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.
Sad to say but the death of Obama's grandmother could bring more than sympathy votes
Obama's grandmother just passed away. He's going to sweep the board!
A final offer of condolences comes from lrakoto, in Malagasy:
Or in other words, "condolences and farewell to 'Toot!'"