More Trouble for Obama - This Time in Kenya

More problems for Obama. Voters should know that Obama's relative is in the middle of a major dispute that has drawn the intervention of Kofi Annan.  Such relationships could have major ramifications on the African continent should Obama become President.

In Kenya where the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) lead by Raila Odinga in involved in a dispute over elections with the Kenyan government. Almost two dozen have been killed and buildings burned.

From the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/article/2008/01/23/AR2008012301215. html?hpid%3Dmoreheadlines&sub=AR

Ondinga claims he is the maternal uncle of Obama's father (Obama's campaign will not confirm or deny).

From the BBC:

"Mr Odinga told the BBC's The World Today that Senator Obama's father was his maternal uncle.

Mr Obama's father - a Kenyan also called Barack - met and married his American mother when they were students at the university of Hawaii.

Mr Obama has previously been identified as a distant cousin of Vice-President Dick Cheney.

Mr Obama's father came from the same Luo community as Mr Odinga."

From the BBC:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/717668 3.stm

I am not sure Americans are ready for a President who has relatives in the middle of such conflicts halfway around the globe.

Tags: Barack Obama, kofi annan, Orange Democratic Movement, Raila Odinga (all tags)

Comments

18 Comments

funny

The funniest thing is that he used to tout such relationship as his appeal of 'changing the world's views towards U.S. overnight when I become the president'...

Now he's conspicously shying away from this  mess, and you no longer hear his proud chest-thumping of his connection to Kenya...

Of course, the drive-by media is asleep again to protect their golden boy.

by prisonbreak 2008-01-23 06:56AM | 0 recs
Re: funny

Obama has no control over this issue, it is not his fault, how can you hold him responsible?

by Marsha1 2008-01-23 07:12AM | 0 recs
Trouble for Kennedy - This Time in Ireland

JFK had relatives involved in the troubles across the ocean in Ireland. I don't think Americans have any real issue with a candidate's international relations.

by souvarine 2008-01-23 06:57AM | 0 recs
Re: More Trouble for Obama - This Time in Kenya

Let's focus on the real issues.  I don't hold Obama responsible for the actions of his cousins, and I hope other Americans don't either.

by markjay 2008-01-23 06:59AM | 0 recs
Re: More Trouble for Obama - This Time in Kenya

I seem to be missing your point.  Are you suggesting that we condemn Obama for something that some who may or may not be one of his relatives on another continent may or may not have done?  I'm truly puzzled by this.

by Denny Crane 2008-01-23 07:07AM | 0 recs
Re: More Trouble for Obama - This Time in Kenya

are you serious? why resorting to such desperation when your candidate is ahead? is this really all you got?

by Todd Beeton 2008-01-23 07:13AM | 0 recs
I don't have a candidate

Axelrod or Trippi have candidates.

I have a vote.  One vote that I intend to use wisely.

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-23 07:16AM | 0 recs
Re: More Trouble for Obama - This Time in Kenya

What's next?  Is Hillary's aunt's gardener implicated in a shady land deal in Kazakhstan?  Congratulations on successfully locating the outer boundary of my curiosity.

by Steve M 2008-01-23 07:16AM | 0 recs
Re: More Trouble for Obama - This Time in Kenya

Yakshemash! In US of A, democracy is very different from Kazakhstan. In America, woman can vote, but horse - cannot!

by conspiracy 2008-01-23 07:51AM | 0 recs
Re: More Trouble for Obama - This Time in Kenya

Clue (tm) Democratic Primary edition.

by bowiegeek 2008-01-23 07:52AM | 0 recs
Re: More Trouble for Obama - This Time in Kenya

Obama has spoken with Odiinga and urged calm while at the same time reaching out to the President of Kenya, urging him to do the same.  Susan Rice has also been working on this.  A number of international figures have been involved trying to seek a peaceful resolve to the suspicions that the President stole the election and has undermined mediation attempts for a power sharing agreement to end violence.

I'm not exactly sure what the point is supposed to be here.  I know it is supposed to be negative, but I don't see where the negativity lies - that he has been using his connections and status in Kenya to urge peace?

by Piuma 2008-01-23 07:29AM | 0 recs
Re: More Trouble for Obama - This Time in Kenya

Susan Rice:

http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/pow er.htm

This is also an indictment of Bill Clinton, in addition to Susan Rice, my reason for posting the link is a hope people are made aware, to insure it doesn't happen again.

The article, when originally published, included photographs of the skeletal remains of infants, their skulls still bearing the imprint of the axe used to murder them.

Horrible.

But then Darfur...

by Marsha1 2008-01-23 12:38PM | 0 recs
I'm Clintonista but this is a stretch.

With all due respect we make ourselves look a bit silly with this sort of stuff. It's not as if there aren't plenty of strategic mistakes and Chicago history to highlight.

by ottovbvs 2008-01-23 07:29AM | 0 recs
World Affairs and the Presidency

I don't know, I think they sort of run together a bit.  Call me kooky.

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-23 07:46AM | 0 recs
You Actually Think This Matters?

That's telling.

by HSTruman 2008-01-23 07:33AM | 0 recs
Re: More Trouble for Obama - This Time in Kenya

At least Obama isn't related by marriage to that evil Roger Clinton!

by howie14 2008-01-23 07:48AM | 0 recs
Re: More Trouble for Obama - This Time in Kenya

This is ALL wrong.

I can't believe anybody's implying Obama did anything wrong here. And it's worse than Obama's relative -- which has little to do with Obama -- being involved in an election dispute.

What's going on in Kenya is Odinga -- Obama's relative -- is, metaphorically, the Al Gore in this dispute. Odinga is representing the forces of democracy and righteousness in this dispute. He is likely the rightful winner of the Kenyan presidency, and the current, un-rightful president, Kibaki, has stolen the election.

Kibaki is using the police to shoot and kill people protesting this decision, the supporters of Obama's relative are being shot. Members of Kibaki's tribe/ethnicity are claiming that Odinga's people are committing genocide against Kibaki's people. Only, it's not really true -- the vast majority of the people getting shot and killed are getting shot and killed by Kibaki's police, they are getting shot and killed by Kibaki's tribe/ethnicity. If any ethnic cleansing is going on, it's primarily being done by the unlawful president Kibaki and his police against Obama's relative and his supporters and his tribe/ethnicity. Obama's relative is the victim of oppression here, people, NOT the other way around. Go check what the EU election observers and Human Rights Watch have to say about this election if you don't believe me. And through it all, Obama's relative, Odinga, is calling for peace and calm, while he and his supporters are getting mauled by Kenya's unlawful government!

Jesus, this is really, really low of someone to accuse or even imply Obama or his relative of having done something wrong. This would be akin to somebody in  the U.S. in late 1938 blaming Kristallnacht on the Jews and defending the Nazis, or blaming that guy in Tiananmen Square for the tanks threatening to run over him.

Christ almighty, is up down now?

by BrianB 2008-01-23 08:15AM | 0 recs
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I don't think it means anything one way or the other to Democrats, but if Obama gets the nomination, I suspect the Republicans will be all over it, charging that Obama will bring "kenyan tribal politics" to this country. Oh and they'll have proof that boatloads of machete-wielding Kenyans are heading here.

by AM 2008-01-23 09:07AM | 0 recs

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