Published On: Fri, Nov 9th, 2012

Lessons for Kenyan (African) Politicians

President Barack Obama

The Obama Re-election continues to reverberate across the 7 continents unabated and as fresh as if it happened 10 minutes ago.  What lessons can our politicos learn from Team Obama?

Plenty, but I will not go into the abcde of it all, or this could turn into a thesis of some sort. Among the primary lessons that the African politician (read Kenyan) can learn from this team is Common Courtesy, Decency, Humility and Transparency.

Within an hour of President Barack Obama being declared he had won re-election by several exit polls, Prof. Namulundah Florence, and thousands of Team Obama registered supporters had received an email thanking them of their support, depicting Common Courtesy, an attribute that cannot be identified with our politicians on the continent.  Prof. Namulundah forwarded me the email with just one line that said it all – what our leaders cannot learn!

Sent by the Obama Victory Fund, the email also contained an appended breakdown of how the money given by the Contributors was allocated= that is Transparency! (For privacy/data protection purposes I have partly deleted Prof. Namulundah’s email address.)

 

Greetings, something our leaders cannot learn–gratitude to those who stood by them.

 

—–Original Message—–

From: Barack Obama [mailto:info@barackobama.com]

Sent: Wed 11/7/2012 12:07 AM

To: Namulundah Florence

Subject: How this happened

 

Namulundah —

 

I’m about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago,

but I wanted to thank you first.

 

I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t

an accident. You made this happen.

 

You organized yourselves block by block. You took

ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time.

And when it wasn’t easy, you pressed forward.

 

I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support,

and doing what I can to finish what we started.

 

But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got

the chance in the first place.

 

Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary

Americans can overcome powerful interests.

 

There’s a lot more work to do.

 

But for right now: Thank you.

 

Barack

 

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PAID FOR BY OBAMA VICTORY FUND 2012, A JOINT FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE AUTHORIZED BY OBAMA FOR AMERICA, THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE, AND THE STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTIES IN THE FOLLOWING STATES: CO, FL, IA, NV, NH, NC, OH, PA, VA, AND WI.

 

Contributions or gifts to Obama Victory Fund 2012 are not tax deductible.

 

The first $2,500 from a contributor to Obama Victory Fund 2012 will be allocated to Obama for America, designated for the general election.  The next $30,800 from a contributor will be allocated to the Democratic National Committee.  Any additional amount(s) from a contributor will be divided among the State Democratic Party Committees as follows, up to $10,000 per committee and subject to the biennial aggregate limits: OH (24%), FL (15%); WI (12%); IA (10%); NV (10%); VA (9%); CO (7%); NC (7%); PA (3%); and NH (3%).  A contributor may designate a contribution for a particular participant. This allocation formula may change if following it would result in an excessive contribution. Contributions will be used in connection with a Federal election, may be spent on any activities of the participants as each committee determines in its sole discretion, and will not be earmarked for any particular candidate.

 

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