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The Zambian Chronicle is extremely excited that we have received an invitation for one of our staff to attend the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America.

 

“The Presidential Inaugural Committee requests the honor of your presence to attend and participate in the Inauguration of Barack H Obama as the President of the United States of America and Joseph R Biden, Jr. as Vice President of the United States of America on Tuesday, the twentieth of January two thousand and nine in the City of Washington”

 

The invitation reads …

inuagural-invite

This is history in making for us and we are excited for the invite but what is more significant is that Barack H Obama is a first generation American born of an African father from Kenya.

 

barackIn other words, he is the first real African blood to take over the helm of the world’s most powerful nation. He has surrounded himself with the best of the best and this will be a testimony to the rest of Africa that we too can lead well.

 

We know fully well how Black America would like to claim and hold on to Barack Obama, for surety they can but the rightful claim comes from Africa. Black America can take Michelle Obama, Barack H Obama is ours to claim, thanks a trillion.

 

Africa from here on has no excuse whatsoever at all. Barack H Obama, part African and part American takes over as one of the youngest Presidents in American history at inauguration. In fact only John F Kennedy beats that record in recent history.

 

For us at the Zambian Chronicle, it all started with the memo; America Votes’08 … Zambian Chronicle Endorses Senator Hillary R Clinton (NY) As The Next President of the United States …. We were all very convinced it was nobody but Hillary.

 

Then, all of a sudden, I got an email from Belliah after Super Tuesday. Mr. Brains, I think we missed the boat here. I am switching camp, I think Obama is the best candidate in this race, Belliah wrote.

 

Simon is solidly behind John McCain, she continued. And Lisa is not sure who she would like to back, she believes the whole world is going to hell and America is right there with it in a hand basket, I retorted.

 

We have a totally disjointed crew, with at least each candidate being supported by one of us, I said. Simon is usually behind the scenes. He is Zamchro’s Chief Legal Counsel (CLC); a board certified attorney and a very cool guy, he is. Tony was not a member of our team yet and so was not privy to the saga.

 

Then Simon followed in and wrote an article why he thought Obama would be the best President of the United States of America – this was a real twist especially that he had always been a republican supporter.

 

The tectonic shift continued with the following week Belliah saying, she wanted to recluse herself from being Managing Editor. She said that she wanted to be as free as possible and thought that she was head over hills over the momentum and thus her editing functions would be biased.

 

I mentioned that once we made the editorial decision to back Hillary we would not retract it. I accepted her decision and informed her that at the end of it all we would eventually support the final winner and continue to report as objectively as we had always done in the past – a multi-media enterprise, we are.

 

I appreciated Belliah’s honesty and that helped keep us stay focused on what our major objective was, to report news and facts as we saw them unfold besides we had made one booboo before and it was not time for another.

 

What was fascinating about the whole process was how, in divergence of views people can still coalesce around a common cause. It was a great learning experience especially that we first-handedly realized how easily all of us could become political junkies and love it …

 

Someone was watching, loyalty and objectivity finally paid off thus the invitation.  In it is written the following, “…The Presidential Inaugural Committee requests the honor of your presence to attend and participate in the Inauguration”. The honest truth is that we are the ones honored to be invited at the time history is in the making.

 

Barack H Obama achieved what many have attempted and failed, we have said it before here and we will recount a thousand times. He made it look like getting the US Presidency was the easiest thing one could do in his life.

 

We wish the new President of the greatest nation on the face of the earth, God Speed. We wish him well; him and his family. And for the rest of us on the African continent, its Showtime …

 

Africa is in charge by proxy and can’t afford to lag behind. We urge all African Presidents on the continent to emulate Barack H Obama and make us all proud.

 

Zambian Chronicle and its team wish to congratulate President-Elect Barack H Obama for becoming the 44th President of the United States of America.

 

Long Live Africa, Long Live Zambia and God bless us all. Live Long & Prosper; that’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion.

 

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO  & President – Zambian Chronicle 

 

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Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, sweeping away the last racial barrier in American politics with ease as the country chose him as its first black chief executive.

The election of Mr. Obama amounted to a national catharsis — a repudiation of a historically unpopular Republican president and his economic and foreign policies, and an embrace of Mr. Obama’s call for a change in the direction and the tone of the country.But it was just as much a strikingly symbolic moment in the evolution of the nation’s fraught racial history, a breakthrough that would have seemed unthinkable just two years ago.

Mr. Obama, 47, a first-term senator from Illinois, defeated Senator John McCain of Arizona, 72, a former prisoner of war who was making his second bid for the presidency.

To the very end, Mr. McCain’s campaign was eclipsed by an opponent who was nothing short of a phenomenon, drawing huge crowds epitomized by the tens of thousands of people who turned out to hear Mr. Obama’s victory speech in Grant Park in Chicago.

Mr. McCain also fought the headwinds of a relentlessly hostile political environment, weighted down with the baggage left to him by President Bush and an economic collapse that took place in the middle of the general election campaign.

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer,” said Mr. Obama, standing before a huge wooden lectern with a row of American flags at his back, casting his eyes to a crowd that stretched far into the Chicago night.

“It’s been a long time coming,” the president-elect added, “but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment, change has come to America.”

Secretary of State, Rice Congratulates Obama

The focus shifted quickly on Wednesday to the daunting challenges facing the president-elect, with his supporters offering sober reflections of what lies ahead.

“We’re in deep trouble,” said Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and leader in the civil rights movement, on the Today show on NBC.

“We’ve got to get our economy out of the ditch, end the war in Iraq and bring our young men and women home, provide health care for all our citizens,” Mr. Lewis said. “And he’s going to call on us, I believe, to sacrifice. We all must give up something.”

Mr. McCain delivered his concession speech under clear skies on the lush lawn of the Arizona Biltmore, in Phoenix, where he and his wife had held their wedding reception. The crowd reacted with scattered boos as he offered his congratulations to Mr. Obama and saluted the historical significance of the moment.

“This is a historic election, and I recognize the significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight,” Mr. McCain said, adding, “We both realize that we have come a long way from the injustices that once stained our nation’s reputation.”

Reverend Jesse Jackson Cries As Obama Is Declared President-Elect …

Not only did Mr. Obama capture the presidency, but he led his party to sharp gains in Congress. This puts Democrats in control of the House, the Senate and the White House for the first time since 1995, when Bill Clinton was in office.

The day shimmered with history as voters began lining up before dawn, hours before polls opened, to take part in the culmination of a campaign that over the course of two years commanded an extraordinary amount of attention from the American public.

As the returns became known, and Mr. Obama passed milestone after milestone —Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Iowa and New Mexico — people rolled spontaneously into the streets to celebrate what many described, with perhaps overstated if understandable exhilaration, a new era in a country where just 143 years ago, Mr. Obama, as a black man, could have been owned as a slave.

For Republicans, especially the conservatives who have dominated the party for nearly three decades, the night represented a bitter setback and left them contemplating where they now stand in American politics.

Republican leaders began on Wednesday what will likely be a lengthy re-examination of their brand, as Democrats hope to shape a long-term realignment of the electoral map.

“Certainly, we have to examine this,” said Rep. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, a Texas Republican, on CNN on Wednesday. “We have to listen to what the people are saying if we’re going to be a forceful voice.”

Mr. Obama and his expanded Democratic majority on Capitol Hill now face the task of governing the country through a difficult period: the likelihood of a deep and prolonged recession, and two wars. He took note of those circumstances in a speech that was notable for its sobriety and its absence of the triumphalism that he might understandably have displayed on a night when he won an Electoral College landslide.

“The road ahead will be long, our climb will be steep,” said Mr. Obama, his audience hushed and attentive, with some, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, wiping tears from their eyes. “We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there.” The roster of defeated Republicans included some notable party moderates, like Senator John E. Sununu of New Hampshire and Representative Christopher Shays of Connecticut, and signaled that the Republican conference convening early next year in Washington will be not only smaller but more conservative.

Mr. Obama will come into office after an election in which he laid out a number of clear promises: to cut taxes for most Americans, to get the United States out of Iraq in a fast and orderly fashion, and to expand health care.

In a recognition of the difficult transition he faces, given the economic crisis, Mr. Obama is expected to begin filling White House jobs as early as this week.

Mr. Obama defeated Mr. McCain in Ohio, a central battleground in American politics, despite a huge effort that brought Mr. McCain and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, back there repeatedly. Mr. Obama had lost the state decisively to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York in the Democratic primary..Mr. McCain failed to take from Mr. Obama the two Democratic states that were at the top of his target list: New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Mr. Obama also held on to Minnesota, the state that played host to the convention that nominated Mr. McCain; Wisconsin; and Michigan, a state Mr. McCain once had in his sights.

The apparent breadth of Mr. Obama’s sweep left Republicans sobered, and his showing in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania stood out because officials in both parties had said that his struggles there in the primary campaign reflected the resistance of blue-collar voters to supporting a black candidate.

“I always thought there was a potential prejudice factor in the state,” Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat of Pennsylvania who was an early Obama supporter, told reporters in Chicago. “I hope this means we washed that away.”

Mr. McCain called Mr. Obama at 10 p.m., Central time, to offer his congratulations. In the call, Mr. Obama said he was eager to sit down and talk; in his concession speech, Mr. McCain said he was ready to help Mr. Obama work through difficult times

“I need your help,” Mr. Obama told his rival, according to an Obama adviser, Robert Gibbs. “You’re a leader on so many important issues.”

Mr. Bush called Mr. Obama shortly after 10 p.m. to congratulate him on his victory.

“I promise to make this a smooth transition,” the president said to Mr. Obama, according to a transcript provided by the White House .”You are about to go on one of the great journeys of life. Congratulations, and go enjoy yourself.”

President Bush Congratulates Obama

For most Americans, the news of Mr. Obama’s election came at 11 p.m., Eastern time, when the networks, waiting for the close of polls in California, declared him the victor. A roar sounded from the 125,000 people gathered in Hutchison Field in Grant Park at the moment that they learned Mr. Obama had been projected the winner.

The scene in Phoenix was decidedly more sour. At several points, Mr. McCain, unsmiling, had to motion his crowd to quiet down — he held out both hands, palms down — when they responded to his words of tribute to Mr. Obama with boos.

Mr. Obama, who watched Mr. McCain’s speech from his hotel room in Chicago, offered a hand to voters who had not supported him in this election, when he took the stage 15 minutes later. “To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn,” he said, “I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president, too.”

Initial signs were that Mr. Obama benefited from a huge turnout of voters, but particularly among blacks. That group made up 13 percent of the electorate, according to surveys of people leaving the polls, compared with 11 percent in 2006.

In North Carolina, Republicans said that the huge surge of African-Americans was one of the big factors that led to Senator Elizabeth Dole, a Republican, losing her re-election bid.

Mr. Obama also did strikingly well among Hispanic voters; Mr. McCain did worse among those voters than Mr. Bush did in 2004. That suggests the damage the Republican Party has suffered among those voters over four years in which Republicans have been at the forefront on the effort to crack down on illegal immigrants.

The election ended what by any definition was one of the most remarkable contests in American political history, drawing what was by every appearance unparalleled public interest.

On Wednesday night in Hong Kong, Colin Powell, former secretary of state in the Bush administration who endorsed Mr. Obama, became emotional, his eyes moistening, while speaking to reporters about the significance of the moment, according to The Associated Press.“The American people are responding with great emotion and with great pride in our system that we have seen this latest step in reconciliation with respect to our relations,” said Mr. Powell to reporters.

“We have not completely reconciled within my society, with my country. But what Mr. Obama represents is the best of America,” he said.

Throughout the day on Tuesday, people lined up at the polls for hours — some showing up before dawn — to cast their votes. Aides to both campaigns said that anecdotal evidence suggested record-high voter turnout.

Reflecting the intensity of the two candidates, Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama took a page from what Mr. Bush did in 2004 and continued to campaign after the polls opened.

Mr. McCain left his home in Arizona after voting early Tuesday to fly to Colorado and New Mexico, two states where Mr. Bush won four years ago but where Mr. Obama waged a spirited battle.

These were symbolically appropriate final campaign stops for Mr. McCain, reflecting the imperative he felt of trying to defend Republican states against a challenge from Mr. Obama.

“Get out there and vote,” Mr. McCain said in Grand Junction, Colo. “I need your help. Volunteer, knock on doors, get your neighbors to the polls, drag them there if you need to.”

By contrast, Mr. Obama flew from his home in Chicago to Indiana, a state that in many ways came to epitomize the audacity of his effort this year. Indiana has not voted for a Democrat since President Lyndon B. Johnson’s landslide victory in 1964, and Mr. Obama made an intense bid for support there. He later returned home to Chicago play basketball, his election-day ritual.

Elisabeth Bumiller contributed reporting from Phoenix, Michael Luo and Marjorie Connelly from New York and Jeff Zeleny from Chicago.

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Sen. Hillary Clinton stands with graduating Pelham Preparatory Academy student Aleatha Williams, right, on Sunday.
Sen. Hillary Clinton stands with graduating Pelham Preparatory Academy student Aleatha Williams, right, on Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fulfilled a pledge to a young supporter by speaking at the teenager’s high school graduation on Sunday.

The girl, Aleatha Williams, a campaign volunteer and the daughter of a supporter, introduced the senator to fellow graduates from Pelham Preparatory Academy in the Bronx as “my aunt.”

Clinton said she had known Aleatha “and her wonderful mother, Patricia,” since the girl was 2 and had promised her when she graduated from eighth grade that she would attend her high school
graduation.

“Four years later, here I am with all of you,” Clinton said.

Clinton, D-New York, ended her campaign for the Democratic nomination for president on June 7 and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, who has clinched the nomination.

She invoked the campaign to urge the 86 graduates to achieve success.

“No one five years ago, no one four years ago when I attended Aleatha’s graduation lunch, could have predicted that an African-American and a woman would have been competing for the presidency of the United States in 2008,” Clinton said.

Pelham Preparatory Academy was founded in 2002 as part of an initiative to improve graduation rates by carving up some of the city’s large high schools into smaller, more manageable units.

 

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who attended the school’s commencement ceremony at nearby Fordham University, said students should always remember that an American hero spoke at their
graduation.

“She changed America’s view of women,” Klein said. “Someday soon, very soon in America, we will have a woman as president. And you know what that woman will say? ‘I would not be here had it not
been for Hillary Rodham Clinton.”‘

Parent Irma Hudson, whose daughter Stephanie Solis was among the graduates, said Clinton’s presence was exciting.

“I think she still serves as a role model for the children in this community,” Hudson said. “You don’t fail, you just keep on trying.”

Filed under: AP • Hillary Clinton • Popular Posts

EBC   June 22nd, 2008 5:11 pm ET
Well DONE Sen. Clinton. Well done.
 
Aidyn   June 22nd, 2008 5:14 pm ET
Thank you Hillary!
 
GREGG LA   June 22nd, 2008 5:14 pm ET
We’re are you HIllary, Politics are so boring without you.
We miss you & luv u,
 
Conservatist Rule   June 22nd, 2008 5:17 pm ET
I hope that school teaches soldiering skills. If McCain says that we need to stay in Iraq, Afghoniston, and Iran for over 100 years, then so be it. I’d rather not have to submit to any mooslims – they can have their leader, Borat Hussein Osama.
 
Lisa   June 22nd, 2008 5:18 pm ET
Hillary we miss you!!! Please don’t leaves us with these clowns!!!
 
still the best   June 22nd, 2008 5:18 pm ET
Love you Hillary.No true HRC supporter will ever vote for Obama now.

He lost us when he thought it was so cute and clever to trash you.

We miss you.

Take care and God bless.

Rise, Hillary, Rise

 
lisa, Austin Texas   June 22nd, 2008 5:18 pm ET
Pretty awesome Senator Clinton!Obama ’08
 
Loretta from California   June 22nd, 2008 5:19 pm ET
OOOOps Posted to wrong blog: ).
Thank you Senator Clinton for being such an inspiration to so many.
 
Charlotte   June 22nd, 2008 5:20 pm ET
That’s my girl, a woman you can count on. A woman who should be the nominee! I will write her name on my ballot in November, yes I will.
 
Doris,Memphis,TN   June 22nd, 2008 5:20 pm ET
Maybe her unfavorable rating will decrease by a point!
 
Rise on   June 22nd, 2008 5:20 pm ET
Woman shine on. You are the ONLY candidate worth voting for.We know what the Obama campaign, the biased media, and the corrupt DNC did to you.

We will not condone the savaging of a true democrat and a champion of the people- least of all by other “democrats”.

Love you Hillary.

God know the injustice that was done to you.

 
Jen, CA   June 22nd, 2008 5:21 pm ET
I voted Clinton in the primaries because I really didn’t know much about Obama. Now that I know A LOT about Obama, I will vote McCain.
 
Olivia   June 22nd, 2008 5:21 pm ET
Ms. Clinton is truly a remarkable woman. I am still a strong supporters of hers. She was/is the strongest candidate to run this country. I will not ever forget how she was betrayed by the DNC.
 
Mike   June 22nd, 2008 5:23 pm ET
Sen. Clinton is great and fulfilled promises she made in past. There are millions of supporters proud of her. These supporters will not be transition to Sen. Obama unless Sen. Clinton is on the joint ticket. Otherwise, these supporters will vote Sen.John McCain to make double impact.
 
The BEST   June 22nd, 2008 5:23 pm ET
Rebel Girl.We love your spirit, your strength and your dedication.

We despised the hatred shown to you.

We will, we will PROTEST….

DNC heed the call. No fixed primaries. No hating on fellow democrats. No unity until that day arrives.

The DNC trashed its best hope and lost the support of her supporters not just this election but for a long time to come.

 
Lisa   June 22nd, 2008 5:23 pm ET
Hillary for President!!
 
Jean   June 22nd, 2008 5:23 pm ET
Way to go Hillary. Always an inspiration.
 
Interesting   June 22nd, 2008 5:24 pm ET
Now that is a person who stayed true to her word.Definitely a supporter and expect my party’s representative to do the same. Unfortunately, we don’t have that with the current DNC choice. Well, there is always 2012.
 
A.J. Edge   June 22nd, 2008 5:24 pm ET
I MISS YOU! Here’s hoping to VP!
 
Still for Hill but now ONLY for Hill   June 22nd, 2008 5:24 pm ET
Senator….
you are beautiful.You and ONLY you have my vote.
 
Zachary Smith   June 22nd, 2008 5:24 pm ET
You know, my respect for Hillary has just grown and grown after the suspension speech after Obama clinched the nomination. I hope that she is a high-ranking official in his administration. With her extensive foreign policy experience as First Lady, she could be a great Secretary of State. Or, she could champion universal health care as Secretary of Health and Human Services. And if not those–she’ll be the next Ted Kennedy, a powerhouse in the Senate. Perhaps one day even a Supreme Court justice (people forget her legal experience before politics).
What an amazing woman. Hillary voters, please support the party she worked so hard for, and vote Obama and vote Democrat in the fall.
 
bring back HRC   June 22nd, 2008 5:25 pm ET
My champion.My hero.

Lead on with grace and poise and true concern and love.

Obama the imposter will NOT prevail.

We are with you.

 
Jen   June 22nd, 2008 5:26 pm ET
I miss you HillaryGod I love her.
 
Erica from GA   June 22nd, 2008 5:27 pm ET
Now that’s the HRC I wanted to see in the primaries.
 
Take it to the convention   June 22nd, 2008 5:27 pm ET
FIGHT AT THE CONVENTION.This injustice and hatred shall not become the means to winning nominations in the democratic party.

We do not support swiftboating of democrats by other democrats.

WE LOVE YOU AND KNOW YOU ARE THE BEST

 
Lisa   June 22nd, 2008 5:28 pm ET
Obama do us all a favor and drop out!!!
 
Marie in California   June 22nd, 2008 5:28 pm ET
Good to hear about you, HIllary! Sorry you’re not the Democratic nominee. Very, very sorry. I supported you all the way.I can’t possibly vote for Obama, so now my vote will have to go to McCain. And I’m NOT sorry about that!
 
Hillocrat, Ohio   June 22nd, 2008 5:28 pm ET
OMG I am soooooo jealous!!!love ya Hilldog !!!
 
Take it to the convention   June 22nd, 2008 5:28 pm ET
I admire you more and more every single day.Don’t think the haters have won…

They have not.

God knows… and millions will vote against this injustice.

 
Ron   June 22nd, 2008 5:29 pm ET
America needs you someone with real action and not just speaches. Thanks for all the great work.
 
Obama 2008!!!   June 22nd, 2008 5:30 pm ET
We love you and admire you Hilliary. No hard feelings here!!!
 
No more hate   June 22nd, 2008 5:31 pm ET
This new democratic party is full of hate and trickery.Bring back the traditional democrats who took a stand and fought for what they believe in.

No more winning by cheating and insults and demeaning your opponent. No more cocky, boastful self-impressed demagogues.

Hillary you will always be the winner.

 
John Corboy   June 22nd, 2008 5:32 pm ET
HIllary,what a way to hold up a promise.

good hearted politician, there are not many of them

 
Olivia   June 22nd, 2008 5:33 pm ET
Doesn’t surprise me that you keep your word, Hillary.
That is what you are all about, and you have my affection and respect.
 
N.   June 22nd, 2008 5:34 pm ET
Though I am an Obama supporter, I applaud Hillary these past few weeks since she has dropped out. She is keeping to her promise to keep the party together for Nov. and will campaign for Obama. Stories like this one shows that when the smoke clears Hillary is really a kind, caring person who loves her constituency as much as they love her!
 
wait and see   June 22nd, 2008 5:34 pm ET
If not for hate from the Obama democrats…She would be our first female president.

The best candidate got trashed and bashed out of the game.

We will see what God has to say about that.

 
tracy   June 22nd, 2008 5:35 pm ET
I am so sad that we won’t get to see what a great job Senator Clinton would have done in the presidency — at least for another 4 more years.
 
Baracka O’Mami   June 22nd, 2008 5:35 pm ET
Such a beautiful thing to do. Hillary is a trailblazer…
 
Paul   June 22nd, 2008 5:36 pm ET
As a strong supporter of Obama I respect Clinton more now than I ever did before the primaries.
 
JIMBO   June 22nd, 2008 5:36 pm ET
We r stil loyal to you Hillary. Your time will come and then we all can rejoice !!! Be proud of all that you have accomplished. You have touched many lives !!!
 
Charles   June 22nd, 2008 5:36 pm ET
Hilliary,We do miss you. Though a Obama supporter, had you became our nominee I would have supported you 100%. You have opened doors for my nieces and many other women that they can be anything that they want to be. I am glad to see you support Barack and I have donated to help you pay down your debt. Let us all bring down the Republicians.

Source: CNN – Clinton fulfills girl’s graduation wish

By Zamchro Correspondent

I found this article on-line published by Nairobi Daily News,  Kenya. The article in Bold was written by

Tajudeen is deputy director UN Millennium Campaign, Africa.


A quote by African opinonist  Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem:

There is a carnivalesque celebration across Africa about Senator Barrack Obama becoming the Presidential candidate for the Democrats in next November’s elections in the US.

The excitement is such that one would be forgiven for thinking that Obama was about to be sworn in. The enthusiasm ignores the fact that he is yet to be formally adopted and still has an election to fight against the Republicans. Nowhere is this excitement more infectious than in Kenya, the homeland of Obama’s father.

Quote from Daily news -Nairobi Opinion:

“Kenyans are not alone. I am not sure how many of the millions of Africans now jubilating about Obama’s possible victory, would be that enthusiastic were Obama to be standing for office in their own countries. Can you imagine an Obama as a presidential candidate in Ivory Coast?”

Would he not be reminded that he is not African enough? How could he pass the ‘ivoirite’ test when even a former Prime Minister of the country, born in the country was disqualified? If Obama had stood in a Nigerian election would he have generated the same mass adulation?

This is a continent in which a former President (Kenneth Kaunda), founding father of Zambia and a man who served as President for 25 years, had his citizenship stripped by his successor Chiluba (a small-minded small man) because his parents allegedly came from a neighbouring country (not even another continent) The former President of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa, had the citizenship of a number of Tanzanians annulled because they (or he suspected that they) disagreed with him politically.”

Zambians did not strip the first Zambian President Dr K Kaunda’s citizenship. He ruled Zambia for 27 years. It was just time for change, unfortunately, there was only Chiluba who came forward to challenge his long leadership. Though Mr Chiluba was just another hypocrite. What ever treament he gave Dr K Kaunda, has come back to bite his own butt.

As part of his campaign of prolonging his gerontocracy, President Mugabe stripped many Zimbabweans of their citizenship. The journalist Trevor Ncube was declared a Malawian, but his siblings who were not considered sympathisers of the opposition, remained Zimbabweans.

Ethiopia and Eritrea shamelessly engaged in tit for tat denationalisation of innocent citizens because of the senseless war between the two leaders. There are so many examples of routine denial of citizenship across Africa.”

The ease with which political opponents are foreignised in Africa would never permit Obama to dream of becoming a local councillor, let alone aspiring for the Presidency in an African country. Even within the same country, claims of who is an indigene, a settler, a resident, and so on, are used to disempower fellow citizens.”

 

 

Posted: 03:00 PM ET
From CNN AP

Gore has not ruled out a future presidential run.

Gore has not ruled out a future presidential run.

(CNN) — After remaining neutral throughout the Democratic primary season, former Vice President Al Gore is officially backing Barack Obama’s presidential run, and will appear with him at a Michigan campaign event Monday night.

“A few hours from now I will step on stage in Detroit, Michigan to announce my support for Senator Barack Obama,” said the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee in a fundraising e-mail sent to supporters Monday. “From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected President of the United States.”

Former presidential candidate John Edwards also announced his decision to endorse Obama at a rally in the crucial fall swing state

If you can not believe by now that Obama is a uniter. Check this out. Obama in Japan.

THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE

Powell tells B.C. crowd he might vote for Obama

VANCOUVER — Colin Powell, the former Republican secretary of state, says he is not ruling out a vote for Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic nominee for president.

While Mr. Powell served in the administrations of two Republican presidents, he suggested yesterday his support for presumed Republican nominee John McCain is not a forgone conclusion.

He noted that although both he and Mr. Obama are black, he would not cast a vote for the Illinois senator on the basis of race. “I will vote for the individual I think that brings the best set of tools to the problems of 21st-century America and the 21st-century world regardless of party, regardless of anything else other than the most qualified candidate,” Mr. Powell said at a news conference before delivering a speech to about 800 people attending a leadership forum at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

“Both of them certainly have the qualifications to be the president of the United States, but both of them cannot be,” he said.

A 35-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Powell also noted he would not necessarily support Mr. McCain because of his extensive military service.

Asked whether he thought it was a difficult choice, he said: “I think so. Yes.”

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