Skip to comments.Obama granny’s day out with envoys and top politicians
Posted on 07/07/2008 7:57:53 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Her dimpled face radiated happiness as she slowly and gracefully strolled towards the garden at the US ambassadors residence in Nairobi, eliciting excitement among guests.
Senator Barack Obamas grandmother Sarah Obama, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the US ambassador, Mr Michael Ranneberger, during the 232nd US Independence Day celebrations at the ambassadors residence in Muthaiga, Nairobi. Photo/STEPHEN MUDIARI
Initially, many thought that it was a joke when it was announced that Mrs Sarah Onyango Obama, the step-grandmother of US Senator Barack Obama, the 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate would grace the event Americas Independence Day celebrations.
Americans normally celebrate the event on July 4 every year to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. The day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals and political speeches.
In Kenya, the celebrations were last Friday held at the US ambassador, Mr Michael Rannebergers residence. This was the 232nd Independence Day celebrations in the US history.
In Nairobi, many of the invited guests quietly dismissed the announcement that Mama Obama would attend as a prank, aimed at fooling them about the 86-year-old famous grandma.
However, it did not take long for the skeptics to be disapproved when Mrs Obama walked in as calm as ever with her trademark smile, eliciting excitement from many. She was accompanied by Mr Ranneberger.
The expressions on the faces of most of the high profile guests told it all. It was quite evident that many could hardly believe their encounter with the famous woman from Nyangoma Kogelo Village of Siaya District.
Indeed, the Nation overheard many saying that it was their first time meeting eye to eye with the US Presidential candidates grandmother, with most of them saying they had either read or watched her stories in the media.
Its quite a surprise. I couldnt in my wildest imagination think that Obamas grandmother would be here. I did not expect it at all. I have to at least say hi to her, one person was overheard saying.
I cannot imagine that she has travelled all the way from Nyanza Province to join us in the celebrations, said another.
She was clad in a dark green dress, with yellow flowers, complete with white and black patterns. She also wore a yellow headscarf to match.
And as she mingled freely with many dignitaries, who included Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Mama Obama, who was with her grand-daughter, Dr Auma Obama, engaged her new found friends in hearty conversations.
Many of the conversations did not last long owing to the large number of individuals, who never wanted to miss sharing a moment with her.
She engaged her admirers in Kiswahili in most instances, while throwing a few English words like How are you today? or Im very fine to the few who did not understand the language.
She clearly stole the show. Many could not resist either posing for a photo with her, or taking her pictures, with the hope that in the next few months, they would brag to others that they once were with the US Presidents grandmother!
Journalists too were not left out as they scrambled to get the best shot of the lady of the moment.
And moments before the speeches began, she was provided with a chair to sit on, probably because her old age could not allow her to stand for long.
The Nation learnt that Mama Sarah was recovering from a troublesome knee, on top of hypertension.
Savour with pride
During the speeches, Mr Odinga termed the nomination of Sen Obama as the Democratic Presidential candidate as a momentous occasion in history, which Kenyans can savour with pride.
For the first time ever in the Western world, a person of African heritage has been chosen by a major party to run for the highest office in the land, Mr Odinga said.
He went on: This is a huge lesson for us. If the American people were able to overcome centuries of slavery and then racial discrimination, surely Kenyans can also overcome a much briefer period of negative ethnicity that has poisoned relations among people.
This was the first time Mama Sarah was attending an official function and going by the look of things, she is definitely going places.
And as we left the venue, we were quite convinced that the future looks even more bright for the octogenarian.
Sarah Obama was the third wife of Obamas paternal grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama. She was just 16 years old when she married Obamas grandfather, an older man who was her fathers friend.
Despite living in a village in Kenya, Mama Sarah is well aware of Sen Obamas fame in the US, and has photographs of his successes on her walls.
She is closely following the political campaign.
Sen Obama has visited his Kenyan relatives three times in Kogelo, while step-grandmother has gone to the US twice. The two speak to each other through an interpreter.
“The two speak to each other through an interpreter.”
For some reason that conjured up an image from the movie “Airplane”
Oh oh, he's in trouble for saying racial discrimination is over in the U.S.
Oh, so this wasn’t the granny who is a “typical white person”? Got it.
I’m not sure she is even his granny. I think this is one of his step-mothers.
Hmm...Maybe she has a copy of Hussein's elusive birth certificate stashed away somewhere. Maybe his parents' marriage certificate too. Dig out your scrapbook, Mama; let's have a look.
Not step-mother but step-grandmother
Evidently a fake African grandma is more interesting than Obama’s real Kansan one.
Free Grandma Dunham!
Imagine a Pres. Obama state dinner at the WH!!!
You forgot the BARF ALERT.
“Oh, so this wasnt the granny who is a typical white person?”
No, that one’s still recuperating from being under the bus. THIS one’s from the Muslim side of the family.
Major barf on this article/photo-op.
That was the scariest post I have ever seen on FR.
Obama campaigned for his cousin Odinga, who was running on that pro-Muslim platform?
Obama has to be asked if he supports this platform for Kenya. It is the imposition of Shariah law and Muslim dominance over the entire Kenyan culture and populace.
Movin On Up to the Bigtime ,Gonna Get My Piece of the PIEEEEE !!!
Is it any wonder that Barry spent 20 years in Wright's church....?? How can anyone who claims to be a "Christian" possibly campaign for a platform like that....???
I think this proves that Barry's a closet Muslim.
What we're seein' here is the real Barry, not the version constructed by David Axelrod and his surrogates.
Any muslim who commits "Terrorism", and is hiding out in Kenya, is not to be extradited; even if they are not a Kenyan national, or not even related to a Kenyan national.
But individuals of any other religion can be extradited out of the country...? And Barry's down with this idea...??
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