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Obama Pays Tribute To His Late Grandmother

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President-Elect Barack Obama paid his last respects to his grandmother, the woman he called Toot, in a private ceremony in Hawaii yesterday.

Obama and his family had a small service before spreading his grandmother's ashes along the Hawaiian shoreline, at the same location the President-Elect scattered his mother's ashes over a decade ago.

Madelyn Dunham, the woman Obama called "the rock" of his family, died just days before her grandson was elected the first African-American President of the United States. The President-Elect took time off the campaign trail just days before the election to visit the bedside of his dying grandmother to say good-bye. After a long battle with cancer, Madelyn Dunham died at the age of 86-years-old. While she was not able to see her grandson elected president, she was able to vote for him.

President-Elect Obama is spending Christmas in Hawaii with his family and will continue preparations for his transition and inauguration on January 20th.

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