Sorry to burst the bubble of the Obama-philes out there. Sorry to throw cold water on those of you yearning for another Kennedy moment. But Senator Obama is not transformational, not transcendent, and not on a par with the great leaders of our time. He's just a man. Of course, he is highly educated and a gifted speaker, even when he says nothing, but if he were transformational and not just another power-hungry politician, he would have said something about Kenya by now.
Right now, Kenya teeters on the brink of a possible mass genocide. Already, over 1,000 people have died. The UN and other agencies have expressed an absolute sense of urgency that, in order to prevent total chaos, the world must act NOW. Meanwhile, Senator Obama, who has the attention of the entire world and relatives in Kenya, remains SILENT. Why? His background is supposed to be part of his appeal; yet, he seems to be afraid to remind us that he cares about Kenya. Worse still, neither Clinton could raise the issue now without being accused of dirty politics. I’m not suggesting that Senator Obama should make Kenya a central theme of his campaign, but he could add a sentence or two to his stump speech in that foreign policy section where he takes a moment to pronounce Pakistan like a Pakistani. He won’t, though, because he’s just another politician, not some transformational, Kennedy-esque, transcendent man.