Obama urges 'path of peace' in Kenya: The Swamp
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Posted January 29, 2008 11:12 AM
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by Christi Parsons

Amid a brutal cycle of killings in Kenya, Barack Obama late last night appealed to Kenyans to renounce violence and “follow a path of peace.”

In a radio address to his father’s home country, the Democratic presidential candidate said that the post-election violence there bears “no resemblance to the Kenya I know and carry with me.”

“The rule of law and the rights of the Kenyan people, including freedom of the media and the freedom of peaceful assembly, must be restored,” Obama said in his address. “The opposition must turn away from the path of mass protest and violence in seeking participation in government.”

Obama said President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga should sit down and talk “unconditionally,” and he urged them to “welcome the assistance if your concerned friends.”

His address comes as the death toll from the last five days of fighting rose to 85 in western Kenya, as gangs of machete-wielding young men from Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe hunted down and killed people from Odinga's Luo tribe. The murders were reported to be revenge killings for violence against Kikuyus.

Aides to Obama said he gave the statement after consulting with U.S. Ambassador Mike Rannenberger, at the U.S. embassy in Nairobi. The address was broadcast live during the morning commute in Kenya on Capital FM Radio in Nairobi.

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Obama's urging will be about as useful as a mosquito on a 747. Or about as useful as his prior pronouncements on the killing in Kenya.

If Obama's magic voice can't bring peace to his Kenyan homeland, how does anybody expect his words to bring peace to the Middle East?

Meanwhile, for the poetry inclined, a little Obama poem:


I see enthusiastic youth arranged,
In legions for the future of the nation;
And elderly conservatives deranged,
By Clinton, whom I'm sending on vacation.

O, let us come together, hand in hand,
Dispensing with the soldier and the hater;
Progressivism triumphs in the land!
Though details of my policy come later.

I'll tax and spend as often as I dare;
For that, I'll need Congressional approval;
A little from the voters, here and there,
But most of it from equity removal.

Audaciously succeed! We know we can;
And if we fail, just blame it on The Man."

by Robert Allgeyer (courtesy NRO)

Kenya needs peace...Obama has a unique ability to bring people together... However, I fear that Kenya is too out of control at the moment...

So the voice of hope and change cares more about the Kenyans than about the poor end elderly he was supposedly representing?

NAHH... He's just pretending he cares about Kenya... makes him look presidential.


Dont know how many others are as incensed as I am about these chain emails being sent to religious groups and others that question Sen. Barack Obamas patriotism and religious beliefs. (See press link to last weeks open letter from Jewish groups being bombarded with these emails: http://www.adl.org/internet/Letter_obama.asp)

The use of the Internet to spread false information about a political candidate--- and thus to affect the outcome of an election--- is particularly abhorrent to me.

We cannot regress to old-style dirty tricks. In the public interest, we need to get behind these emails---and identify who originated them.

If you have received such an email, please forward it to me.


Say, we've been treated to posts in the Swamp lately about a few Kennedys and Toni Morrison endorsing Obama.

How about just one post stating how Robert Kennedy, Jr., Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and the influential poet Maya Angelou have all come out and supported Hillary in the last week?

Maya even wrote a poem to her friend Oprah all about it. There's your hook, Swamp. C'mon, at least TRY to appear unbiased.


Would Obama have said anything if he wasn't running for President? Would the press have published his words even if he had?

He needs to posture and pose. It's all politics.

"OBAMA PORTRAIT MUSIC VIDEO" on Youtube - Don't Miss It!

For those of you who still have not heard:

There is a WONDERFUL and INSPIRING music video on Youtube.com entitled "Obama Portrait Music Video by Bjarne O."
You can use the free downloaded high-quality stereo version from the composer's website in DVD form to show at house parties and fundraisers. Even people who knew nothing at all about Obama have been moved: either a thrilling introduction, or further inspiration for those of us who already know and fight for Obama.
The music soundtrack, which incorporates excerpts from the famous 2004 speech, can also be downloaded separately in high-quality.





"OBAMA PORTRAIT MUSIC VIDEO" on Youtube - Don't Miss It!

Posted by: annevilla | January 29, 2008 3:57 PM

Barack Obama: Star of YouTube and the Britney Spears of Politics!

Kenya should hire the British to run the country again. With British constables on patrol, there won't be any machete slaughters. And maybe, just maybe, this once great country will be restored to the rule of law and development of its resource for the common good. Anyone else have a better solution? What they've been doing sure as heck isn't working.

So the voice of hope and change cares more about the Kenyans than about the poor end elderly he was supposedly representing?

NAHH... He's just pretending he cares about Kenya... makes him look presidential.

Whoever posted the lame comment above needs to grow a brain.... Obama cares about making the world a better place. He has family in Kenya, of course he cares. To insinuate he cares MORE about Kenya is ridiculous... Grow a brain my friend... If he didn't care there would be something wrong with him...

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