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12/05/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Global Twitterati React to Passing of Obama's Grandmother

In a sad turn of events, presidential hopeful Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, passed away from cancer less than 24 hours before her grandson could be elected president. Obama visited his grandmother, whose nickname was "Toot," last week, taking a break from his schedule of heavy campaigning.

Before the blogosphere had a chance to react, the Twittersphere jumped on the story, sharing news articles and offering condolences to Barack and the rest of his family. Many Twitterati were at first shocked.

doshdosh was among those taken by surprise:

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Upon hearing the news, Canadian resident _romi was disappointed for Obama:

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Malagasy lrakoto was also sad for Obama:

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_romi responded:

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Kenyan afromusing offers her condolences as well:

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Few Twitterati have expressed anything but sympathy, however, Canadian michelleblanc suspects this may have an effect on voters:

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Translation:

Sad to say but the death of Obama's grandmother could bring more than sympathy votes

Spanish iescolar also suspects an Obama sweep:


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Translation:

Obama's grandmother just passed away. He's going to sweep the board!

A final offer of condolences comes from lrakoto, in Malagasy:

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Or in other words, "condolences and farewell to 'Toot!'"