Barack Obama's grandmother dies
It is incumbent upon believers to weep with those who weep. And one cannot help but have compassion for Senator Obama at his loss. But the timing at the death of his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, is remarkably fortuitous. It is undoubtedly cynical to refer to an electoral advantage from his grief, but there will be one. He said of his grandmother: "She was one of those quiet heroes that we have all across America, they're not famous, their names aren't in the newspaper, but each and every day they work hard, they look after their families, they sacrifice for their children and their grandchildren."
The Senator's speech is a persuasive and emotionally honest. It is inspirational and moving. He speaks of his joy and tears at her passing, and fuses this effortlessly with his hopes and fears for the future of America. This speech will cause people to vote for him who had perhaps not intended to vote at all. A president who cries - he is not only black with white, Christian with Muslim, charismatic, eloquent and handsome, but he is a man in touch with his 'feminine side'.