Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Audacity of Those Who Promise False Hope

The London Standard has the story of a small African village visited by none other than Barack Obama in 2006.

At that historic homecoming in August 2006 Obama was greeted as a hero with thousands lining the dirt streets of Kogelo. He visited the Senator Obama Kogelo Secondary School built on land donated by his paternal grandfather. After addressing the pupils, a third of whom are orphans, and dancing with them as they sang songs in his honour, he was shown a school with four dilapidated classrooms that lacked even basic resources such as water, sanitation and electricity. He told the assembled press, local politicians (who included current Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga), and students: "Hopefully I can provide some assistance in the future to this school and all that it can be." He then turned to the school's principal, Yuanita Obiero, and assured her and her teachers: "I know you are working very hard and struggling to bring up this school, but I have said I will assist the school and I will do so."

Obiero says that although Obama did not explicitly use the word "financial" to qualify the nature of the assistance he was offering, "there was no doubt among us [teachers] that is what he meant. We interpreted his words as meaning he would help fund the school, either personally or by raising sponsors or both, in order to give our school desperately-needed modern facilities and a facelift". She added that 10 of the school's 144 pupils are Obama's relatives. Obiero was not the only one to think that the US Senator from Illinois, who had recently acquired a $1.65 million house in Chicago, would cough up.


So, let me see he raises their hopes with promises of assistance, goes home to his $1.65 million house and leaves them with no electricity, no running water. but a handful of empty promises and some autographed pictures! Wow! That is audacity! There is apparently no promise made to the poor, to wounded soldiers, or even relatives that O'blurry cannot retreat from, go back on or ignore. Class act!

Hat tip Gateway Pundit
Cross Posted at Say Anything

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