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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Is there really any doubt that Barak Obama is a superstar?

US politician given reception fit for a king in Kenya visit

Story by OSCAR OBONYO the Daily Nation (Kenya)
Publication Date: 8/27/2006

When he visited Kenya in 1983 and later in 1991, US Senator Barack Obama did so quietly and even squeezed himself in a matatu on the way to his father's home in Alego, Siaya District.

Mr Obama describes the matatu (the rural type where passengers sit in two rows facing one another) in his memoir Dreams from my Father, as "a sad-looking vehicle with balding, cracked tyres".

Travelling long before enforcement of the so-called Michuki rules, the senator ended up carrying his half sister Auma on his lap together with a basket of yams while supporting a crying baby! This time round, though, he is travelling high-class with a big security detail to boot.

In fact his visit has elicited excitement across the country and attracted global interest with a battery of local and international journalists hot on his trail.

And unlike previous visits when he was received by his kinsmen, who had travelled hundreds of kilometres from western Kenya, last Thursday he arrived to a posh reception by US ambassador Michael Ranneberger and Foreign Affairs assistant minister Moses Wetangula.

Smiling shyly at the Vice-Presidential pavillion at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Thursday evening, he waved at journalists but refused to take any questions.

As if preoccupied by memories of 1983 and 1991, when he mingled with other passengers and walked past the immigration desk unnoticed, Mr Obama looked shy and restrained, occasionally tapping his foot on the carpet.

But at successive events, looked more relaxed and cheerful.

On Friday, when he called on leader of Official Opposition Uhuru Kenyatta, he cracked a joke and burst into laughter as we proceeded out of Mr Kenyatta's office.

"I think I recognise you. You have been following me all along since I landed in the country. I hope you mean well," he teased.

Trailing the US Senator has been a difficult task, with conflicting alerts from the US embassy and ministry of Foreign Affairs officials.

Probably as a security measure, the two offices deliberately misled the media over Mr Obama's arrival.

While all media outlets announced his arrival at 10 pm, the senator quietly landed in the country at 6pm. It is perfectly in order for the senator to have been received by an assistant minister.

But many people had anticipated the presence of high-ranking government officials and opposition chiefs, especially Mr Raila Odinga, Nyanza Province's political heavyweight, where Mr Obama has his roots. The Lang'ata MP actually stayed out of the Nairobi itinerary and only linked up with Mr Obama yesterday morning in Kisumu.

Also lining up to receive the senator were local MPs Anyang' Nyong'o (Kisumu Town) and Kennedy Nyagudi (Kisumu Town West). The Government's repeatedly announced that Mr Obama's tour was a State visit.

But a few days later, Foreign Affairs minister Raphael Tuju, who has a frosty relationship with Mr Odinga, seemed to go easy by re-stating that the senator's visit was semi-official "since he has family matters to attend to". Mr Tuju was not in Nyanza yesterday.

And contrary to expectation, the senator landed in Kisumu aboard a commercial, East African Air Safari Express, flight instead of the private jet he flew into the country in.

Unlike other US senators who come into the country on commercial flights and leave the country unnoticed, his visit is big time.

He enjoyed no ordinary security escort with all roads leading to the airport and the city centre being sealed off. His way was cleared all through to Nairobi’s Serena Hotel.


This Woman is Completely Insane

Can someone please save us from the insane rantings of Katherine Harris? Please! Anyone! The lastest from this complete wacko is that, according to her, the separation of church and state is a "lie." Apparantly Mrs. 'Completely Nutso' Harris has never heard of the Bill of Rights and/or the Constitution of the United States. I think that this separation is stated quite clearly. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" That seems pretty straight forward to me; and I would imagine to most people with an IQ over 50. Of course we remember this lunatics' part in the 2000 election in Florida. So I guess her knowledge of the laws of the US are fairly vague.

Harris's run for the Senate has been one continous joke. From her utterly whorish appearance on Sean Hannity's show, to her extreme breast augmentation. What in the name of all that is good and pure made this woman think that she had any qualifications to assist in the running of the United States government? This woman is insane, litterally. Apparently Texas is not the only state that is missing its idiot.

Here is the AP story about her comments:

Rep. Harris: Church-state separation 'a lie'

MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris told a religious journal that separation of church and state is "a lie" and God and the nation's founding fathers did not intend the country be "a nation of secular laws."

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate also said that if Christians are not elected, politicians will "legislate sin," including abortion and gay marriage.

Harris made the comments -- which she clarified Saturday -- in the Florida Baptist Witness, the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention, which interviewed political candidates and asked them about religion and their positions on issues.

Separation of church and state is "a lie we have been told," Harris said in the interview, published Thursday, saying separating religion and politics is "wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers."

Electing non-Christians allows 'legislating sin'

"If you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin," Harris said.

Her comments drew criticism, including some from fellow Republicans, who called them offensive and not representative of the party.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, who is Jewish, told the Orlando Sentinel that she was "disgusted" by the comments.

Harris' campaign released a statement Saturday saying she had been "speaking to a Christian audience, addressing a common misperception that people of faith should not be actively involved in government."

The comments reflected "her deep grounding in Judeo-Christian values," the statement said, adding that Harris had previously supported pro-Israel legislation and legislation recognizing the Holocaust.

Harris' opponents in the GOP primary also gave interviews to the Florida Baptist Witness but made more general statements on their faith.

Harris, 49, faced widespread criticism for her role overseeing the 2000 presidential recount as Florida's secretary of state.

State GOP leaders -- including Gov. Jeb Bush -- don't think she can win against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in November. Fundraising has lagged, frustrated campaign workers have defected in droves and the issues have been overshadowed by news of her dealings with a corrupt defense contractor who gave her $32,000 in illegal campaign contributions.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.



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