Obama My Brother the President in Africa! Recast to Recapture Legacy

2015-07-28 17:34

Whew! Talk of a fine gentleman!

President Barack Obama is so good; he is almost generous to a fault!

President Barack Obama is the epitome of coolness. He is all that Maureen Dowd of The New York Times says he is: “Cool Hand Barack”.

President Obama is an exemplification of human refinements. A very courteous, gracious and charitable all round nice guy!

Should we attribute all these human qualities to the African DNA, and combined with the fact that as a young man of 25 years of age he lived in the African village of Kogelo for more than half a year? It it undeniable that his connections with Africa played a great role of who he is and what made him elected as president. He came in handy when Americans were looking this time around, a humane president.

So how do we write an authoritative and reliable report about his recent forays into Africa: his only visit to Kenya as president of the United States, and his visit to Ethiopia to become the first American president to speak at the august African body: the African Union?

In Kenya - the scene was very moving!

Barack Obama's sister Auma in a packed Kenyan stadium introduced President Obama his brother in great delight: "He is one of us and we are happy to share him with the world because he is not just ours and on behalf of my family and on behalf of all of Kenyans, I would like to thank the American people for trusting Barack our son to lead them all these years”

Obama stood up and talked about himself being the first Kenyan American president.

He ate nyama choma, ugali, chapati and nyoyo.

Later in the afternoon he drove around the streets of Nairobi with his sister in the palacious tantalizing American presidential limousine called The Beast. What were they talking about? Family matters and matters of the heart!

Throughout his stay in Kenya there were no high profile statements, just hugs, and bunters and empathies.  No blusters, no blathers, no blabbers!

He joked that back home in America perhaps they are thinking that he is in Kenya to look for his birth certificate: “I suspect that some of my critics back home are suggesting that I’m back here to look for my birth certificate, “That is not the case.” .

He believes that Africa is destined for development, advancement and greatness. He talked about Africa with fervor, vigor and a vibrant sense. As he talked about Africa in such glowing terms I thought about his book: The Audacity of Hope.

Many friends I spoke with in Kenya after personally meeting President Obama and shaking hands with him had wonderful things to say. They repeatedly with joy described him in glowing terms, his demeanour, his good naturalness as a human being and his acute deep awareness of the concerns and plights with the challenges faced by the ordinary folks as they go about their daily struggles of living.

All through his meetings he set in Kenya and Ethiopia President Obama showed class and grace.

In many ways, what Barack Obama revealed throughout his visit of Kenya and Ethiopia was that he was here to recapture his legacy as a humane person.

For period now going to 8 years Barack Obama as president has been submerged in executive orders some of which cut through deep against his personal qualities he is known for - humble friendly open hearted human being.

President Obama inherited three major wars; a war in Afghanistan and another in Iraq. And of course the third was the domestic situation in American, which arose as a result of the financial meltdown and the economic debacle which ensued in the aftermath of the American financial market and economic turn down.

It will be recalled that millions of tongues wagged in the United States and worldwide, when President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. When receiving the Nobel Prize the body language Obama displayed was obvious to some. It was as if he was saying to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, thank you for the peace prize, but unfortunately, I have wars to fight!

President Barack Obama is brilliant and his intelligence is so luminously incandescent! Throughout his presidency he has recast himself and developed other qualities, such as the skills for delicate balancing acts and his suave Olympian neutrality so as to deal positively and constructively with the Republicans, his sneering political opponents.

It is such issues that made his native natural talents and qualities of humanity to be shrouded in most of the time of his presidency.

The native qualities and talents of Barack Obama is being a people oriented person. He was mostly elected as president of America because he had values that most Americans thought they are losing on the main. Barack Obama was suitable because he was varied in many ways.

His legacy is that of humanity not hard facts of management and wars.

It is often said that it is not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog that matters during a fight. With Barack Obama during the presidential elections it was not the size of the politician in the human but the size of the human in the politician. The age of the human is here. And with this age Americans put an end to legacies of tyrants like George Bush and hard facts managers like Mitt Romney and embraced the humanity of Barack Obama.

Being a human being is what Barack Obama is about. People are desperately looking to be led by humans that are true to what it means to be human. And that is the lessons Barack Obama wanted to impart to the African leaders in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia at the African Union. He talked about issues that touches on ubuntu. Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. Ubuntu further means that people are people through other people.

Ubuntu in Kenyan lexicography is harambee, which Barack Obama talked about while in Kenya. Harambee means to pull or push together.Everyone echoes this same word when a collective effort is made for the common good, such as helping a family in need, or the construction of a school or a church. Everyone does what they can, with their personal effort, with donations in cash or in kind, “all for one” – all give and all receive.

In essence Barack Obama is the epitome of Excellence, Integrity and Humanity.

He is the modern leader who has practically demonstrated that when you have true and genuine Excellence in your dealings people reward you with admiration.

When you have Integrity you get the trust and loyalty of the people. And when you are genuinely human and humane people love you and adore you.

Barack Obama also had in him sincerity with the people, frankness and simplicity.

And what else?

Obviously the charm of Barack Obama was the ultimate factor in his leadership legacy.

In Kenya Barack Obama spoke about his personal life - revealing the finer details of his life, trying to show and demonstrate that adversity and personal pain are the stuff of life that builds people.

He related how he grew up with pain longing for his absent father, and how he finally received healing and wholeness when he visited Kenya for the first time when he was a youth, before going to Harvard. He related intimate details of his visit and stay in Kogelo village at that youthful age where he visited his father's grave. That is where he received his healing, an event that shaped him positively.

From then on he became a different person. He went to Harvard and he excelled so well that he became the first African American editor of the Harvard Law Review. And served as comfort and strength as he aspired for the presidency of the United States later on.

Barack Obama further shared with Kenyans how pain and adversity are powerful vehicles to promote personal growth. Nothing helps you mature and mellow well and reclaim your authentic innate power as experiencing deep harrowing negative personal experiences. Sufferings serve to deepen us. Sufferings and deep personal longing for the things we dearly need causes us to know who we truly are. Suffering is the tool that cracks us open and make as to be genuinely humans.

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