Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

There was a time, a few days ago, when I would have said that Obama was no flip-flopper, because to be one you had to have sides, and that's something he doesn't have. But I was wrong. Back in 2006, Mr. and Mrs. Obama went to Kenya, to see his ancestors' homeland. While they were there, the village named their school after him, and he promised to help them improve their lives.
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."
To this day, he's not lifted a pinky finger to do anything for those people, and this includes his own family that lives there.

But don't lose hope. Baldilocks has started raising funds to help these people, since her family also hails from that particular region in Kenya. If you can help in any way, be it financial or moral support, go on over and let her know. Spread the word and let's help these kids. Somebody should.

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