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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 10:59 PM
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LAT: High expectations await Senator Obama in his father's Kenya hometown
High Expectations Await Obama in Kenya
By Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
August 21, 2006

....You can't fault Kenyan officials for wanting to spruce up a little before the eagerly anticipated visit late this week of Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, a rising star in the Democratic Party whose late father hailed from this tiny farming town.

Obama mania is sweeping the nation, particularly in the long-marginalized west, which is preparing a hero's homecoming for the half-Kansan, half-Kenyan. Obama, 45, began a 15-day, five-nation African tour last weekend.

Construction workers are racing to complete the new science lab at the recently rededicated Senator Obama Secondary School. A play based on his best-selling autobiography recently took the stage at Kenya's National Theater. Sales of long-popular "Senator" beer, which locals dubbed "Obama" after his election, have doubled since June, brewery officials said.

The Hawaiian-born Obama met his father only once and last visited Kenya 14 years ago. His support for abortion and gay rights would roil most voters here. But none of that matters to locals, who see Obama as their new favorite son....

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-oba...
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Slyder Donating Member (191 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:34 PM
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1. Half-Kansan
He may be only half-Kansan, but as an Kansan unrelated to the Senator, I am still proud of him! I believe he was raised by his white Kansas-born grandmother in Hawai'i.
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 11:40 PM
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2. Obama has a very bright future with the Democratic Party.
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