Obama. Lets not get carried away

2016, a tired Obama is seated at his desk in the oval office right behind the naval seal with a satisfied smile on his face, ready to hand over power. Maybe even to Chelsea Clinton. Yes. He has done it. Become the first black president of the free world. He looks around and tries to take it all in. He looks at the door and remembers way back in 2008 when he had first walked through it, and how nervous he was. Yes, he has come a long way. If only he can keep his eyes tightly shut, him and a million other people out there really, the dream will not go away. Because right now, all anyone can do is dream.

Here is the reality. After a drawn out contest, a first if its kind on whatever front you look at it- in one corner, a female presidential candidate and in the other blue corner, a black candidate- Obama came out victorious as the front runner for the U.S presidency on the democratic party ticket. The fat lady had finally sung, and what a tune she had belted out!


The morning after he won the democratic nomination, he was all everyone was talking about. From local TV and FM stations, the taxi driver chatting enthusiastically to his conductor, the leading dailies, and even talk among women who are normally far removed from the political surroundings (although to be fair they were discussing his looks). The Obama drug was taking effect. It was as if the prices of fuel, food and the northern war peace treaty (or lack thereof) no longer seemed to matter. Ugandans had embraced Obama.

This is worrying on so many fronts. One that we almost seem more enthusiastic about it than our neighbors in Kenya and he is afterall their cousin. Kind of like that woman who howls, wails and threatens to kill herself at the death of her stepchild when the child’s mother is weeping quietly in a corner. Two, that Obama’s election will not change the situation here. Honest, those potholes will remain. Three, that Zimbabwe is still being led by a tyrant, Ugandans have not won any gold medals at the olympics, there is a crisis in Darfur, and yet we channel our energies in the Obama campaign. Four that he is still only just a candidate.

All that enthusiasm is not going to pay off in the end. I hate to disappoint all of you enthusiasts, but your opinion as Ugandans matters only so much. Reminds me of the last US presidential elections, how a certain tabloid here ran an editorial on Election Day that read, “Here at (insert tabloid name) we support John Kerry.” I bet John Kerry wrote them a letter later thanking them for their support. I bet he didn’t.

Right now, the best thing he has going for him is that he is an underdog in this contest and people love a good David conquers Goliath story. That could get him elected. But only just.

So while we hold our breaths, let us not look at him as our salvation. If (yes, if) elected, he will probably stay as far away from Africa as possible just so he is not accused of being partisan. Lets face it. He is just another politician, whose biggest agenda right now is to be in the books of history. Let us not get ahead of ourselves now.

Have a beautiful weekend

13 loungers burdening me:

antipop said...

i can has get these socks

antipop said...

oh what the hell! let me get the seconds too!

The Dark Knight said...

LOL!!!

Your own socks. That is what you get for posting duing unholy hours (after 5pm on a friday)

Off to read.

James Tubman said...

thats the smartest thing ive heard someone say about the golden child obama

"he's just another politician"

that is all he is. period

Princess said...

Hi!

*Yep! Obama's kind of appeal has a rather surreal quality to it.Like that you acknowledged that he could actually win. :-)

nahjaj said...

oh wow antipop my feelings are hurt :-( I am a big Obama fan... not that matters since I can't vote. However, it's about choosing the lesser evil. McCain is just the devil as far as I am concerned. He doesnt care about anyone. Obama on the other hand is saying things make him sound like he could be a decent president. since he's a politician i don't know how much ,if any ,i should believe but i just DONT like McCain so Obama it is!!! No one can fix the problems the human race is facing. It's all downhill until God comes my dear. We have sun out of control and can't stop ourselves.

nahjaj said...

spun*

Disco Muthenya said...

i think Mcain IS the lesser evil simply because he is the devil we know.he's an old white guy who will be concern only about his own just like those who have gone before him.none of us has any idea what obama is capable of which for me is more scary than another war.Kenyans are setting themselves up for yet another disappointment in the span of less than two years- asiyefunzwa na mamaye, afunzwa na ulimwengu!

Carlo said...

Wow, some politics from Antipop. Nice. I like. And I am still crossing my fingers for the unbelievable. Because I don't believe Obama will win, but I also hope he does. Just to disprove me.

31337 said...

politicos. me no speaka politics.

greamhouze said...

I really dont care if he is elected or not. The things that gives me pain in this world will not change like fuel prices and nasty matatu rides

DeTamble said...

Antipop, stop taking your own damn socks.

Edmund said...

Well well well...Antipop on the wrong side of the coin this time....but the last arguement of Obama keeping away from Africa could be very possible....

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