Mistresses, (Kenyan) Presidents and Birth Certificates

In politics, the higher you rise, the more every little thing that is said or rumoured about you, becomes an national issue. Bearing in mind that as a political figure, your life is no longer your own and that every single personal detail is no longer personal or private and becomes a matter of national interest. Therefore whenever an issue arises, it is your duty not only to respond but more so to officially set the record straight which in certain circumstances may require furnishing proof. This leads us to the green document pictured above: Barack Obama’s Certificate of Live Birth.

He’s not Kenyan. He’s not an alien. Case closed.

In fact I’m surprised he waited this long to produce a document that’s been in his possession all this time. Then again, he probably thought that Americans, especially conservative Republicans like Trump would rise above petty politics and focus on the grave challenges facing the US. I guess he was wrong. Ofcourse he was wrong! 2012 is election year in the US so the mud-slinging and vigorous campaigning has only just begun.

There was something amusing about seeing a visibly frustrated but restrained Obama hold a press conference to announce the release of his original birth certificate, to prove that he is eligible to hold his office even as he eyes re-election a year or so from now. But in all fairness, he did what any other president would have done in his position. If anything, Obama’s press conference yesterday is reminiscent of another infamous press conference by his (Kenyan) counterpart, Mwai Kibaki.

Some years back, President Kibaki appeared on National tv to proclaim that he only had one wife: Lucy Kibaki in order to quell growing talk that he had another “wife” and another “family” elsewhere. This is what presidents have to do when the public exercise their all-encompassing “right to know” and presidents have no choice but to address all issues deemed “matters of national interest”. Kibaki had to formally distance himself from his other “wife” and “family” so as to convince the country that he was firmly committed to his Christian values and that he does not endorse polygamy.

While we’re on the subject, I hope Martha Karua is taking note of what it would means for her if she were to be elected President. No subject is off-limits, no matter is too private, no issue is too personal and once we elect you, we are entitled to full access to all information pertaining to your life, your family and your household. Yes, we “own” you.

5 thoughts on “Mistresses, (Kenyan) Presidents and Birth Certificates

  1. For Martha Karua, I want her to talk about her role in 2007. Have her point of view out there so that it can’t be used against her when the mud slinging begins.

    Been reading about the Obama Birther debacle and some people seem to think the timing was great cos it’s helped elevate him in Republican eyes so he might end up being a front runner against Obama in 2012, the easiest candidate for Obama to beat.

    If I was given a choice between being in US and Kenya in 2012, I would want to be in US, it’s going to get so much more interesting and at least there’s no danger of post election violence.

    • You’re not alone on that.

      Everyone wants to know about that dark period in 2007-2008 where she openly rubbished talks of mediation or a coalition government. Those clips of telling ODM guys “Go to court” left a bitter taste in alot of peoples’ mouths.
      Although, according to her, she claims that she genuinely believed that Kibaki won the elections.

      Her campaign team are going to have to come up with a convincing way of dealing with that issue.

  2. Next issue we want his transcripts cos he couldnt have gone into columbia and harvard all on his own…black people are not supposed to be that smart…let alone become president…it must be a well engineered conspiracy, americans we duped and woke up to a black president with a weird name….and they say birthers are not motivated by race. At the back of their minds, ONLY an out of this world conspiracy can explain how obama became president….a man they could have lynched in some parts of the country as late as 1968…these !@#$%^&* make me mad….meanwhile the country has real serious issues but they would rather entertain crazy people who perpetuate nonsense

    • I share your sentiments! It’s a sad state of affairs. But it is up to Americans themselves to tell their leaders to stop latching on to non-issues and focus their time and attention to pressing national matters.

  3. Public office is indeed a double edged sword… the moment you even show the slightest interest for any office, people start to dig up all sorts of “dossiers” on you – even as far as kindergarten. Perhaps we forget that they are human with their own flaws and preferences…At this rate, what a presidential candidate takes for supper will be one of the factors swaying 2012 elections..

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