Monday, 4 February 2008

UFOs spotted on campus

UFOs (Ugandans for Obama) are a new group that have started holding meetings on campus and are being enthusiastically supported by many students. Although I can't imagine Hilary is losing sleep over their potential impact on 'Super-Duper, Mega, Tsunami Tuesday' tomorrow, it is interesting to note the breadth of interest and hope Obama has created. The founder of UFO compared Obama with Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther-King in terms of his ability to inspire Africans, both within the continent and the diaspora.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has even attempted to cash in on the Obama magic by revealing they are distant relatives and remarking that 'America will have a Luo President before Kenya', in reference to the ethnic splits currently engulfing the country (more of which here tomorrow).

Several months ago I would personally have struggled to chose between Clinton and Obama but no longer. The cynical tactics of the Clintons in South Carolina, combined with a seemingly smug sense of entitlement that radiates from Bill whenever he speaks, have been important factors, but far more so the consistently impressive performances of Obama. There is also no doubt in my mind that he is the single candidate who could almost overnight start to re-build America's shattered reputation abroad. It's time for change.

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