Sunday, June 20, 2010

Possible reason Obama hates the British has been revealed

Barack Hussein Obama with his grandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama, in Africa

Have you ever wondered why President Obama hates the British? His father was a Kenyan citizen and British subject. At the time of Obama's birth, Kenya was a British colony and Barack Obama became a Kenyan citizen and British subject by birth. reported:
When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom's dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.'s children:

British Nationality Act of 1948 (Part II, Section 5): Subject to the provisions of this section, a person born after the commencement of this Act shall be a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by descent if his father is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies at the time of the birth.

In other words, at the time of his birth, Barack Obama Jr. was both a U.S. citizen (by virtue of being born in Hawaii) and a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (or the UKC) by virtue of being born to a father who was a citizen of the UKC. Emphasis mine.

Even though Obama's family were British citizens, they were at odds with the colonial government. President Obama's paternal grandfather was imprisoned and allegedly tortured by the British. Obama's middle name (Hussein) is from his paternal grandfather.

The Daily Mail reported:

The Kenyan bowed his head as his captors opened the prison cell door to deliver another brutal whipping - a punishment meted out after he was accused of taking part in the independence movement against the British colonial authorities.

The man had been working as a cook for a British Army officer. And his name? Hussein Onyango Obama - President Barack Obama's paternal grandfather....

'The African warders were instructed by the white soldiers to whip him every morning and evening till he repented,' says Sarah Onyango, Hussein Onyango's third wife, and the woman President Obama calls 'Granny Sarah'.

Mrs Onyango, now 89, says 'white soldiers' visited the prison every two or three days...

This week, she told the Mail in an exclusive interview that she believes that learning of the torture meted out to his grandfather turned her grandson, the U.S. President, against Britain. Sitting under a mango tree in the garden of her modest home in Kogelo village, Kenya, surrounded by the family's chickens, cows and goat, she recalls telling Barack Obama his family history on his first visit to Kenya in 1988.

'I narrated the whole story to Barack one evening...
Emphasis mine.


JP said...

this is old news to many of us.

Anonymous said...

It would take a petty individual to hold something that happened 50 years ago against the British. Of course, we are talking about Obama.