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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Kenyans Expect Jobs, Food from Obama

Before you laugh at them, keep in mind that we had our own citizens talking about how he’d pay their mortgage and gas bills. Their expectations of being totally taken care of isn’t an oddity amongst his support base. Which should make his fall all the more spectacular.

“This man is Jesus,” shouted one man, spilling his Guinness as Barack Obama began his inaugural address. “When will he come to Kenya to save us?” If Barack Obama’s spin doctors have been trying to lower expectations since his election victory, the message clearly has not reached the land of his father…

“Now he is president we will get food and jobs,” said Ben Ochieng, as he danced to the traditional music that replaced the planned show…

The Kenya National Theatre even revived its hit show Obama The Musical, which wowed sell-out audiences during the US election last year. It uses parallels with the Bible Story and Mr Obama’s own struggles with racism and drugs — documented in his memoir Dreams From My Father - to portray the incoming President as a saviour for downtrodden peoples of the world…

“It is right that when people get power they look after their family, so we know that Obama will build lots of good things for us, like schools and roads and clinics,” said George Opiyo as he left the theatre.

How many other countries are under the same belief that Obama will start building them schools, employing them, and paying for their food?

Read it here.

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