OBAMA IN KENYA: Former President No Match For Step-Granny On Dance Floor
By Chris Spargo
Barack Obama continued his tour of Kenya on Monday, heading off to the village of Kogelo in the western area of the country to open his new youth center.
He joined up with his half-sister Auma Obama as well as his step-grandmother Sarah, 96, for a day of speeches, games and even a little dancing at the launch event for the Sauti Kuu center.
The dancing came courtesy of Obama, who gave the crowd his best dad moves when called up on stage for an impromptu dance.
He then called Sarah up to join him, and within seconds the former president had been eclipsed as the nonagenarian commanded the floor with a series of traditional dance moves.
Not being wowed by Sarah, however, were Michelle and Sasha Obama, who chose instead to stay in Paris where one night prior they were wowed by the one-and-only Beyonce, as she performed in concert.
The new youth center is being run by Auma through her charitable foundation.
‘Sauti Kuu’s goal is to create a platform for disadvantaged children and young people worldwide that allows them to uncover their strengths and realize their full potential to live independent successful lives,’ reads the center’s website.
‘Our aim is to help children and young people, in particular those from rural communities and urban slums, to discover the strength of their own voices and the power they have to positively change their lives.’
In his speech, Obama stated that he ‘couldn’t be prouder of what my sister has built.’
Obama also got a chance to visit his old family home while in Kenya on Monday, something he was unable to do during his last visit in 2015 because Air Force One was too big to land in an nearby airfields.
‘It is a joy to be back with so many people who are family to me, and so many people who claim to be family. Everybody’s a cousin!’ Obama told the crowd of villagers and reporters.
He also recounted his first trip to the area while in his twenties, from the slow train out to the village in a car filled with chicken and sweet potatoes, to having to killed those chickens just before dinner if he wanted to eat.
Sarah has become a celebrity in the village ever since the election, a role that the third wife of Barack’s grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama seems to enjoy.
Obama did not have a close relationship with his economist father, who left when he was just two and soon returned to Kenya.
He passed away at the age of 46 soon after following a car crash in Nairobi back in 1982.
Obama does seem to take after his father though, who worked for the administration of Kenya leader Jomo Kenyatta, who led the country for 14 years after they broke free from the British monarchy.
Uhuru Kenyatta, the current president, had a deep dislike for the politics of Obama’s father and his boss, but that did not stop the former president from placing a courtesy phone call to him when he arrived in the country.