The tragic news has just come in that Barack Obama's family matriarch, Sarah Obama, has passed away.
Here's the full story...
Now, as you will all know, Obama was one of our country's most beloved presidents.
via: GettyThe forty-fourth president of the United States, Obama smashed barriers by becoming the first-ever African-American leader.
He served 2 terms as president...
via: GettyThe Illinois Democrat had started his career in politics as a senate who focused on the legislation on ethics, as well as the expansion of health care services and early childhood education programs for the poor.
And he carried these values throughout his presidency...
via: GettyObama cut taxes for working families, small businesses, and first-time home buyers, and he stuck to his promise of tackling financial reform, alternative energy, and reinventing education and health care.
Obama became the president of the people...And gained a strong and loyal fan base as a result of his progressive views on social issues, such as same-sex marriage and gun control.
So, quite understandably...
via: GettyObama fans far and wide were devastated when he was eventually replaced with our current POTUS, Donald Trump, in 2017.
But, despite his presidency ending nearly 4 years ago...
via: GettyObama has remained very much in the public eye and has continued to travel the world and deliver speeches on the causes that are most important to him.
He was very present throughout the 2020 election campaigns...
via: GettyWhere he attended many public events to endorse his former running-mate and long-term friend, Joe Biden.
And, in more recent news...
via: GettyObama released yet another book.
A Promised Land hit shelves on Tuesday, November 18th.
via: GettyThe book, which is the first in a series of political memoirs, charts Obama's path to the White House up to 2011, and documents the lead up to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
In it, the fifty-nine-year-old also reflects on his legacy...
via: GettyAs well as the space between his presidential ambitions and the political reality of a Republican-controlled House and Senate that hampered him.
But, putting his presidency and overwhelming book success to one side...
via: GettyLike the rest of us, Barack has been required to self isolate for periods during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
And who has he been quarantining with?
via: GettyThe rest of the Obama family, of course!
And he opened up about the Obama quarantine situation.
via: GettyAppearing on the Bill Simmons Podcast, Barack detailed what it was like to isolate with his daughters, Malia, twenty-two, and Sasha, nineteen.
He initially described it as a "blessing."
“It’s a blessing because all the teenage stuff is kind of gone now, and they’re just back, and they love you again and they want to spend time with you," he explained.
He said that, in the first month of lockdown, they were "like a lot of families"...
via: Getty"...We went through that first month where we were playing games every night and doing a little arts and crafts projects and then slowly, they started to get a little bored with us."
But he then shared that they had a guest staying with them during lockdown...
via: GettyMalia's boyfriend, Rory Farquharson.
Farquharson, who's from the U.K, found himself stuck in the U.S after getting a working visa...
via: GettySo the Obamas took him in.
"He’s British - wonderful young man. And he was sort of stuck because there was a whole visa thing and he had a job set up, so we took him in," Barack noted.
It's clear that family is hugely important to the former POTUS...
Which is what makes today's news all the more devastating.
Sarah Obama, the matriarch of Barack Obama's Kenyan family, has died at the age of ninety-nine.
Relatives and officials confirmed her death today, as per USA Today.
Mama Sarah, as the step-grandmother of the former president, promoted education for girls and orphans in her rural Kogelo village...
She died around 4 a.m local time while being treated at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital in Kisumu, Kenya's third-largest city in the country's west, according to her daughter Marsat Onyango.
"She died this morning. We are devastated."
"Mama was sick with normal diseases she did not die of COVID-19," a family spokesman Sheik Musa Ismail said, adding that she had tested negative for the disease.
He said she had been ill for a week before being taken to the hospital.
Barack had been informed of the death and has sent his condolences, Sheik Musa Ismail said.
She will be buried Tuesday before midday and the funeral will be held under Islamic rites.
Rest in Peace, Sarah Obama.