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Obama returns to his ancestral homeland

President Obama is visiting Kenya this weekend. It’s his first trip there since becoming president, but not his first ever, having visited as a young man his relatives and the grave of his father, and later as a Senator in 2006.

Obama will not visit his father’s village on this trip, but will confine his time to the capitol, Nairobi.

Obama’s visit is like “a brother coming back,” said a worker at a Nairobi cafe. (Dallas Morning News)

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6 Responses to Obama returns to his ancestral homeland

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    Dave B. July 25, 2015 at 1:04 am #

    In an interview-through-translator excerpted on PRI’s “The World” the other day, Sarah Obama referred to her grandson as a “child of Kenya.” If there’s sufficient blood left in the birther corpus, I figure that’ll show up like that dumb translation video where they made some figure-of-speech remark of hers out to be a literal admission of a Kenyan birth.

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    RanTalbott July 25, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    Dave B.: I figure that’ll show up like that dumb translation video where they made some figure-of-speech remark of hers out to be a literal admission of a Kenyan birth.

    Oh, they don’t need a video to work from: I just came across this at WorldNutDaily.

    The conversation was with Ron McRae (Archbishop of the Anabaptists Churches of North America) – she CLEARLY states she will show him exactly where zerO was born in Kenya.

    And a different poster claimed this:

    You misrepresented what happened — when Sarah first gave her answer, she said two things that “officials” and a grandson tried to “correct” in order to conform to a prescribed script …
    #1. She originally said that Big O was born in Mombasa, Kenya
    #2. She insisted that she had been present at Big O’s birth

    So now there were “officials” present for the conversation, enforcing a “script”.

    Musta been the same ones who forced the Kenyan ambassador to say he was born there….

    Oh, and the “Welcome to Kenya, birthplace of Obama” road sign has moved to the airport. I guess the guy who advocated telling the truth because it’s difficult to keep your lies straight was right 😉

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    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater July 25, 2015 at 9:11 am #

    RanTalbott: Oh, and the “Welcome to Kenya, birthplace of Obama” road sign has moved to the airport. I guess the guy who advocated telling the truth because it’s difficult to keep your lies straight was right

    It’s amazing how the story keeps morphing. The one thing she said through translator was she was present because mcrae kept referring to her grandson and son interchangeably.

    Birthers somehow changed that to her saying she was right there in the delivery room and that she held him

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    Arthur B. July 25, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: The one thing she said through translator was she was present because mcrae kept referring to her grandson and son interchangeably.

    I read the situation a little differently.

    Imagine that the question had been, “Were you there when Obama was born?” It is not hard to see that that question could have been taken to mean “Were you there (i.e., where you are now) at the time of Obama’s birth?”

    The English word used was actually “present” rather than “there,” but considering that what Sarah Obama heard was not either English word but rather a Swahili/Luo translation, it still seems like a plausible route for misunderstanding.

    There is a full transcript of the conversation with a lot of explanatory footnotes at … well, right here! http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/obamatranscriptlulu109.pdf

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    Dave B. July 25, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    I was talking about the mess that starts about eight minutes in in this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGWcD5OHm08

    about the translation of “Barack is a son of Kenya.”

    RanTalbott: Oh, they don’t need a video to work from: I just came across this at WorldNutDaily.

    And a different poster claimed this:

    So now there were “officials” present for the conversation, enforcing a “script”.

    Musta been the same ones who forced the Kenyan ambassador to say he was born there….

    Oh, and the “Welcome to Kenya, birthplace of Obama” road sign has moved to the airport. I guess the guy who advocated telling the truth because it’s difficult to keep your lies straight was right 😉

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    Rickey July 25, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    Obama joked about this birth certificate today.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/barack-obama/obama-makes-birth-certificate-joke-kenya-trip-n398381