Obama Defends His Family’s Polygamist Past to Young African Leaders, “It Made Sense”
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Rush Limbaugh touched on Barack Obama’s speech to young African leaders on Monday. During the speech in Washington DC, Barack Obama defended his family’s polygamist past. Barack’s father and grandfather were both polygamists. Obama told the young African leaders, “It made sense.”
Via The Daily Rushbo:
Transcript via The Rush Limbaugh Show:
Rush: Again at the inaugural summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, another question from the audience. “I just wanted to find out how committed is the United States to assisting Africa in closing gender inequalities from contributing to gender-based violence, which threatens the achievements of many millennium development goals such as access to universal education.”
Does this question make any sense to anybody? Let’s try this again. Future African leader. Question. I’m gonna read the question verbatim. “I just wanted to find out how committed is the US to assisting Africa in closing gender inequalities from contributing to gender-based violence, which threatens the achievements of many millennium development goals such as access to universal education, eradicating HIV and AIDS?” Remember, the question’s about gender inequalities and what would the US do to assist in closing them. Well, okay. It’s kind of a — it’s a question — you couldn’t diagram that sentence. You could not diagram that. It doesn’t make any sense. The modifiers are all wrong. The syntax is bad. It’s like bad code in an app.
But Obama nevertheless took the question, and here is — dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut — the answer.
OBAMA: This is where sometimes traditions can get in the way. As many of you know my father was from Kenya. We see this in other parts of the world. Some of the old ways of gender relations might have made sense in a particular setting, all right? So in Kenya, for example, in the Luo tribe, polygamy existed. It was based on the idea that women had their own compounds, they had their own land, and so they were empowered in that area to be self-sufficient. And then urbanization happened, suddenly the men may be traveling to the city, and suddenly there is another family in the city and the women who are left back in the villages may not be empowered.
RUSH: No wonder this guy hates the suburbs. No wonder, but that’s a side issue. Did you hear what you just heard? You want me to translate this for you? ‘Cause I am perhaps the only one who can. All right. Listen to it again. Here’s the answer. Forget the question. It’s about gender inequalities and what would the US do to help Africa get rid of ’em, and Obama basically said, “Now, wait a minute. There are certain times, like when my dad was alive, that polygamy, gender inequality, hey, it was cool.”