January 16, 2007

Obama for President of USA?

Writing about web page http://obama.senate.gov/

The son of an African may just be the man that the likes of Gordon Brown, Nouri Al-Maliki and Ban Ki-Moon will be dealing with come 2008.

Democrat Senator Barack Obama is the son of a Kenyan man (from Nyanza Province) and an American woman (from Kansas). He will be making his announcement of whether he will be formally seeking the presidency on February 10th.

Obama gained widespread recognition after becoming the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review and his popularity has grown since his 2004 keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

Kenyans have watched this man quietly as he has fought for gun control and stood firmly against the war on Iraq. He has a particular charm and ability to bring coalitions together to work towards a common cause. Kenyans have also looked up to him and secretly wished that he was indeed the messiah that would rout the rotten clowns in the Kenyan Government.

In 2006 he proudly ignored his celebrity status as he took his family to visit his paternal mother in Kisumu, Kenya. He voluntarily, with his wife, took an HIV test to create AIDS awareness and encourage more Kenyans to take the tests. At the end of the trip he ruthlessly tore apart the political situation that remains in Kenya, criticising the leaders of using tribal differences to fuel ethnic tension and hence gain authority with ease.

While he has African roots he maintains his pride of being an American. He is Black, African American. But he does not have Africa at the top of his agenda. or does he? and how does it matter anyway?

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  1. I read about this guy a few weeks ago, a lot of hype.. not sure if it’s due to his political views though?

    18 Jan 2007, 17:16

  2. hmm I admit I’ve not followed his political career and what he’s particularly done in the US. I only know of him due to the chaos he caused in Nairobi back in the summer. The African continent has been excited about what it may mean for the continent when he takes up the presidency. He’s been fighting gun and weapon laws but I wonder if he’s got the popularity to beat Hillary Clinton to the job.

    18 Jan 2007, 17:39

  3. I think it’s tough.. Will America be able to digest a woman president or a non white president? I can’t see it doing either, but only time will tell

    19 Jan 2007, 00:15

  4. Out of gut feeling I think they’ll manage to accept a woman president but find it hard to accept a non-white. Where the feeling comes from I cannot point my finger on. But what this does tell us is that we’re not far away from either a woman or non-white holding a very powerful position in the political world. Maybe I shouldn’t put the word ‘political’ in that sentence and leave it as world?

    19 Jan 2007, 00:49

  5. Nysh

    Go down south, and you may notice that they would NEVER accept a woman or a non-white President, particularly if he/she’s a Democrat. I think that if the Democrats want to win the next election, they’re going to have to conform to the conservative nature of the naive American public.

    20 Jan 2007, 11:33

  6. Nysh, what is so different in the south? You’ve lived there so you’d know – I don’t want to find out by reading the usually biased media (and I’ve got an assignment due Monday!)

    20 Jan 2007, 11:57

  7. Nysh

    Think conservative. In fact, think puritan and narrow-minded and old-fashioned. Conservative is fine, but these people are so adament about their beliefs in the “God given” social roles of a woman and/or black person, that they can’t think at all liberally. couple that with racist ideology and foolish belief in The Great Chain of Being, as well as Social Darwinism (without Darwin’s Evolution, of course) and there you go- the messed up South.

    They will only ever vote Republican.

    23 Jan 2007, 17:57

  8. In a country of immigrants they’re still racist? Didn’t realise the land of opportunity as Africans see it is not

    23 Jan 2007, 22:32

  9. Nysh

    Look at it’s paralle, Australia. Anyway, it’s all just part of the WASP controlled melting pot…

    28 Jan 2007, 23:47

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