Skip to comments.Kenyan elders want U.S. apology over Obama photo
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.
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."
If there was no apology, the elders said, they would demand the expulsion of U.S. troops based near Garissa town.
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So our gov’t has to apologize for a photo on a website that just happens to be in the U.S.?
They have a lot to apologize for, then.
Good, it’s about time Obama issued an apology anyway.....
Maybe they’ll go on strike at the Mpls airport.
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.
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.
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.
I don't have to prove I'm not racist by voting for Obama, I already proved it by voting for Lynn Swann.
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!
Cue up Sly and the Family...
“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?)
MEGoody to Kenyans: Oh, suck it up. What are you, a bunch of wusses?
Let them protest and have their fit.
Idiots. They somehow think they have a say in what the hell we do?
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.
another minority group cries victimization and wants ‘reparations’ from the U.S. YAWN.
Ef ‘em if they can’t take the joke! Oh wait! They did take the joke! And dressed him up and probably fed him!
They took the pciture-are they ashamed of it or what? I say Kiss my ——!!!
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.
hey Kenya-”you better put some ice on that”
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.
My hand is raised in the air with one finger extended beyond the others.
“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.
So, Hillary go ahead and apologize.
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...
Our apology will be:
“No more foreign aid for you”.....
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.
They are possessed with the indignation and certainty that only the truly ignorant own. Just like his supporters here.
I'm sure John McCain will be happy to oblige.
"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.
Oh, THIS is rich...
Apologies? Get in line.
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.
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.
You mean especially the Kenyan Muslims. Angry Muslims -- who'd have imagined it?
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.
this demand for an “apology” is really a jesse jackson and al sharpton-style shakedown for some cash.
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.
John McCain will be glad to handle this apology !!!
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.
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.