Democrat Barack Obama is cancelling nearly all his campaign events Thursday and Friday to fly to Hawaii to visit his suddenly ill 86-year-old grandmother.
Campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters Monday that Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, who helped raise him, was released from the hospital late last week. But he says her health has deteriorated to the point where her situation is very serious.
Gibbs said Obama would return to the campaign trail on Saturday, though he was unsure where.
Obama events originally planned for Madison, Wis., and Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday will be replaced with one in Indianapolis before he makes the long flight to Hawaii.
I hope she rallies. I want her to see her grandson take the Oath of Office.
If you want to drop her a get well postcard, you can do so through the campaign:
Mrs. Madelyn Dunham
In care of: Obama for America
1050 Ala Moana Blvd Ste D2690
Honolulu, HI 96814