Obama's GrandmotherJoe Klein says it very well. I am sorry she missed what is likely to be the great satisfaction of tonight (or would be for her, not me).
But think, for a moment, if you will of Madelyn Dunham, a white woman from Kansas, strolling the aisle of a supermarket, or having lunch in a coffee shop, with her grandson--way back at the turn of the 1970s, when such sights were uncommon, even in Hawaii. Think about what her friends might have thought, or said, about her...situation. Think about what she poured into the child during the years when her daughter was in Indonesia and she was the closest thing to a mother that Obama had; think about the impact that she and her husband had on creating the man we've come to know, and the satisfaction she must have felt in her dying days.
UPDATE: Obama matches Joe Klein
(I do not know why this is not working but I recommend going to cnn.com, looking for videos, and playing `Tears for Obama`s Grandmother`. Hmmm - new news - works fine in Internet Explorer 7.)