It’s not a good year for Obama.
You may recall the Raila Odinga story from the Obama administration when ties between the Kenyan Muslim radical and the… other Kenyan Muslim radical made headlines. Pamela Geller covered the story extensively at the time, but with the current Google censorship and the general state of the internet, I’m having trouble finding materials.
“This is not Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. He campaigned for a man who has boasted of being his cousin named Raila Odinga. His slogan was “Vote For Change.” Sound familiar? Odinga’s platform had a socialist ring to it. He also got the support of Kenyan Muslims by advocating “shaaria” or Islamic law in areas with large Muslim populations. The election was close, with allegations of fraud. Supporters of Obama’s cousins staged violent protests which degenerated into pogroms.In one recorded case, a church was burnt down with women and children in it by Odinga supporters. The United Nations ended up rewarding Odinga’s thuggery with a position in a national unity type government.”
Pamela Geller wrote at the time, “The recent revelations of Obama’s ties to Raila Odinga in Kenya are disconcerting as well, because Odinga is behind the terrible violence in his country. It was he who instigated bloody riots and killing after he lost the election. Obama’s bias for his fellow Luo was so blatant that a Kenyan government spokesman denounced Obama during his visit as Raila’s “stooge.” And while there are few angels in Kenya, Odinga is the source of great unrest and turmoil; and the MOU he signed with the Muslim Council to institute sharia is a foreshadowing of a dark fate for Kenya.”
In one of the few pieces of good news from abroad, Obama’s cousin hasn’t done so well in the latest election.
Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has been elected as the country’s next President, the electoral commission announced Monday.
Ruto won with 50.49% of the vote, narrowly defeating veteran opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who was contesting his fifth election.
He will become Kenya’s fifth President since independence, winning the seat on his first attempt. Ruto’s party, the Kenya First coalition, has won a majority of seats in Kenya’s senate, the second highest in the National Assembly.
During a speech Monday, Ruto said: “It was God that brought us here … my team and I will make sure that the sacrifices made by many Kenyans is not in vain … we will not let them down. I am confident that this country will come together and we can move forward as one democratic nation.”
Ruto is a vocal Christian.
Analysts had predicted a win for Odinga, given his performance in opinion polls and the support he enjoyed from outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta.
But Ruto’s populist “man-of-the-people” approach, which rejected political dynasties and played on anti-elite sentiment in the country, endeared him to voters.
Maybe Odinga can move into the Obama mansion. I hear there’s plenty of room even though Barry and Michelle use separate bedrooms.