Special to The Guardian
U.S. President Barack Obama said today in an interview with the foreign press that it’s been a tough seven years and he still has one more to go, but he takes comfort knowing it will soon be over and and he can go back to Kenya. “That’s what keeps me going,” he said.
The first black president of the United States said adjusting to life in America has not been
easy, even though he’s lived here most of his life. But he thinks he did a good job as president and would like to run for the presidency of Kenya in a few years, if the people of his native country will have him. “Winning election in Kenya is not quite as straight-forward as it is here,” he said. “Here, you give a few speeches and, if people like your style, you become well-known and then you just compete in primaries and caucuses held by the states. In Kenya, they don’t care that much about your speech-giving skills, whether you can inspire people. There are tribal loyalties to consider, family wealth, cattle, things like that. But I think I can grease the wheels enough, so to speak, to make it happen. Plus, my dad was well-liked, until he wasn’t.”
If he does make it happen, he would be the first person in modern times to lead one country and then go on to lead another country. “Usually they want you to be born in the country you lead, which would disqualify me for the presidency here, of course,” he said. “But except for a few very sharp people—and I won’t name them, but you might know who they are—no one believed I was born in Kenya, so it all worked out.”
Obama said his health care law stands as his greatest achievement, and he marvels that he was able to get it passed considering native-born presidents weren’t able to do it.
“To think I could get such a massively important piece of legislation done even though I was born in a ramshackle hospital room in Nyang’oma Kogelo is really something,” he said. “America really is a great country. But Kenya will be a major challenge should I get to lead that one, too. They have a lot of problems there, although not like they have here.”
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