Thursday, November 06, 2008

Today, Kenya Celebrates A New National Holiday: Barack Obama Day

One great thing about Barack Obama’s election is that through this man, people all over the world are uniquely connected to the United States. Shown above is Kenyan Sarah Obama, Barack Obama's 86 year old step grandmother.

Today has been declared a National Holiday in Kenya. Obama’s father was Kenyan and Obama has four half brothers, in addition to step grandmother, Sarah, who live in Kenya.

Speaking of Obama, the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, said, “We the Kenyan people are immensely proud of your Kenyan roots….Your victory is not only an inspiration to millions of people all over the world, but it has special resonance with us here in Kenya.”

I keep thinking about the one Kenyan I knew personally, fellow Asburian, Solomon Lasoi. He tragically died over twenty years ago, but, I believe, somewhere he is rejoicing. Solomon was Terry's room-mate and Terry has written about Solomon here and here.

I took these pictures from a collection of pictures shown on Huffington Post that shows reactions to Obama’s victory from around the world. Below, children from Obama’s former school in Jakarta, Indonesia, celebrate Obama’s victory.

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