There are a few fundamental truths that Kenyans and the World at large just cannot seem to come to grasps with regarding O.B. I feel it critical that we come to terms with these before being able to properly appreciate the man, the phenomenon, the president.
Obama is NOT Kenyan
Remember when Obama won the elections and the World trembled slightly as billions rejoiced. I doubt there was any celebration greater than that which took place on Kenyan soil.
Because his sperm donor of a father, who never really raised him, was Kenyan? I fail to see how that justifies the éclat and pride witnessed among our people. Yeah, his family has the right to celebrate, but outside them, the rest of you are really just hitchhikers.
It’s obvious that more important than his dismal Kenyan heritage was his illustrious fame and standing. Kenyans wouldn’t care if he was just a lawyer in New York or a teacher in Hawaii. They wouldn’t try to bail him out of poverty if he was a male stripper in Conneticut, and wouldn’t send prayers his way if he was a drug addict in Florida. But he’s a Senator cum President. Methinks that be more of interest than his Kenyan blood, no?
Besides, last I checked, he wasn’t exactly very fond of this country. Didn’t he completely avoid it during his last visit to Africa?
Obama is NOT Black
White man, White woman, White baby.
White man, Black woman, Black baby.
Black man, White woman, Black baby.
Black man, Black woman, Black baby.
I remember hearing that quote on “Fear of a Black Planet” when I was growing up and thinking “That’s not right.” The logic stems primarily from the ‘One-Drop Rule’ and the racist notion that the ‘White’ race was a pure one, and any other race, especially the ‘Black’ one was impure. Meaning, regardless of what race you were, Hispanic, Amerindian, Asian, Martian; if you bred with a white person, your child would take your race. However, your child would be Black if you got intimate with an African. Because once you go Black, you never go Back.
What’s weirder is that it’s 2010 and the lot of you still inadvertently use Willie Lynch doctrines to determine Obama’s race. The man was born mixed, raised Hawaiian by a White mother and grandmother and a largely Caucasian family. But he’s Black because of his father, his skin color and because he plays basketball and listens to Jay-Z.
No, he’s not Black. He’s not White. And that’s really what’s great about him. He’s a unifying element. The actually reality of America; that so many people are mixed, race should be an issue. But the more we try to put him in a box, the more we dilute that adhesive positivity he could bring to race relations.
Obama is NOT Like You
Just to pick up on the above, Obama is one of a kind. His racial and cultural background, his diverse upbring, his education, his struggles; few can honestly say they relate to his experience. At the same time, so many say they understand him. The privileged college kids see themselves in him just the same as the lower-middle class social workers. The Black kid in a white school feels his pain in the same way a nerdy White kid getting bullied does. But when you think about it, if we are the sum of our experiences, how different is his life from yours?
Well, is your family worth a couple of million US$? Do you have a Doctorate in Law from Havard? Can you even afford to go to Havard? Have you ever been hated by both Black and White people? Are you American with family in both Indonesia and Kenya?
With that in mind, ponder if you will, how different his motivations and perspectives would be from the average person’s. How differing his opinions and intuitions are from yours. Is this really the man you want to trust to bring the change YOU want? His priorities are entirely different and his position amplifies that to distortion. Ergo, that man sitting on the chair speaks and understands a completely different language than yours. Whereas you’re thinking “World Peace” and “Lower Gas Prices”, he’s contemplating his approval rating and his next speech.
He’s just another politician, but unlike the others, he’s unpredictable. And that’s not always good. It’s better than the norm. But he’s still just a suit in a room full of suits.
Obama is NOT Neo from The Matrix
You would think this man was the Messiah reincarnate, how people look to him to save the world. I’m going to repeat what I said before.
He’s just another politician.
It’s hard to swallow, but think about it. What real change can a man bring to an American government without being a revolutionary? And a hated one, at that. He’s sitting there, playing it real smooth, shmoozing and politicking, sneaking in a few good policies and a lot of bad ones and we KNEW this was going to happen from the moment he based his campaign on things that could not be tangibly measured. “Hope” and “Change”.
But now look at him. Yeah, he’s done a great PR job for the country and by God he can speak his ass off, but…what of the change? More troops deployed, more government spending, a butchered health reform….I’m feeling slightly swindled, are you?
Especially if you’re Kenyan. A friend of mine had a sticker on his car that said “Obama is my homie.”
No he ain’t.
He’s just a man with a job to do and a very…weak foothold. He tries to please everybody, you included, but when push comes to shove, watch how quickly he’ll sell you out for peace of mind. And I bet you were at home clapping.
Look, he doesn’t hate you, but he’s not all too fond of you. You know that cousin of yours that you only relate to because he’s your family, but if that weren’t the case, you’d spend all day insulting him and cracking jokes about him…Not because you hate dude either, just because he’s that far removed from where you are now?
And to a lesser degree, that’s the rest of the World. Until America re-establishes itself as the greatest country in the world(not happening) they will be kissing a whole lot of international ass. Do not mistake desperation for friendliness.
Just focus one what you need to do. As a person, as a people, as a country, as a continent.
“If they’re going to help you, they’ll only do it if you’re helping yourself.”