|The US Senate candidate of Kenyan
descent, Mr Barack Obama, electrified the crowd at the Democratic Partys convention
held to endorse John Kerry as President Bushs challenger at the November election.
The keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Boston,
Obama had a message of hope and optimism.
In his finest hour, the crowd rose to its feet with
thunderous applause, as a sea of "Obama" signs waved in the air, and delegates
chanted, "Obama! Obama! Obama!"
Born of a Kenyan father, Mr Hussein Onyango Obama, Obama
Jnr has been described by Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior as the "best our community
has ever produced".
Barrack Obama addresses the US Democratic Party convention in Boston.
So far, he has no opposition and is all set to become
senator. And if he wins, Obama who is currently the Democratic Party Senator of one
of Illinois districts, a lower position he has held since 1997, would become only
the third black senator since the Civil War era.
Kenyans should expect the senior lecturer in the law school
at the University of Chicago to retrace his roots and come back to build a simba
a traditional Luo hut in his fathers Siaya home.
When he visited Kenya last, he showed his grandmother Sarah
the spot where he would put up the grass-thatched house before putting up a permanent one
"because he was a Jakogelo (member of the Kogelo clan).
Today, Kenyas Leader of the Official Opposition, Mr
Uhuru Kenyatta, is set to meet and hold talks with Obama at the ongoing convention.
Mr Kenyatta is attending the convention on the invitation
of the National Democratic Institute. He is among senior government officials, diplomats
and political leaders from across the world attending the colourful event.
At the Tuesday address, Obamas speech was described
thus: Beautiful, fantastic and powerful.
And he did not forget his roots in Kogelo clan in South
East Alego location, Karemo division of Siaya district. Obama, one of the Democratic
Partys rising stars, used his own story in a call for America to "reclaim its
promise" as a place of opportunity and "the audacity of hope," CNN
"Lets face it, my presence on this stage is
pretty unlikely," said Obama, who is running for the open US Senate seat in Illinois.
Obama, who turns 43 in August, recalled that his father was
a foreign student from a small village in Kenya, who "grew up herding goats, went to
school in a tin-roof shack" and that his mother was born in Kansas, the daughter of
an itinerant oil rig worker.
"My parents shared not only an improbable love, they
shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation," Obama told the
Democratic National Convention.
"They would give me an African name, Barack, or
blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to
"They imagined me going to the best schools in the
land, even though they werent rich, because in a generous America you dont
have to be rich to achieve your potential," he said.
Obama, who was born in Hawaii and grew up in Chicago, is a
graduate of Columbia University and Harvard University Law School.
"I stand here knowing that my story is part of the
larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that in
no other country on earth is my story even possible," said Obama, who has been an
Illinois state senator since 1997.
He appears to be a shoo-in for the US Senate after his
Republican challenger, Jack Ryan, bowed out of the race in June amid allegations he took
his wife to sex clubs. They have since divorced.
The GOP has yet to find a replacement candidate, but as
Obama told CNN earlier Tuesday, "three months is a lifetime in politics."
Obama was introduced by longtime Democratic Senator Dick
Durbin of Illinois, who referred to him as "a man who can help heal the divisions of
Obama said that as he travels around his state, the people
he meets "dont expect government to solve all their problems."