Sen. Barack Obama went home to his native Hawaii this weekend to visit his ailing grandmother. News reports said he wanted to see her because he was unable to rush home to see his mother when she was dying. The candidate did not want to miss the chance to see his grandmother in spite of the hectic campaign.
Obama's grandmother raised him while his mother was busy working oversees. Obama was there for her on Friday and returned to the trail on Saturday. Here are some pictures of the recent trip, his reception in Hawaii and of Obama and his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, pictured above with her husband, Stanley.
Going for a walk around the old neighborhood with the Secret Service.
Howard and Doredda Richmond wait with flowers for Obama.
And Janet Coelho holds the board for a board game 'Farolitos Journey' as a gift for Obama.
And returning back to the 48 Saturday morning to head off to a rally in Nevada. Obama told reporters he isn't sure if his grandmother will live to see the election.
Pictures in Hawaii from The Associated Press; family photos from the Obama campaign.