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Obama's granny expresses confidence over her grandson re-elected

English.news.cn   2012-11-07 02:09:22            

KOGELO, Kenya, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's grandmother Sarah Obama expressed confidence on Tuesday that her grandson Barack Obama will be re-elected for the second time as U. S. president.

Speaking in her Kenyan village of K'Ogello where locals are following closely the ongoing voting in U.S., Sarah heaped praise on her grandson, saying his unique leadership style of uniting all the races was a key factor towards his re-election bid.

"His style of leadership skills which he has used to unite all the races in the U.S. is the reason why he is liked by many," the 90-year-old granny said on Tuesday.

The grandmother said despite the perceived competition from his arch rival Mitt Romney, Obama was still the man to beat.

She recalled how Obama senior before his death told her that he has sired a white baby boy who will once become a powerful person in the world.

"His father jokingly told me that he gave birth to a very sharp boy who exhibits quality of a leader in future which at first I dismissed but now I have witnessed," explained the granny dressed in yellow dress with a matching head gear.

Sarah said Kenyan leaders should emulate Obama, and put more efforts in maintaining peace, not only in the country, but even in East and Central Africa.

The residents of Kogelo are elated and still expect more achievements from their son once he is re-elected as the president of the world's super power.

Sarah added that like his late father who loved to unite and help people, the American president exhibited similar characteristics.

Sarah said she would have wished to attend the celebrations in the U.S. following the victory of the grandson but because of her ill health she cannot.

"Even last elections I did not want to attend the inauguration but Obama insisted and paid my air ticket," added the granny.

Big screen TVs have been mounted at Kogelo Resort Center where local and international visitors get a rare opportunity of following the proceedings as it unfolds.

Several media were locked out from entering the house as police officers kept vigil with strict orders from the US Embassy and immediate family members.

Those who managed to enter were frisked at the gate with orders of note taking photos of the old woman.

The U.S. president has visited Kogelo three times, in 1983, in 1995 and in 2006.


Editor: Chen Zhi
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