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Obama Inspires Kenya, Spurs Tribal Reconciliation

My college roommate who now works in a school in Kenya was telling me about a recent teacher strike at her school. She said all the children believed that Barack Obama would soon come to the rescue, and pay the teachers so all the children could go back to school.

Obama's Kenya connection has transformed the outlook of many in the African country, who feel pride in the American president's Kenyan roots, and subsequently their country.

The Associated Press recently tested the level of enthusiasm by questioning Kenyans living in America. Wilfred Nakundi who lives in Jersey City said that when his relatives call from Kenya "the first thing they ask you these days is 'How is Obama?' — before they ask 'How are you?' . . .They think since we're here, we're experiencing things directly."'

Another Kenyan living in the states described the situation back home: "Everybody wants to be his tribe now, even those fighting his tribe. The Luos lost the presidency in Kenya, but they got the presidency of the US so it's like compensation; he's brought tribe reconciliation." Can Obama count that as a foreign policy accomplishment?

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hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I wouldn't say it's an accomplishment of his foreign policy but rather an added benefit of his Presidency.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
Haha undave his dad is a Luo and in most African cultures you belong to your father's tribe regardless of what your citizenship is. If i marry a Newfoundlander my children will be members of my tribe cos their father has none. And i agree mich i don't know why this is even an article, it's pointless and not even factual.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Can Obama count that as a foreign policy accomplishment? Oh, of course. He'll take credit for anything he can.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
Wow. That's reaching pretty far.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
"Can Obama count that as a foreign policy accomplishment?" Hardly.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"Another Kenyan living in the states described the situation back home: 'Everybody wants to be his tribe now, even those fighting his tribe." I didn't realize that our President was in a tribe in Kenya? I thought he was an American? :?
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Nyara, I know. That's why I said "if". It's pretty ridiculous to pretend an election in a far-away country could heal such old wounds.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
it hasn't really brought about tribal reconciliation mich, come on now.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
"Can Obama count that as a foreign policy accomplishment?" Haha, no. If something so silly can bring "tribal reconciliation", it just shows you how baseless their conflicts must have been in the first place.
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