Barack Obama will visit Hawaii in December to honor his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who died on Nov 2 in Honolulu at 86 after a long illness. No plans for Dunham's funeral or memorial service have been announced.
Although it will be more than a month since her death before Obama returns to Hawaii, the Honolulu Advisor reported Thursday that it isn’t uncommon for funerals to be held “more than a week after the death of a Hawai'i resident because of the time it takes for loved ones to fly to the Islands.”
There have been no news reports as to burial arrangements for Madelyn Dunham.
According to the Voice of America News, US President-Elect Barack Obama's 84-year old step-grandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama, wants to travel to the United States to witness the inauguration of her grandson on January 20, 2009.
Although Sarah is Obama's step grandmother, the president-elect reportedly treats her like his natural grandmother.
Because Barack Obama’s step-grandmother, Sarah, has been so very adamant that Senator Barack Obama, was born in Kenya, and that she was present and witnessed his birth in Kenya, not the United States, his eligibility to run for President has been questioned.
Attorney Philip J. Berg filed a U.S. Supreme Court Writ of Certiorari and Application for Stay of the Presidential Election based on affidavits by Rev. Kweli Shuhubia and interviews by Bishop McRae with Sarah Hussein Obama.
According to Family Security Matters, U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter rejected an emergency appeal for the court to halt the tabulation of the 2008 presidential election results until Barack Obama can prove his eligibility to run for office because “ordinary” American citizen such as Berg lack standing to bring such a suit.
A 34-page memorandum that accompanied the court order from Judge R. Barclay Surrick stated that “ordinary citizens can't sue to ensure that a presidential candidate actually meets the constitutional requirements of the office.”
Congress would have to pass a new law granting citizens the power to police the Constitution's eligibility requirements for the Presidency.
According to World Net Daily, Berg said the defendants "are required to respond to the Writ of Certiorari" by Dec. 1.
The governor’s office in Hawaii has stated that it has a valid birth certificate but has rejected requests for access “and left ambiguous its origin.”
. .Does the certificate on file with the Department of Health indicate a Hawaii birth or was it generated after the Obama family registered a Kenyan birth in Hawaii. . . Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro, has named two different Hawaii hospitals where Obama could have been born. . .