Skip to comments.US President-Elect Obama’s Grandmother Wants to Attend Inauguration[Kenyan Grandma]
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.
I’m not sure what this is a story. I would fully expect her to come.
Please someone call PETA..... love the customary Kenyan celebration of slaughtering animals!!!
Of couse she will be there, just like she was for his birth :o)
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.
you just know Michelle would love for the whole tribe to come, along with the chickens
Chapatti is an unleaned bread from India ... like tortilla's ... smokin' too much ganja, perhaps?
So are there English and Irish relatives somewhere celebrating too?
The mothers family ancestry totally buried and ignored.
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.
Tell her to bring his birth cert.
Lord help us all. The White House will be running with goats, sacred cows and chickens.
Indian food is quite popular in Africa and has been part of "African" cuisine for generations now.
We are SO screwed.
how many relatives does this guy have ?
Obamas Brother in China
By ROGER COHEN
Published: March 17, 2008
So there I was, a couple of weeks back, sitting under a mango tree in western Kenya, when Senator Barack Obamas half-sister Auma says to me:
My daughters father is British. My moms 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. Hes the son of Obamas 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 Obamas 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.
Ive been thinking about this because not enough has been written about Obamas family. As Auma suggested, its 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 Kerrys 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 hes doing now. He went about it the right way. A big chunk of his life was missing. Its very healthy that he now knows he has these roots here.
Those roots were discovered during Obamas 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 Obamas 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 Ruths son, and Obamas half brother, Mark, the one in China, hes 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 works a breeze. He expresses limited interest in their shared father who died in 1982 at 46: Lifes hard enough without all the excess baggage, he muses.
If nominated, Obamas family baggage will get pored over. Four years ago, Bushs people cast Kerry as un-American for speaking French. A Republican camp campaigning at the sorry nadir of Bushs 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. Theyve backed Obama this far in part because theyre sick of the narrow American exceptionalism of Bushs divisive rule.
Never before have U.S. fortunes been so tied to the worlds. Americans see that. When your mortgage is packaged into some ingenious security thats 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, its harder to separate Americas fate from that of others. Isolationism is not merely wrong, its 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.
Obamas bridge-building instincts come from somewhere. They are rooted and proven. For an expectant and often alienated world, they are of central significance.
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
Maybe she could borrow Michelle’s red and black acceptance dress to wear.
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