Saturday, August 23, 2008

‘My grandfather was the first person in his village to encounter white people.’

I tip my hat to Jack & Jill Politics for pointing to a set of videos on YouTube featuring Barack Obama in 1995. It’s a cable-TV interview focused on Obama’s first book, “Dreams from My Father.”

Obama hadn’t yet entered politics. He was a civil-rights lawyer at the Chicago firm of Davis, Miller, Barnhill & Galland.

The man has come quite a ways in 13 short years. More impressive than that, though, is the distance traveled since his Kenyan grandfather was born in 1895. Which Obama discusses in the 9½-minute clip below.


Kellybelle said...

He was so cute!!!

makheru bradley said...

“What about those boys?” Those boys would be young black males in crisis, and Obama sounds so sincere—connecting with the sprit of the Freedom Riders; grassroots organizing.

This really requires an in-depth analysis that I don’t have time to make at this moment.

However since Obama is talking about the leap forward that his father made, I’m sure this issue of his half-brother in Kenya will come up at some point during this campaign. Someone is certain ask, what about your half-brother Barack?