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    This is not meant as anything profound, but I just feel very sad for Obama in being an orphan at a pretty young age ( 34y old ). His father died in the early '80s a broken man when Jr. was just 21y ( albeit little contact ) & I read the terrible story of his mother dying in '95 aged 52y of the terrible curse of Breast cancer ( took our beloved Louse Tricard recently ), when he said she spent her final months

    "more worried about paying her medical bills than getting well."
    ( A terrible indictment of the American Health Care System - I knock our British "socialist" healthcare system, but it would never have happened here - if Prince or Pauper turns up at my consulting room, I can send either to best hospitals in London, free of charge & everything always paid for by govt. )

    Win or lose, it's terrible for him not have had this quite extraordinary woman not have at least seen him at this time.

    Also, I dearly hope his grandma survives for another 2 weeks, as it would be absolutely terrible if he had no maternal ancestors at all to see his possible triumph ( I'm quite biased - what do you expect ( ? ) I'm from Kenya )

    Interesting links to his ancestors :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Dunham

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madelyn_and_Stanley_Dunham

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama_Sr.

    ( My father ( who was a policeman in Kenya until '69 ) told me an interesting story about the politics of Kenya in late '60s which does shed some light on Obama senior's catastrophic later life, but that's another post )
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