The length to which Barack Obama will go to disrespect and ignore others never ceases to amaze. And his obsession with gay rights to the exclusion of all else was brazenly apparent on Saturday. President Obama had been warned before coming not to bring up the issue of gay rights during his trip to Kenya, where gay sex is illegal. But Obama made clear before his trip that he planned to raise the issue of gay rights with African government officials. In his usual arrogant and upper-handed manner, Obama, lectured Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta about his country’s gay rights record. In an attempt to equate legalized discrimination of gays to legalized racism in America, Obama compared discrimination of gays to legalized racism in America stating, “And when a government gets in a habit of people treating people differently, those habits can spread,” Obama continued. “As an African-American, I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under the law,” reports CNN.
Kenyatta immediately pushed back Saturday stating while the U.S. and Kenya share many common values and goals, gay rights is not one of them. “The fact of the matter is Kenya and the U.S. share so many values: common love for democracy, entrepreneurship, value for families — these are some things that we share,” Kenyatta said. “But there are some things that we must admit we don’t share. Our culture, our societies don’t accept.”
Kenyatta went on to state “It is very difficult for us to be able to impose on people that which they themselves do not accept,” Kenyatta continued. “This is why I repeatedly say for Kenyans today the (gay rights issue) is generally a non-issue. We want to focus on other areas.” Kenya is a predominantly Christian country.
Sky News on Saturday pointed out that gay sex is punishable by up to 14 years in jail in Kenya. Many other African countries also outlaw homosexual relations. Kenyatta dismissed gay rights as a “non-issue” for his country. Obama’s visit is the first to the country by a sitting US president. And on this historic visit, he chose to call on African nations to treat homosexual people equally under the law. With all of the pressing issues in Africa, that was his priority. It should be noted in his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” Obama wrote that his father, Barack Obama Sr., had a longstanding political conflict with Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta, the father of Kenya’s current president. According to the memoir, Obama Sr.’s conflict with President Jomo Kenyatta destroyed the economist’s career.
In an odd twist, Obama also had firm words for Kenya on civil rights and corruption, describing endemic graft as “the single biggest impediment to Kenya growing even faster,” and saying people were being “consistently sapped by corruption at a high level and at a low level.” Does this sound vaguely familiar? Obama said there was a need for “visible prosecutions” to show citizens action was being taken. “They don’t have to be a forensic accountant to know what is going on,” Obama said, giving the example of officials driving expensive cars or building houses far above what their salaries would allow, reports Newsmax. And he said these things with a straight face.
Obama wrapped up the evening with a state dinner with Kenyatta, with the atmosphere reported as lively and friendly. During this trip he is not expected to visit the community in western Kenya where his father was born and is buried. Next, Mr Obama is heading to Ethiopia. He is the first sitting US president to visit that country as well.