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 ——!!!