‘A big blow to our nation’: Obama’s step-grandmother dies in Kenya at age 99

The woman who helped raise former President Barack Obama’s father has died at the age of 99.

According to reports, Obama’s step-grandmother Sarah Onyango Obama died on Monday in Kenya.

“A strong, virtuous woman”

Considered the “matriarch” of the 44th president’s extended family, she was either the second or third wife of his grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama. Reports indicate she died at a hospital in Kenya’s third-largest city, Kisumu.

Sarah Obama was born in a rural area of the country and never received a formal education. She rose to international prominence after her grandson’s political rise to the White House in the 2008 presidential election.

Subsequently, she became known for her advocacy of programs to provide education to orphaned children. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta praised her activism in a statement mourning her death.

“The passing away of Mama Sarah is a big blow to our nation,” he said. “We’ve lost a strong, virtuous woman. A matriarch who held together the Obama family and was an icon of family values.”

For his part, the former U.S. president shared a message memorializing his grandmother — including a photo of the two when he visited her in Kenya.

“Thanks to her love and encouragement”

Affirming that he would miss her “dearly,” Barack Obama wrote: “Although not his birth mother, Granny would raise my father as her own, and it was in part thanks to her love and encouragement that he was able to defy the odds and do well enough in school to get a scholarship to attend an American university.”

Some members of his extended family in Kenya have claimed that he disassociated himself from them after his rise to political prominence and power. During his second term in office, his half-brother claimed he had not spoken to his grandmother in “years” despite her assertion in 2014 that the then-president was “central” to her life.

In his statement, Barack Obama described the deceased nonagenarian as “strong, proud, hard-working, unimpressed with conventional marks of status and full of common sense and good humor,” affirming that she remained the same during her nearly century-long life.

“She would live to fly on jets, receive visitors from around the world, and see one of her grandsons get elected to the United States presidency,” he wrote.

Nevertheless, he noted that a few things never changed, namely “her essential spirit.” Whatever one might think of her grandson’s politics, she certainly led a remarkable life.

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  1. The fact that a 99 year old woman from Kenya is a “big blow to our nation” is such FAKE NEWS. Who makes up these crazy headlines????

    1. What did she do for this country? Why does her death shocks Americans? We have enough shocking news everyday under this fake president and her death is far from shocking because she was 99 years old when she checked out.

    2. I was so sad that it wasn’t obama and Michael instead. What a sad sad day. If only those two would….., maybe, just maybe America may still have a chance…. to survive.

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  3. Isn’t calling a 99 year old grandmother, who most of us didn’t know existed, a blow to our nation a bit of a stretch? Cut down on your provocative headlines!

  4. If Obama got in the hole and the dirt was throw in on him that would be news otherwise it means nothing to me Obama is treasonous should be hung period

  5. “A Big Blow To Our Nation” REALLY!!! Obama hates our country and the Christian values our Country was built upon. Nothing that family does will ever be a blow to our nation!! I place my hand over my heart for our pledge of alliance and I love our flag. He took his oath of office on a Quran and not the bible. He also created racism hate putting all races against each other. I hope everyone in that family rots in hell

  6. Nobody cares what happens to Obama, It would have been a fantastic blow if Obama was the one that die.It will be a happy occasion.

  7. There is a film Dreams From My Real Father that says who Obama claims is his father is not. It claims Obama’s real father is Frank Marshall Davis an avowed communist. I am skeptical of these kind of exposes, but there is some compelling evidence given. For one point, Obama looks a lot like Frank Marshall Davis. He does look at all like the man who is supposed to be his father. I heard that Obama’s half brother claims he is not part of the family.
    Take a look at it and make up your own mind.

  8. With no disrespect to Obama’s step-grandmother, Obama is a total phony! He was born in Kenya, I know that for a fact, but the swamp let him run for president anyway, and defended him. He was born and raised in the Muslim faith, and he still is a Muslim, and the reason that is relevant is because he told America that he was a Christian, which he is not! This country bought Obama’s BS, and voted him president twice, even though he should not have even been eligible to be president!

  9. What is with this website! Why in the hell would a family like this? Be shocked by a99 yr old dying?? May she RIP. Obama has made it very clear that the elderly have no worth in his NWO. I think he would cut us off or kill us before 75. I will unsubscribe from this site once again! Who needs mire of this drama crap?? Why even tell us anything about this horrible gross family!

  10. Agree with all posts! This was NOT a blow to our nation! No one even knew she existed! Too bad her grandson didn’t aquire any of her “ virtues”!

  11. Who cares. Just more of Obama. Keep him in the news. Take some more pictures of him and put out for all to see. Bunch of BS. He is too visible not to be doing something illegal like running the USA behind the Biden/ Harris name.

  12. May she R.I.P. to bad it wasn’t Barry or Michael and believe me those two are worthless POS stole from the hard working American Tax payers.

  13. I was so sad that it wasn’t obama and Michael instead. What a sad sad day. If only those two would….., maybe, just maybe America may still have a chance…. to survive.

  14. What big blow to our nation really they put up some of the stupidest headlines for shock value to get you to read their dumb article. I can’t take anymore of Pelosi just did this she is done or whoever their talking about. She is not done if she was we would be parting in the streets! I guess with Trump out of the white house for awhile they have to make up crap to keep us reading!!

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