left by a father who gave him his black skin but little else.

The attention on Obama's time at Punahou — a country club campus with nine tennis courts, an Olympic-size pool and an endowment of $180 million — represents the next important challenge for a celebrity politician who leapt onto the national stage with a few swift strides.

Obama's presidential prospects have been fueled in large part by an arresting life story: The son of a Kenyan goatherder, he wrestled with his dual identities to become the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review and a member of the U.S. Senate. So far, it has been a narrative spun almost entirely on Obama's terms and in his own words — most prominently in his bestselling memoir, "Dreams From My Father."

Now that life story is being edited by others. He is undergoing what some have called the "Profile Primary" — which is testing his ability to keep control of his public image, as journalists sketch portraits of the candidate as a young man and comb for contradictions and potential embarrassments in his past.

So far, this process has not yielded anything especially damaging to Obama's candidacy. But it has revealed the vagaries of memory, as well as the ambivalent emotions stirred among old acquaintances when someone they once knew becomes famous.

Dan Hale, the 6-foot-7-inch star center of the 1979 Punahou basketball team, said Obama's depiction of Hawaii as a place where race really mattered hardly resonates with him. "I was certainly oblivious to a lot of what he references," Hale said in an interview. "If you look at our teams, that year I was the only white guy on the starting five. You had three part-Hawaiians, one Filipino and me."

But Hale said he is still enjoying the novelty of a famous classmate. "It's good for me, pre-Alzheimer's, to try and remember this stuff," he said, struggling to recall something other than Obama's love for basketball and his improbable hook shot. "If only I had saved that Nerf hoop we used to dunk on. I'd put that up on e-Bay."

Alan Lum, another teammate from the championship squad who now teaches second grade at Punahou, has done enough interviews that his fellow teachers have started to rib him about his newfound fame. After a recent lunch with a reporter, he winked at a table of faculty-lounge colleagues and joked, "This one is with Playgirl."

The fun may wear off, if history is any guide. Journalistic excavations of a presidential candidate's past often turn ugly. In the 2004 presidential campaign, both John F. Kerry and President Bush were embroiled in disputes over their Vietnam-era records, controversies that were stoked by the conflicting recollections of people who knew them.

Arkansas is filled with people still burned from their interactions with the national news media, which descended on the state during Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign and stayed for his presidency, continuing to poke and prod at his business and personal dealings.

Obama's family is already insulating itself. "I am not giving any interviews," Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, curtly interjected when a reporter phoned. "I am in poor health."

The number at Dunham's apartment in a nondescript Honolulu high rise has not changed in more than a quarter-century. It is the same one that a young Obama wrote in the yearbook of a petite black-haired beauty named Kelli Furushima — the object of his high school crush.

She wistfully showed a reporter the love note Obama wrote in June 1979. Furushima paused, then sighed, pointing out how the potential president was prone to drawing a little Afro atop the "B" and the "O" on his signature. "Isn't that sweet?" she asked. "You can see how he was much more sensitive than the other guys, even back then."

17. But Furushima, too, is learning to be on guard around the press. She said a woman from People came to visit with her and then walked away with the Punahou reunion list and all its phone numbers. "I don't want to accuse her of stealing it, but it was on the table when she arrived and it wasn't when she left," said Furushima.

A spokeswoman for People said the reporter, West Coast correspondent Maureen Harrington, did not take the list.

Meanwhile, the search continues for Obama's closest high school friends — the self-proclaimed "Basketball Jones," who raced around the island in Darin Maurer's two-toned beige VW van with the band Earth, Wind and Fire blaring from the cassette deck.

Some of that crew has stayed in Hawaii, but others have moved "off island." The race to track them down and coax them to open up likely will include reporters as well as "opposition research" experts for political rivals. "You need to find Greg Orme," instructed Obama's old basketball coach, Chris McLachin. "If this story is eight paragraphs, seven of them go to Greg. I get one, maybe."

For most of their high school years, Orme and Obama lived and loved basketball, even if their hours of practice never translated into much playing time on game day. But Orme is a hard man to find. "Greg? He's kind of in and out. He's off the grid," said Hale, who is now the school's head basketball coach.

Most of his teachers and friends express sorrow that they did not know of Obama's racial anguish or inner demons. "I wish I would have known that those things were bothering him, or if they did bother him," said Eric Kusunoki, Obama's homeroom teacher from grades nine through 12. "Maybe we could have helped him. But he seemed to have coped pretty well."

Others are more skeptical that the boy known as Barry felt the angst described by Barack. Furushima said that many of her classmates have expressed dismay at Obama's rendering of the past. "We are just such a mixed-up bag of races. It was hard to imagine that he felt that way, because he just seemed happy all the time, smiling all the time," she said. "We have so many tones of brown here. If someone is brown, they can be Samoan or Fijian or Tongan. I can't tell if someone is Fijian or black."

His middle school yearbook captures the multiracial mood that many Hawaiians say has always defined the "Aloha spirit." In front of a chalkboard with "Mixed Races of America" written in a student's hand, Obama waved the peace sign for the camera. On the lower half of the seventh-grade page is the same group, under a heading of "Useless Races in America." The joke, it seems, is on intolerance.

"In Hawaii, our diversity defines us; it doesn't divide us," said Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, a close friend of Obama's father in graduate school in the early '60s. "We all come from so many backgrounds, we have to get along."

Obama's teammates for the most part are careful not to judge an old friend, even if his memories of racial attitudes at Punahou differ from their own. "I would never say, ah, that didn't happen," said Hale. "But I was pretty wrapped up in my own world back then."

If Obama did show flashes of anger or hurt, according to friends and teammates, it sprang from his lack of minutes on the basketball court more than his angst as a young black man in a multiracial society.

There are, however, chapters in Obama's high school narrative that are not subject to dispute. Just as he was the only African-American on the basketball team, he was also the only jock working on the school's literary magazine, Ka Wai Ola. In his poem, "An Old Man," there are glimpses of a tortured adolescent as well as a budding orator.

"I saw an old forgotten man/On an old, forgotten road," begins the 12-line poem. The man is "staggering and numb" but eventually "pulls out forgotten dignity from under his flaking coat,/And walks a straight line along the crooked world."

That thoughtful poet is not remembered by any of his basketball buddies, coaches or friends. Through the haze of the '70s, they recall only the "rat baller" who was always up for a game.

Of course, Obama embraced the image of the athlete, dribbling a ball to school and between classes. It was also how he wanted to be remembered. On his senior yearbook page, he left behind these words: "We go play hoop."

79 posted on 03/29/2007 8:26:54 AM PDT by BohDaThone
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To: philled


good one!


80 posted on 03/29/2007 8:27:25 AM PDT by bannie
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