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US President-Elect Obama’s Grandmother Wants to Attend Inauguration[Kenyan Grandma]
VOA ^ | 07 Nov 2008 | Peter Clottey

Posted on 11/07/2008 12:11:27 PM PST by BGHater

US President-Elect Barack Obama's grandmother says she wants to travel to the United States to witness the inauguration of her grandson on January 20, 2009. The 84-year-old Sarah says she will bring with her Obama's favorite food, chapatti, a traditional Kenyan pastry. Although Sarah is Obama's step grandmother, the president-elect reportedly treats her like his natural grandmother. Meanwhile Kenyans are still celebrating after the unity government declared yesterday (Thursday) a national holiday in celebration of President-Elect Obama's victory in the US general election. The neighbors of Grandmother Sarah reportedly offered 10 bulls for a feast to celebrate Obama's victory.

Kabiru Kinyanjui is a Kenyan political science professor. He tells reporter Peter Clottey from the capital, Nairobi that the youth are also in support of Grandmother Sarah attending President-elect Obama's inauguration.

"This is what has been reported and a lot of people are supportive of her coming to be there to witness her grandson there being inaugurated as the first black president of the United States. Many Kenyans support this and would like to see her there to bless her grandson," Kinyanjui noted.

He said Kenyans are still celebrating the victory of US President-elect Barack Obama.

"This has been a continuing celebration and we had a national day, which was dedicated to celebrate the outcome of the American election and to celebrate the day of the President-elect Barack Obama. People have been celebrating they have been very positive thing. For instance children who have been born, some are being called Obama and girl children are being called Michelle. So, this is a continuous celebration and it would linger for a long time in the memory of Kenyans, especially when we meet quite a number of children later who would be called Obama or Michelle," he said.

Kinyanjui said Kenya's unity government declared Thursday as a national holiday as part of Obama's election as President of the United States.

"Thursday was a public holiday so we have been celebrating literally for two days. So, this is a great event and there is music and there is the usual Kenyan way of celebrating by slaughtering animals and calling their neighbors to enjoy together and celebrate this great and historical event," Kinyanjui pointed out.

He said the Kenyan youths are demanding a change in leadership to usher in younger people in government.

"One thing we have noticed is that the young people have started saying that it is time the older generation of politicians in Kenya retire so that the Obama generation can take over leadership here and emulate from the president-elect and give hope to the people of Kenya," he said.

Kinyanjui said Kenya's older leadership defended itself against calls to step down.

"The old guards have been cautious, but they have been keen to point out because of the investment in education very early on at the beginning of independence that Obama senior came to America in search of education and that is how the connection with the president-elect has come. So, they do feel they also can claim it is their vision to educate somebody and through that education this relationship has emerged. So, they do feel connected that way," Kinyanjui noted.

Africans in general have been rooting for Obama from the very moment he announced his candidacy for president. The election victory of the son of a Kenyan father is still being celebrated and savored all over the continent.


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: abuhussein; bho2008; grandmother; inauguration; kenya; obama; obamafamily

1 posted on 11/07/2008 12:11:27 PM PST by BGHater
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To: BGHater

I’m not sure what this is a story. I would fully expect her to come.


2 posted on 11/07/2008 12:13:02 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: BGHater

Please someone call PETA..... love the customary Kenyan celebration of slaughtering animals!!!


3 posted on 11/07/2008 12:13:58 PM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Tagline scrubbed to prevent invitation to indoctrinization camp)
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To: brytlea

Of couse she will be there, just like she was for his birth :o)


4 posted on 11/07/2008 12:14:07 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: BGHater
Here we go!

Will the entire TRIBE be coming as her entourage? Will all his half brothers, half sisters, half aunts, half uncles etc - PLEASE CRAWL OUT FROM UNDER THE ROCK WHER YOU HAVE BEEN HIDING? You might as well be as arrogant and start making some of your own demands. America is "paved in gold". Keep that in mind as we hemorrhage financially and people want MORE of it.

5 posted on 11/07/2008 12:15:07 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: BGHater
If it were me and I was going to be the new Pres, I'd bring every friggin’ relative I had and make sure they were there for the ceremony.
6 posted on 11/07/2008 12:16:19 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: BGHater

you just know Michelle would love for the whole tribe to come, along with the chickens


7 posted on 11/07/2008 12:17:40 PM PST by 1000 silverlings (Everything that deceives also enchants: Plato)
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To: BGHater
Uhhhh ... granny?

Chapatti is an unleaned bread from India ... like tortilla's ... smokin' too much ganja, perhaps?

8 posted on 11/07/2008 12:18:28 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: BGHater

So are there English and Irish relatives somewhere celebrating too?

The mothers family ancestry totally buried and ignored.


9 posted on 11/07/2008 12:19:15 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares (Refusing to kneel before the socialist messiah.)
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To: BGHater

We shall witness a family reunion, his aunt that is here illegally who he has nothing to do with, his brother living in a shanty town in Kenya, and now his grandmother.

The resemblance is remarkable. You have to marvel at the path from shanty to White House.


10 posted on 11/07/2008 12:19:41 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: DBCJR

Tell her to bring his birth cert.


11 posted on 11/07/2008 12:20:22 PM PST by Charles Bronson Forever
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To: 1000 silverlings

Lord help us all. The White House will be running with goats, sacred cows and chickens.


12 posted on 11/07/2008 12:21:08 PM PST by hoe_cake (" 'We the people' tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us." Ronald Reagan)
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To: knarf
I wonder if his Granny Dunham would have been allowed to come celebrate, had she lived long enough?
13 posted on 11/07/2008 12:21:10 PM PST by Milly (Cradle to Grave Catholic)
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To: knarf
There has been a large Indian contingent in Kenya since the 1800s due to the incorporation of both countries into the British Empire.

Indian food is quite popular in Africa and has been part of "African" cuisine for generations now.

14 posted on 11/07/2008 12:22:02 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who like to be called Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: nmh
I wonder what they'll have on their Christmas tree ... or Kwaanza pole ... or whatever the hell it will be.

We are SO screwed.

15 posted on 11/07/2008 12:22:45 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: BGHater

how many relatives does this guy have ?


16 posted on 11/07/2008 12:24:02 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Grace = unmerited favor; Mercy = punishment withheld)
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To: DBCJR
Sort of like the Beverly Hillbillies coming to DC. Maybe he'll put them up in a sod shack with a swimming pool next to the White House. They could use it to wash their cows in before sacrifice ceremony.
17 posted on 11/07/2008 12:24:15 PM PST by Evil Slayer (Sarah Palin reminds me of the story about David and Goliath)
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To: brytlea

Obama’s Brother in China
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/17/opinion/29cohen.html

By ROGER COHEN
Published: March 17, 2008
BRUSSELS

So there I was, a couple of weeks back, sitting under a mango tree in western Kenya, when Senator Barack Obama’s half-sister Auma says to me:

“My daughter’s father is British. My mom’s brother is married to a Russian. I have a brother in China engaged to a Chinese woman.”

My understanding is that this half brother living in China is Mark. He’s the son of Obama’s father and an American woman named Ruth, whom Obama Sr. met while at Harvard in the 1960s and brought back to Kenya.

That was after his marriage with Obama’s mother in Hawaii ended. Another son from the union with Ruth, called David, was killed in a motorcycle accident. In all, Obama Sr. fathered eight children by four women.

I’ve been thinking about this because not enough has been written about Obama’s family. As Auma suggested, it’s unusual in the extent of its continent-crossing, religion-melding, color-fusing richness. But the Benetton-ad family is less unusual than it may seem. This is the age of globalized, far-flung families. Remittances make the world go round.

More needs to be written because if Obama gets the Democratic nomination, you know the Republican attack machine, through innuendo and otherwise, will go after his identity, just as it went after Senator John Kerry’s in 2004.

The difference is that Obama is much more certain and coherent about who he is than Kerry was. He has built his identity in a shifting world; that resonates with a lot of Americans. His radical Chicago pastor contributed to that journey. Now Obama has grown beyond him. I have no problem with that.

But you can already see the headlines: Obama has brother in China! You can hear the whisperings about a polygamous father.

That not enough has been written about his family is strange in that Obama himself devoted a remarkable book, “Dreams From My Father,” to his quest to fill the void left by an absent Dad.

As Auma said to me: “He was trying to figure out who he was. He needed to be whole to be able to do what he’s doing now. He went about it the right way. A big chunk of his life was missing. It’s very healthy that he now knows he has these roots here.”

Those roots were discovered during Obama’s first visit to Kenya two decades ago. During that trip, as recounted in his memoir, he encountered Ruth in Nairobi. She is described as “a white woman with a long jaw and graying hair.”

But who is Ruth, a woman who divorced Obama’s father, remarried, and gave the family name of her second husband to her two sons by Obama Sr.? In the book she says, with less than exquisite tact, to Barack Obama: “But your mother remarried. I wonder why she had you keep your name?”

As for Ruth’s son, and Obama’s half brother, Mark, the one in China, he’s described as studying physics at Stanford in the 1980s. “The things Mark studies are so complicated only a handful of people really understand it at all,” Ruth enthuses.

But Mark, “a black man of my height and complexion,” tells Obama his work’s a breeze. He expresses limited interest in their shared father who died in 1982 at 46: “Life’s hard enough without all the excess baggage,” he muses.

If nominated, Obama’s family baggage will get pored over. Four years ago, Bush’s people cast Kerry as un-American for speaking French. A Republican camp campaigning at the sorry nadir of Bush’s handiwork will try to portray the war hero John McCain as more American and patriotic than his opponent.

But things are different. Less fearful, Americans are less willing to be manipulated. They’ve backed Obama this far in part because they’re sick of the narrow American exceptionalism of Bush’s divisive rule.

Never before have U.S. fortunes been so tied to the world’s. Americans see that. When your mortgage is packaged into some ingenious security that’s sold to a German bank before the scheme unravels and you lose your house, the globe looks smaller.

With some 30 percent of the revenue of U.S. corporations coming from overseas, and the Chinese buying American debt, and more than seven million people naturalized in the past decade, it’s harder to separate America’s fate from that of others. Isolationism is not merely wrong, it’s impossible.

If elected, Obama would be the first genuinely 21st-century leader. The China-Indonesia-Kenya-Britain-Hawaii web mirrors a world in flux. In Kenya, his uncle Sayid, a Muslim, told me: “My Islam is a hybrid, a mix of elements, including my Christian schooling and even some African ways. Many values have dissolved in me.”

Obama’s bridge-building instincts come from somewhere. They are rooted and proven. For an expectant and often alienated world, they are of central significance.


18 posted on 11/07/2008 12:24:37 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: DBCJR

Yes, he’s black, he’s white. He’s a Christian/Muslim/NewAger, He’s an American, he’s an African, he may be a man, he may be a woman,etc. etc


19 posted on 11/07/2008 12:26:49 PM PST by 1000 silverlings (Everything that deceives also enchants: Plato)
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To: 1000 silverlings

Maybe she could borrow Michelle’s red and black acceptance dress to wear.


20 posted on 11/07/2008 12:28:24 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DBCJR

I have missed a step somewhere..how is Grandma Sara a step relative? I thought that was Obama Sr’s. mother..


21 posted on 11/07/2008 12:28:25 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: Nathan Zachary

LOL


22 posted on 11/07/2008 12:28:59 PM PST by brytlea (You can fool enough of the people enough of the time.)
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To: BGHater

IF she comes, I want her first stop to be at the Supreme Court, where she can tell Chief Justice Roberts about how NObama was born in Kenya!!!!!


23 posted on 11/07/2008 12:29:26 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: DJ MacWoW

We should all wear white that day, like sheep for the slaughter


24 posted on 11/07/2008 12:30:51 PM PST by 1000 silverlings (Everything that deceives also enchants: Plato)
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To: RummyChick
I thought that was Obama Sr’s. mother..

Stepmother but she raised Obama Sr.

25 posted on 11/07/2008 12:31:33 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Nathan Zachary

Wonder if she is going to give a press conference and make a statement that she “indeed witness bambi’s birth in Kenya”? As a bonus, produce his REAL BC of Kenya citizenship? I can dream, can’t I? LOL


26 posted on 11/07/2008 12:32:13 PM PST by Evil Slayer (Sarah Palin reminds me of the story about David and Goliath)
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To: 1000 silverlings

Nah. White is too bride-like and it has racial connotations don’t ya know.


27 posted on 11/07/2008 12:35:01 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW

lol, but it will signify mourning to our Chinese overlords


28 posted on 11/07/2008 12:36:50 PM PST by 1000 silverlings (Everything that deceives also enchants: Plato)
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To: brytlea

Put her under oath as soon as she comes through immigration!


29 posted on 11/07/2008 12:37:16 PM PST by WellyP
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To: 1000 silverlings

I’m thinking blood red is more appropriate. Cause he’s gonna kill us.


30 posted on 11/07/2008 12:40:24 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Arm yourself, and never ever get on the bus. If the Black Guards come in the night, shoot them, they are going to kill you anyway


31 posted on 11/07/2008 12:43:19 PM PST by 1000 silverlings (Everything that deceives also enchants: Plato)
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To: BGHater

Will she be accompanied by crates of machetes for use during the celebration ?


32 posted on 11/07/2008 12:43:59 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Does the President Elect speak Swahili? How can he understand her?


33 posted on 11/07/2008 12:47:01 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: BGHater

She might as well show up. His illegal alien aunt showed for his swearing in for the Senate at the capitol.

Know what bothers me a lot about Obama....in his acceptance speech he told his daughters that now that they’ll be in the White House they can have a dog.....

What the heck? Unless your Daddy gets elected you can’t have a dog!


34 posted on 11/07/2008 12:47:40 PM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925)
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To: BGHater

Good; Maybe she can bring along Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate.


35 posted on 11/07/2008 12:49:58 PM PST by Uncle George
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To: AuntB

Won’t having a dog upset some “unnamed” religious group? Hence the daughter’s “allergy”?


36 posted on 11/07/2008 12:50:28 PM PST by 1000 silverlings (Everything that deceives also enchants: Plato)
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To: 1000 silverlings

He’s a centrist, he’s a liberal activist. He’s for talking to our enemies and invading Pakistan.


37 posted on 11/07/2008 12:57:16 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: DBCJR

He should forget the dog and get a gerbil. Then he can have Chrissy Matthews over and let it run up his leg for thrills


38 posted on 11/07/2008 1:01:51 PM PST by 1000 silverlings (Everything that deceives also enchants: Plato)
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To: Nathan Zachary

ping


39 posted on 11/07/2008 1:03:14 PM PST by Glacier Honey (`)
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To: BGHater
Well, now we know where he gets his good looks from...

I say, drag the whole damn tribe over here, the American people will stop talking about "Wasilla hillbillies" once they see the backwards types that spawned Zero!

40 posted on 11/07/2008 1:08:07 PM PST by hunter112 (We are the John Galt we've been waiting for.)
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To: vetvetdoug

“If it were me and I was going to be the new Pres, I’d bring every friggin’ relative I had and make sure they were there for the ceremony.”

I don’t know about that one. A lot of my relatives are from your general area. Most of which I don’t have anything to do with because of their bad name


41 posted on 11/07/2008 3:40:16 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: nmh; vetvetdoug; 1000 silverlings; DBCJR; what_not2007; All

42 posted on 11/07/2008 3:55:11 PM PST by Kaslin (If 0bama wants to spread the wealth around, let him start with his own)
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To: Kaslin

FAmily Members headed to the White HOuse?

You didn’t!

LOL.

We’re bad.


43 posted on 11/10/2008 6:28:18 AM PST by hoe_cake (" 'We the people' tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us." Ronald Reagan)
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To: BGHater
Although Sarah is Obama's step grandmother, the president-elect reportedly treats her like his natural grandmother.

Ouch.

Now, what if this whole Obama Sr. thing was just a scam to get Uncle Frank off the hook. Let some Kenyan dude take the rap for a price, whatever. That would be kind of funny in this dark, sordid tale... The manicured One getting saddled with hundreds of faux relatives in all their goatpoop glory, just to keep up a faux parentage.

44 posted on 11/10/2008 6:49:00 AM PST by Ezekiel (Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.)
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