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January 16, 2007
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?