Wednesday, November 05, 2008

DON'T ASK WHAT OBAMA CAN DO FOR KENYA

I am excited for Obama and for America but I am saddened for Kenya. While the 'fierce urgency of now' must see Obama resuscitate the ailing American economy we, Kenyans, are celebrating his election to that duty by ruining our own economy.

What, pray tell, was the Government of Kenya thinking when it declared Thursday, 6th November a public holiday?

The best way for all progressive thinking Kenyans to celebrate Obama's victory is to work on bringing political change to this country from the bottom up. To not just sit and grumble about the inanity of our political discourse and the Bush-esque tyranny and divisive stance of our tribal chieftains but to rally one Kenyan at a time towards the embracing of a new political dispensation.

The time is now to move away from the press conferences and donor driven palavers; the yelling of empty threats at politicians from the shelter of posh NGO offices, by the 'activist-elites' and speak directly to our families and friends.

If America can, why can't we? We cannot because those who purport to preach the change gospel love to write concept notes, strategic plans, jingoistic communiques, jargon ridden country reports and Op-ed columns from here to new York City while the opponents of change are out in the field- face to face with the 'real Kenyans- handing out machetes and vitriol.

If you love Barrack Obama, spend your public holiday tomorrow talking to Main Street- tell them that, even here in Kenya, WE CAN!

To bastardise JFK, ask not what Obama can do for your country but what you can do for it.

6 comments:

Acolyte said...

At the end of the day Obama is an American President for America. Him having Kenyan roots is a plus, at the end of the day our problems are our own and when the confetti has settled we shall still have to deal with them on our own.
Obama has alot of work leading America in front of him so let's not think we have a new Messiah.

Anonymous said...

WHAT IS KENYAS GIFT TO OBAMA???

Even as we celebrate Obama’s success story, even as we with fingers closed wait for his inauguration as the 1st half black President of the USA. We need as Kenyans to ask ourselves this fundamental question. What has been our contribution to Obama Success?

His BIOLOGICAL father was a Kenyan, who however abandoned his son and escaped any responsibilities of child support. Infact Obama confesses that he learnt more form his Kenyan ‘father’ absence than from his presence. This is kenya’s EMBARASSMENT NO. 1. So his real father was the parents who took Obama in and saw him through his childhood and teenage years giving him the values that he now holds. That’s the reality Kenyans.

His ‘Cousin’ Raila has all along been a source of discredit to his good reputation. Raila with his VIOLENT NATURE, COMMUNIST ORIENTATIONS, MUSLIM ASSOCIATIONS have all been used against Obama. Infact, Raila in himself has cost Obama some support and Obama campaign team had to work hard to show how distant in thinking and association these two men are. This is Kenya’s EMBARASSMENT 2. It has not gone unnoticed to the Mc Cain campaign team that Raila call for mass protest in Kenya led to over 1500 deaths. This explains why Obama banished Raila from any visits to his campaign or why Obama campaign team has consistently turned down on 4 occassions RAILA’S MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS totaling 40,000 USD.

Obama’s Aunt who also happen to be Kenyan has been an illegal immigrant in US for a while. This was also ANOTHER EMBARRASSMENT from yet another Kenyan.
Infact, we OWE OBAMA AN APOLOGY AS A COUNTRY. With all these bad publicity from Kenya’s heritage, Obama has been understanding enough not to talk ill of us. For that we should be grateful.

Looking on the other side, Obama’s real family in the US has been a SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND GOOD PUBLICITY. Yet, they have been quite about it as we in Kenya tell the whole world how Kenyan Obama is.

So the reality is that KENYA HAS BEEN AN EMBARASSMENT TO OBAMA.

hierosolyma said...

jfk? that was pretty lame, i expected more from you dear literary wizz.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if you would have a similar reaction if his roots in Kenya was from you community...you disillusioned "Analyst"..We shall continue applauding the achievement of Black America and compliment with jubilation Obama's roots for he decided upon his personal quest to sojourn back to the land of his father..Thats what sons always do..Something your urban fad self wouldnt do..And of course we are preparing for his homecoming..all that matters to us he is our son...so Narrate my middle finger up yours...bitch ass..Kibaki ali flash Obama ndiyo apigiwe simu..

derek said...

Or to put it another way, ask not what you can do for your country, but what it's been doing to you.

Brother Jero (BJ) said...

Well Said Potash.

Well Tis the season to remember all my friends - Marry Christmas.

BJ in the Uzbec