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Kenyan elders want U.S. apology over Obama photo
Reuters Africa ^ | February 28, 2008 | Noor Ali

Posted on 02/28/2008 9:19:51 AM PST by keepitreal

ISIOLO, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan elders demanded an apology from Washington on Thursday ahead of a planned protest over a controversial photo of U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama in traditional Somali dress.

The picture, which appeared on a U.S. Web site, showed the Democratic frontrunner donning a white headdress and robes during a visit in 2006 to the remote north-eastern town of Wajir.

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The dispute has angered many in Kenya, especially ethnic Somalis from the northeast, who resent the implication that Obama did anything wrong during his visit.

Wajir residents plan to demonstrate after Friday prayers to show their support for the Illinois senator.

Mohamed Ibrahim, who attended one of two crisis meetings held in Wajir on Thursday by clan members who hosted Obama on his trip, said Washington must immediately make amends to them and especially to the elder pictured with him.

"The U.S. government must apologise to us as a clan and the old man," Ibrahim told Reuters by telephone. "We have been offended and we cannot afford to just watch and stay silent."

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If there was no apology, the elders said, they would demand the expulsion of U.S. troops based near Garissa town.

(Excerpt) Read more at africa.reuters.com ...


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Kenyans want to turn this into an international crisis?
1 posted on 02/28/2008 9:19:54 AM PST by keepitreal
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To: keepitreal
Whom would they have apologize? Why don’t they focus on their own civil strive and mass murder and leave this American dilettante to his duty of finishing off Hillary?
2 posted on 02/28/2008 9:22:39 AM PST by elhombrelibre (Obama: voted a more liberal record than Ted Kennedy.)
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To: keepitreal

So our gov’t has to apologize for a photo on a website that just happens to be in the U.S.?

lol

They have a lot to apologize for, then.


3 posted on 02/28/2008 9:22:40 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: keepitreal

Good, it’s about time Obama issued an apology anyway.....


4 posted on 02/28/2008 9:22:49 AM PST by Ben Mugged (Thanks Mom for not considering me a "choice".)
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To: keepitreal

Maybe they’ll go on strike at the Mpls airport.


5 posted on 02/28/2008 9:23:13 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: keepitreal

This is a hoot. The implication is that 1) it was the fault of George Bush and that 2) he can somehow control the Internet and the politicians in this country. Says a lot about Kenya.


6 posted on 02/28/2008 9:23:22 AM PST by Mercat (To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8)
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To: keepitreal
Oh...I see, they cannnot defeat our troops and they want to continue with their fundamental islamic dealings, probably providing safe haven for terrorists, and so they want to use this pitiful excuse to make our troops leave.

Sorry, that dog wont hunt.

Besides...what happened with that photo had nothing to do with ther US government in any case. Welcome to free, open, elections you bunch of thin skins.

7 posted on 02/28/2008 9:23:53 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Ahem......

;-)


8 posted on 02/28/2008 9:24:22 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily. Apply Sparingly.)
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To: keepitreal
Kenyans want to turn this into an international crisis?

But they're not even upset about the picture itself, but over an intangible reaction to it. Craziness. Fortunately, at least for now, people in America can feel and believe whatever they want.

9 posted on 02/28/2008 9:24:42 AM PST by FoxInSocks
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To: keepitreal
Let's apologize by inviting Obama to run for president of their country.

I don't have to prove I'm not racist by voting for Obama, I already proved it by voting for Lynn Swann.

10 posted on 02/28/2008 9:24:42 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: keepitreal

In a related situation, Bush’s English relatives demand that the American MSM stop showing the Presdient dancing in Africa. If no action was taken, then they threaten to release the secret recipe for Bush’s baked beans!


11 posted on 02/28/2008 9:25:34 AM PST by Keli Kilohana (Editor, ZARR CHASM CHRONICAL [sic], Sore, WV)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Cue up Sly and the Family...


12 posted on 02/28/2008 9:25:51 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: Jeff Head

“Welcome to free, open, elections you bunch of thin skins.”

Guess that’s where BO gets his from, eh?

Obama should speak out against Kenya on this (or will Kenya be calling the shots in an Obama presidency?)


13 posted on 02/28/2008 9:25:52 AM PST by keepitreal
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To: keepitreal

MEGoody to Kenyans: Oh, suck it up. What are you, a bunch of wusses?


14 posted on 02/28/2008 9:26:05 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: keepitreal

Or else...what?


15 posted on 02/28/2008 9:26:12 AM PST by sarasota
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To: keepitreal

Let them protest and have their fit.

Idiots. They somehow think they have a say in what the hell we do?


16 posted on 02/28/2008 9:27:14 AM PST by JRochelle (Bill is defending Hillary because she is being beaten by a black guy.)
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To: keepitreal

What did “US” have anything to do with this?

You see these kind of demands from Countries who are not free. Since in their Country everyone lives by the Grace of Govt. they assume all that happens in US has something to do with Govt. or some National Consensus.

This is a trivial issue.

However, this kind of thinking has larger implications. Our Political Leaders have failed to emphasize to the world that very little happens here that is under their control.


17 posted on 02/28/2008 9:27:39 AM PST by The_Republican (You know why Chelsea Clinton is so Ugly? Because Janet Reno is her Father! LOL! - Mac is Back!)
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To: keepitreal

another minority group cries victimization and wants ‘reparations’ from the U.S. YAWN.


18 posted on 02/28/2008 9:27:56 AM PST by steel_resolve (If you can't stand behind our troops, then please stand in front...)
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To: keepitreal

Ef ‘em if they can’t take the joke! Oh wait! They did take the joke! And dressed him up and probably fed him!


19 posted on 02/28/2008 9:28:17 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: The_Republican

They took the pciture-are they ashamed of it or what? I say Kiss my ——!!!


20 posted on 02/28/2008 9:28:25 AM PST by LYSandra
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To: MEGoody

I work with three people from Kenya. Nicest people in the world, but they all like Barak.

But none of them can vote for him! That has them bummed.


21 posted on 02/28/2008 9:28:38 AM PST by JRochelle (Bill is defending Hillary because she is being beaten by a black guy.)
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To: keepitreal

hey Kenya-”you better put some ice on that”


22 posted on 02/28/2008 9:29:05 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: Jeff Head

Ungrateful Muslims, is the Mrs. Obama now proud of her Kenya relatives...from 2006:
Seabee tactical vehicles left Garissa and traveled to numerous locations identified as having critical need for food, water and supplies. The Seabee team, accompanied by a Kenyan Red Cross representative was met by countless grateful Kenyan nationals who had been cut off from normal food supplies for nearly two months.
“We loaded rice and non-perishable food items onto our trucks from sunrise to sunset,” recalled Equipment Operator 2nd Class (SCW) Matthew Bobinchak of Sheridan, Wyo. “It was amazing to see the resources provided by the United States and other supporting countries. We were excited to be part of the recovery mission and knew that we could help.”


23 posted on 02/28/2008 9:30:43 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: keepitreal

My hand is raised in the air with one finger extended beyond the others.


24 posted on 02/28/2008 9:31:04 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Barack Hussein Obama - Barack Hussein Obama - Barack Hussein Obama. There, take that.)
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To: LYSandra

“They took the pciture-are they ashamed of it or what?”

There is the problem. Obama acted ashamed of it, using it to cause a campaign incident. If he had acted proud of his heritage, this would have been nothing. Obama should apologize to his relatives.


25 posted on 02/28/2008 9:31:29 AM PST by keepitreal
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To: keepitreal

So, Hillary go ahead and apologize.


26 posted on 02/28/2008 9:32:55 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: Slapshot68
Just another Obama inspired nonsense. What US Govt has to do with it?

I would not mind if after showing Obama speaking TV would apologize for brainwashing, but why showing Obama in Somali dress requires making apologies to Somalis? Would showing Obama in Western dress would require apologizing to Westerners?

Never mind, now we have to apologize even when calling Obama by his name...

27 posted on 02/28/2008 9:33:32 AM PST by alecqss
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To: keepitreal

Our apology will be:

“No more foreign aid for you”.....


28 posted on 02/28/2008 9:33:37 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: LYSandra

Yeah! Next Everyone with name “Hussein” would demand apology from US.

One poster put it best - Another Day, Another Apology (or demand for it) for something True said about Obama.


29 posted on 02/28/2008 9:34:47 AM PST by The_Republican (You know why Chelsea Clinton is so Ugly? Because Janet Reno is her Father! LOL! - Mac is Back!)
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To: Ben Mugged

They are possessed with the indignation and certainty that only the truly ignorant own. Just like his supporters here.


30 posted on 02/28/2008 9:34:48 AM PST by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: keepitreal
Kenyan elders demanded an apology...(for) a controversial photo of...Barack Obama in traditional Somali dress.

I'm sure John McCain will be happy to oblige.

31 posted on 02/28/2008 9:34:50 AM PST by giotto
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To: keepitreal
Now, the translation for EIB brothers and sisters in the hood.

"Yo, oh! What's up with you acting dissed when they only rolled out a shot of you with your African garb. Yo! You were in the mother land with the peeps. That was lame, yo! These are your peeps. You were stylin'. Instead of acting dissed, you shoulda rolled out large and told Clinton and everybody else what was up. This is what the big dogs do, yo, not like Bill faking it, putting on some kente cloth when he goes to Africa, then forgetting all about the home boys when he comes back home. Like that. You shoulda also told Hillary: 'Yo, baby, maybe if you dress up in some costumes and get out of that bumblebee outfit, you might keep your man at home for a change.' Okay? You feel me? Don't fall for Clinton 'trickinology,' bro."

That concludes this statement.

32 posted on 02/28/2008 9:35:43 AM PST by radar101
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...

Oh, THIS is rich...


33 posted on 02/28/2008 9:36:15 AM PST by nutmeg (Obama supporters: Drink the Kool-Aid? Yes we can!)
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To: keepitreal

Apologies? Get in line.


34 posted on 02/28/2008 9:36:37 AM PST by BunnySlippers (Buy a Mac ...)
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To: The_Republican
obama SOOOO PROUD>>>>!
35 posted on 02/28/2008 9:37:21 AM PST by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: keepitreal
"We have been offended and we cannot afford to just watch and stay silent."

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36 posted on 02/28/2008 9:37:24 AM PST by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what Iíve done here today doesnít force you to have a negative opinion of meÖ.)
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To: keepitreal

I think you morons need to listen to McCain and even Rove and drop this anti-Muslim bullshit. It’s not doing this party any good to be associated with bigots. And I guarantee you that Obama, when he wins the nomination, will go visit foreign leaders like Bobby Kennedy wanted to do and rally up the anti Iraq war sentiments there and in this country. So we win this on issues, the war and the economy.

Bring race or religion into the argument, like Clinton tried to do, and the Republican Party is not only defeated in November but the longterm implications are pretty dire.


37 posted on 02/28/2008 9:37:57 AM PST by hudsonLK
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To: keepitreal
If they wanted to have the visitor participate in local culture, I think it would have been a better picture if Obama had climbed into a big black pot, put a big ole smile on his face, and let the old man pretend to be cooking him. The old guy could have had a bone in his nose and everything, and there could be a caption like, "What's in your wallet?"

As it is, all we have is a photo of Obama wearing what he will probably lounge around in every day in the White House.

38 posted on 02/28/2008 9:38:04 AM PST by San Jacinto
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To: keepitreal
The dispute has angered many in Kenya, especially ethnic Somalis from the northeast

You mean especially the Kenyan Muslims. Angry Muslims -- who'd have imagined it?

39 posted on 02/28/2008 9:38:51 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: keepitreal

Oh alright...I’ll apologize for laughing at your national dress. I shouldn’t have done it and I’m sorry. I just couldn’t help myself.


40 posted on 02/28/2008 9:39:38 AM PST by doggieboy
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To: keepitreal

this demand for an “apology” is really a jesse jackson and al sharpton-style shakedown for some cash.


41 posted on 02/28/2008 9:40:29 AM PST by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: keepitreal
If they are embarrassed by their clothing why don't they wear something different.
42 posted on 02/28/2008 9:43:04 AM PST by CarryingOn (Spread the message every day, like your life depended on it.)
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To: kingattax
Barack Hussein Obama ALLAH FREAKIN AKBAR!
43 posted on 02/28/2008 9:43:38 AM PST by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: hudsonLK

Wow. And I get the honor of your first post! We usually don’t refer to each other as morons on this board.

This isn’t about racism. This is about stupid victim mentality and an international incident made out of nothing.


44 posted on 02/28/2008 9:44:00 AM PST by keepitreal
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To: keepitreal

John McCain will be glad to handle this apology !!!


45 posted on 02/28/2008 9:45:42 AM PST by bestrongbpositive
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To: keepitreal

Nuts!


46 posted on 02/28/2008 9:45:49 AM PST by gundog (John McCain is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.)
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To: San Jacinto
Barack
48 posted on 02/28/2008 9:48:02 AM PST by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: keepitreal

appology from WHO?

If anything it demonstrates the totalitarian nature of their governance if they think there is a single “appointed” appologist who controls all.


49 posted on 02/28/2008 9:48:18 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory
a single “appointed” appologist

I think you're onto something. I think we should have a cabinet level position of Secretary of the Apology. He/she could apologize to all groups and individuals who have been or perceive themselves to have been slighted. He/she will be given an enormous budget to pay reparations to those who have learned to claim victim the loudest. It certainly would be efficient.

50 posted on 02/28/2008 9:52:28 AM PST by keepitreal
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