Sorry for the post lapse. We've all been down in North Carolina for an excellent conference (more later), except the Cropseys, who have been otherwise occupied (more later).
For those who don't remember "Strawberry-Flavoured Magic Obama Chewing Gum", I really can't blame you, because it was quite a while ago. But lest you think the lack of Obama posting means that Kenya has bailed on their presidential enthusiasm, we have a follow-up for you. Obamania in Kenya has waned somewhat, but overall they remain strongly behind the American President.
One of my favorite manifestations of this is the Obama belt-buckle. There are many of them, manufactured in China and imported with impunity, with seeming disdain for the American phenomenon in which the Obama fans and the Belt-Buckle fans don't really overlap that much. My favorite one is one where you can see the President, but if you rotate it slightly, an image of the first family is reflected.
At any rate, about a month before we were leaving, I told all our guy interns that I would pay double for an Obama belt-buckle. One of them graciously took me up on it, and actually gave it to me as a gift. The accessory is actually too shiny to photograph very easily, but you can see me sporting it below. I still have it, so ask to see it any time.
One day in the hospital, someone passed me this (below). That's right, a $1,000,000 US bill with Obama's picture. But it gets better, because this is actually an evangelistic tract, if you magnify the print on the back of the bill. I looked up the company that made them, and it's an American company, so I guess they manufacture these for use in Kenya.
One of our Kenyan friends shared this picture with us, which is a sign in a Kenyan village, that apparently was the ancestral home of President Obama's family, complete with genealogical lineage.
Kenya does have a unique claim on Obama, but the spirit of East African unity means that Obamania is far from limited to Kenya (as seen in John's eye trips to Tanzania and Sudan). Here is a snapshot of "Obama Shop" (a.k.a. Obama-rama) taken in Burundi, so we have more to look forward to. (Note: if you look closely, you can see a woman behind the glass motioning for the photographer not to take this picture.)