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Obama in Hawaii to see ailing grandmother "not sure whether she makes it to Election Day."


Transcript courtesy Federal News Service...

7:02 A.M. EDT, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2008

MS. ROBERTS: We begin with Senator Barack Obama leaving the campaign trail to be with his ailing grandmother.

As we said, he arrived in Hawaii overnight, but before he left, Senator Obama sat down with me after his rally in Indianapolis.

(To Senator Obama.)

For you to leave the campaign trail, we know how serious the situation must be with your grandmother. But is there anything in particular that has happened recently -- that has caused you great concern?

SEN. OBAMA: Yeah. I mean, without going through the details too much -- she's gravely ill. We weren't sure, and I'm still not sure whether she makes it to Election Day. And so -- now, we're all praying and we hope she does.

But I -- one of the things I wanted to make sure of is that I had a chance to sit down with her and talk to her. She's still alert and she's still got all her faculties, and I want to make sure that -- that I don't miss that opportunity right now.

MS. ROBERTS: For you to say she may not make it to Election Day, what would that mean if she's not still here with you?

SEN. OBAMA: She's really been one of the cornerstones of my life. And she's a remarkable woman, and --

The nice thing is that ever since people found out that I was leaving the campaign trail for a day, she's been inundated with, you know, phone calls and e-mails and flowers from total strangers. And so maybe she is getting a sense of long-deserved recognition at -- towards the end of her life.

SEN. OBAMA: (From videotape.) How's it going, Indiana? (Cheers.)

MS. ROBERTS: If he is worried about taking time off from the campaign trail, he showed no signs of it, even as the McCain-Palin ticket continue their attack on his quote to the now-infamous Joe the Plumber.

SEN. OBAMA: (From videotape.) I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ): (From videotape.) Now, redistribution of wealth is the last thing America needs right now.

MS. ROBERTS: Any regrets that you --


MS. ROBERTS: No, not that you met Joe the Plumber, but the fact that you said spread the wealth.

SEN. OBAMA: Not at all. Look, if John McCain's best argument is that he wants to continue the same Bush tax cuts for the very wealthiest Americans that in 2000 he himself opposed, and in the meantime fails to give tax cuts to 100 million people in America that I would give tax cuts to, John McCain's going to have some problems.

Because the American people understand that the way we grow this economy is from the bottom up. And for us to want to continue to give tax breaks to big corporations and the wealthiest instead of the middle class that is desperately in need of some help right now would not only be bad for the families, it would be bad for the economy as a whole. It will prevent the economy from recovering.

MS. ROBERTS: John McCain is now saying that you're -- you changed a little bit where your tax plan is concerned.

SEN. MCCAIN: (From videotape.) Thirteen days ago in this election he changed his tax plan because the American people had learned the truth --

MS. ROBERTS: And that you've added a work requirement because of the criticism you faced of a big -- a welfare program.

SEN. OBAMA: I mean, this is an example of John McCain running against somebody else's plan, not mine. We've been entirely consistent throughout.

What he was arguing was, well, some of these people don't pay income tax. That's absolutely true. They pay payroll tax. They pay sales tax. They pay property taxes.

And so we're going to offset some of those other tax burdens. That's the long-term recipe for economic growth, and we saw it under Bill Clinton. We're going back to the tax rates for the wealthy that existed when Bill Clinton was president.

The rich were doing fine back in the '90s, and the economy as a whole grew. Twenty-two million new jobs were created.

So, you know, John McCain is talking about a failed economic theory. He's -- he's completely adopted George Bush's economic policies. We've had an eight-year experiment in this. It hasn't worked. It's failed.

MS. ROBERTS: And you know Senator McCain has objected to much that you have been saying and, in fact, today he said you will say anything to get elected.

SEN. MCCAIN: (From videotape.) He'll say anything to get elected. (Cheers.)

SEN. OBAMA: Well, let's see. I mean, you know -- look, I don't want to get in a tit-for-tat with Senator McCain. I think it's fair to say that if you look at the quality of our campaign and theirs, who's been more consistent, who has been more civil, who's talked about the issues as opposed to trying to attack people's character, I think we get a pretty good grade.

MS. ROBERTS: Let's flash back for a moment to 2004 at the DNC. And you're about to make this important speech, and your wife says, don't screw it up, Buddy.

SEN. OBAMA: (Laughs.)

MS. ROBERTS: You're leading in the polls, many of the polls, and have a substantial lead. Is that the same mantra --

SEN. OBAMA: You know, our attitude is that the national polls don't mean anything. State-by-state, that's what we're paying attention to, because this is essentially going to be 51 separate elections.

One thing I'm very confident about is I think we've got the best volunteer organization, maybe in the history of presidential politics.

SEN. OBAMA: (From videotape.) We've got to work tirelessly. We can't let up at all.

SEN. OBAMA: That's what I think ultimately will give me confidence. If -- if it's tied going into Election Day, I'll put my money on those volunteers who have just put their heart and soul into this campaign.

MS. ROBERTS: But on this day, his heart is in Hawaii with a grandmother that did so much to bring him so far.

(To Senator Obama.)

When this airs, you'll be with her. What's the first thing you want to do when you see her?

SEN. OBAMA: Oh, you know. I want to give her a kiss and a hug, and then we're going to find out what chores I can do around the house, because I'm sure there's been some stuff that's been left undone.

MS. ROBERTS: Obama will be with his grandmother today in Hawaii and then return to the campaign trail next week.



As the nation prays for Mrs. Dunham- one has to wonder--- if his grandmother is this ill, how come Michelle and the great-grandchildren aren't there to bid farewell?
Also- Obama announce he "rushing" off to Hawaii several days ago.
Then he danced on Ellen via satellite and did several of these interviews and made a few campaign stops before "jetting off."

I got a call that my precious brother had been in an accident and was in grave condition.
I- and my entire family- found ways to get on airplanes IMMEDIATELY- and jetted out from the east to to the west to get there before he died.
Tough to do quickly- when you don't have a private jet at your disposal.



Reading this article on line was like sitting in on a conversation. One word - Integrity.
Thank you for letting me in on this. I'll be voting for Mr. Obama on the 4th!
Barrackin in the USA.

We all have sympathy for Grandma Dunham and wish her speedy recovering.

But while Barrack is in Hawai'i he needs to also deal with the critical unfinished business about his past. I don't blame him for his past, or his parents, or even his early citizenship issues, US, Kenyan, and Indonesian, but now as adult and running for President he needs to take leadership in this critical matter. This is who I am, and proof is here in Hawai'i now.
He needs to allow the HI Dept of Health to release his Original Birth Certificate to prove he is US Citizen. This has been asked for by 4 state requested of courts, and many thousands online.
Now , Friday, Oct 24th while he is in Honolulu to open up the truth of his birth, who, when, where, how. The rumors must stop, and the facts given to the US Public once and for all. Can anyone not want this, regardless of politics, it is a Constitutional rule that a US Natural born citizen can only serve as US President, fact.

Dear Senator Obama:

My prayers are with your Grandmother, your family and you. I sincerely hope that she lives to see you become President of the USA as I am sure you will be. I am sure she will know of your success where ever she is though. I will pray for all of you. Sincerely, Janet & Ray Seiber

Chores for his grandma~you gotta love a man running for president who does not forget where he comes from. I continued to be impressed by this man's intelligence, humbleness, and depth.

I think its despicable to question a man's family crisis in this way. Him taking 2 days off from the campaign in the last 2 weeks is unprecedented and that should speak for the urgency of his decision to leave.

He "rushed off" is better than "suspending his campaign" like Mccain! That was a media plot and what a joke!

2 Things:

You bring up his citizenship: Its been validated and proven. You think the GOP would'nt check this "little" detail? You think u're so smart that you bring up his citizenship?
FYI: Mccain wasn't born in the USA. He was born to US Military parents overseas but not in the United States. If this were Obama, you folks would have raised hell.

3) For those concerned with his citizenship, Sarah's husband was a member of AIP - Alaska Independence Party seeking cessation from the main land. Only reason you dont war abt it is because Obama is running a honorable campaign not a skanky one like Mccain.

4) For those concerned with Obama and his "mysterious" background, what about Mccain being a POW in his captors hand for four years? Does Manchurian Candidate mean anything to you? Who knows what the hell they did to him then and the torture has on him. Again, if this was Obama in the hands of the enemy,this would have been a gift to the GOP and hate mongers out there.

I hurt and am praying for your grandmother, you and your family.

I am even more sorry that there is still so much hate and divide. I hope you don't let this ignorance get to you.

Remember, as I know you do, There is a GOD and I know he sees and he cares. Senator Obama, you are in my prayers.

This is a bunch of garbage. This man is not going to Hawaii to see his grandmother, if he was, why isn't the rest of his family with him. Dont you think if she was oh so sick he would want his children to see there greatgrandmother before she dies. NO she is not going to visit her. he is going to distroy evidence of him not being a US citizen. He is going to falsify a Birth Certificate. A CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH IS NOT A BIRTH CERTIFICATE, try to get a passport you will quickly know the difference. WHAT ARE YOU HIDDING MR OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHOW YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!!!!!!! STOP LYING TO AMERICANS!!!! I WANT ANSWERS!!!!!

Dear Senator Obama:

My prayers are with your Grandmother, your family and you. I sincerely hope that she lives to see you become President of the USA as I am sure you will be. I am sure she will know of your success where ever she is though. I will pray for all of you. Sincerely

Dear Senator Obama,

I admire your loving care and concern for your Grandmother, and I pray that she lives to see you be elected President of the United States. She will be so proud! She did an outstanding job in helping to raise you.

God Bless you both.

Why are some of you so judgmental? My mom just died recently and the decision was made that some young children not see her in her dying condition. Paranoia will destroy ya. Just pray for the man and his family and leave it alone.

Who was it that said "It is a fool who never changes his mind".

Obama is a fraud and that will eventually be proved and accepted by thinking people.

The Che Guevara types who love Obama will never change their minds.

i love you obama!!

Who is paying for the Jet....estimated to cost $500,000 for the trip.

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