New Video Shows Obama Campaigning For Radical Luo Socialist & Cousin Raila Odinga in Kenya
In 2006 Barack Obama took a trip to Kenya at US taxpayer’s expense.
While visiting Kenya as a guest of the government Obama campaigned with opposition leader socialist Raila Odinga, who also happens to be his cousin.
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In an interview with Reuters in January, Odinga said Barack called him twice in one day to express his concern over the violent situation in Kenya since Odinga lost the elections.
But, the situation did not improve.
The opposition claimed the election was rigged in favour of President Mwai Kibaki.
Odinga’s thugs then went on a rampage killing hundreds of Kenyans and burning churches. At least 600 people died in rioting after the election and 250,000 were displaced. Odinga was accused of ethnic cleansing during the clashes.
But in 2006 Barack Obama was in Kenya campaigning for Odinga:
Founding Bloggers has more on Obama’s campaign speech in Kenya for Odinga:
Quotes from Barack and Michelle Obama from an article that accompanied the video:
Long before the Dec. 27, 2007, presidential elections that led to bloodshed, he warned: “Corruption erodes the state from the inside, sickening the justice system until there’s no justice to be found, poisoning the police forces.”
“I hope the people of Kenya will see us role models,” says Michelle Obama.
Doesn’t is seem a bit strange that Barack and Michelle Obama would travel to Kenya as guests of the sitting government and then campaign for the opposition?
The Washington Times has more on Obama’s campaigning with Odinga in 2006:
Mr. Odinga and Mr. Obama were nearly inseparable throughout Mr. Obama’s six-day stay. The two traveled together throughout Kenya and Mr. Obama spoke on behalf of Mr. Odinga at numerous rallies. In contrast, Mr. Obama had only criticism for Kibaki. He lashed out against the Kenyan government shortly after meeting with the president on Aug. 25. “The [Kenyan] people have to suffer over corruption perpetrated by government officials,” Mr. Obama announced.
“Kenyans are now yearning for change,” he declared. The intent of Mr. Obama’s remarks and actions was transparent to Kenyans – he was firmly behind Mr. Odinga.
Mr. Odinga and Mr. Obama had met several times before the 2006 trip. Reports indicate Mr. Odinga visited Mr. Obama during trips to the U.S. in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Mr. Obama sent his foreign policy adviser Mark Lippert to Kenya in early 2006 to coordinate his summer visit. Mr. Obama’s August trip coincided with strategizing by Orange Democratic Movement leaders to defeat Mr. Kibaki in the upcoming elections.
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