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Obama's Kenyan relatives celebrate re-election

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 01:25

Nov.7 - Relatives of U.S. President Barack Obama celebrate his victory in his father's ancestral village of Kogelo in western Kenya. Travis Brecher reports.

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Jubilation in Kogelo -- the small village in Kenya once home to U.S. President Barack Obama's late father. Many here held vigil through the night, hoping for an Obama victory -- and once the results started trickling in, these folks were overjoyed. Here among the revelers is the U.S. president's grandmother Sarah, who still calls Kogelo home. She said she knew all along that Obama would win re-election. (SOUNDBITE) (Luo) OBAMA'S GRANDMOTHER, SARAH OBAMA, SAYING: "I was not worried in my heart because I had full faith and confidence that he was going to win." But Obama's half-brother Mustafa -- seen here tending their father's grave -- didn't share Sarah's confidence. He feared the poll wouldn't be free and fair. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S HALF BROTHER MUSTAFA OBAMA, SAYING: "We were very nervous. In fact we thought that there was a plan to rig my brother out because every time his supporters were voting the outcome was saying Romney instead of saying Obama so we were very nervous." Sub-Saharan Africa -- including Kenya -- went virtually unnoticed in the U.S. presidential election campaign -- trumped by pressing domestic issues and a dragging war in Afghanistan.

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Obama's Kenyan relatives celebrate re-election

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 01:25