The New Republic‘s Stump blog gives a backgrounder on Barack Obama‘s sick grandmother, who is in the news because he’s taking two days off the campaign to visit her in Hawaii. It quotes an interview Obama gave in which he said that not getting to his mother’s bedside before she died was the biggest mistake of his life.

“Obviously Obama would trade that coverage for her good health in a nanosecond. But the fact remains that this is a free-media blast about a side of Barack’s family that probably reassures white voters who may be skeptical of a black president, or outright misinformed about Obama’s background.”

Read more here.

Peter Fray

Save 50% on a year of Crikey and The Atlantic.

The US election is in a little over a month. It seems that there’s a ridiculous twist in the story, almost every day.

Luckily for new Crikey subscribers, we’ve teamed up with one of America’s best publications, The Atlantic for the election race. Subscribe now to make sense of it all, and you’ll get a year of Crikey (usually $199) and a year’s digital subscription to The Atlantic (usually $70AUD), BOTH for just $129.

Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey

JOIN NOW