West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP) Barack Obama is canceling nearly all his campaign events Thursday and Friday to visit his gravely ill grandmother in Hawaii.
Spokesman Robert Gibbs says Madelyn Dunham “has always been one of the most important people” in Obama's life. She turns 86 Sunday.
Obama says Dunham taught him values “straight from the Kansas heartland.”
Obama recognized his grandmother when he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination. In that speech, he said she taught him about hard work and that she was the one “who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself” so he could have a better life.
On Friday, Michelle Obama will sub for her husband at campaign rallies in Ohio.